Rugby: Heartache at the end for Walden Colts in the Eastern Counties U18 Plate

16:41 24 February 2014

Flanker Josh Curtis with a pair of safe hands at the lineout.

Flanker Josh Curtis with a pair of safe hands at the lineout.

Archant

This closely-fought game slipped out of the hands of Saffron Walden RFC combined U17/18 team in the last two minutes.

Try scorer Ben Morris offloads to centre partner Andrew Smith.Try scorer Ben Morris offloads to centre partner Andrew Smith.

With a strong wind behind them Walden looked sharp early on. Following solid forward play on the left on seven minutes, centre Ben Morris received the ball in midfield, charged at the retreating Southwold defence and crashed over for the try. Unfortunately, as he was preparing to convert, the ball blew off the kicking tee, and the referee ruled that the conversion attempt was out of time.

For the remainder of the half, both sets of defensive units came to the fore. Solid tackling from forwards Josh Curtis, John Clark and Matt Holden ensured that Southwold attacks were few in number and came to nothing. In attack, however, Walden were unable to string together sufficient phases of play to make an impact on the scoreboard, the wet and windy conditions playing their part in handling errors.

With just a five-point advantage the second half was always going to be tough for Walden. Southwold attacked with intensity and after three minutes scored on the right wing. The conversion hit the post.

For the next 30 minutes Walden tackled solidly in the face of repeated Southwold attacks. Prop Harvey Woodbridge challenged superbly at the front of several defensive lineouts and hooker Mikey Sharp demonstrated his specialist skills in winning the ball against the head in scrum after scrum.

With just two minutes left on the clock, the visitors managed to put together sufficient phases of play to work the ball out to the left and the outside centre was able to touch down. It was heartache for Walden after such a valiant second half effort.

0 comments

More news stories

16 minutes ago
Constance surrounded by all her imidiate family

A woman who cycled home from Hastings to Thaxted on a tandem on the day the Second World War broke out has just celebrated her 100th birthday. Connie Jarvis was born on June 17 1915.

Yesterday, 16:23
Saffron Ice Cream Company

On the eve of its fifth birthday, The Saffron Ice Cream Company was last week ranked first for making the best ice cream around. To celebrate, ABIGAIL WEAVING went behind the scenes to find out how the top-ranking treat is produced.

Yesterday, 16:18
Police

The Safer Essex Roads Partnership is calling for greater awareness of motorbike safety after incident figures have soared in the county.

Yesterday, 12:11
Alex Dowsett - Winner of Verulam Cycling Club event

It has already been a big year for Essex born cyclist, Alex Dowsett, who smashed the World Hour Cycling Record with a total distance of 52.937km in May.

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Saffron Walden Reporter e-edition today E-edition

Most read stories