Cambridgeshire Cup final delight for Saffron Walden

PUBLISHED: 10:53 31 March 2016 | UPDATED: 10:53 31 March 2016

Brad Baker, Matt Holden and Ben Nash clutch the Cambridgeshire County Cup

Brad Baker, Matt Holden and Ben Nash clutch the Cambridgeshire County Cup

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Saffron Walden RFC claimed what will hopefully be the first leg of an historic double this season, beating Zoo League Division Two side Shelford Nomads 35-22 to lift the Cambridgeshire Cup.

In front of a large travelling support at Cambridge University’s Grange Road Ground, London 2NE leaders Walden rarely looked in danger of losing and a 13-point cushion at both half and full-time was more than enough to seal the silverware.

Steven Mugridge, Mark Kimberley, Tom Hughes and skipper James Gosden all crossed the whitewash for tries while the reliable right boot of Tom Price made sure of this dominant win.

Walden were first on the scoreboard having worked their way deep into Shelford’s 22.

The ball was fed out to prop Mugridge who shrugged off two tackles and barged over to score under the posts. Full back Price converted for 7-0.

Shelford hit back from the kick-off and immediately pressured Walden into straying offside and took the three points. Moments later they had notched a fine converted try to take the lead for their one and only time.

A penalty drew Walden level at 10-10 and then surged ahead via a second try.

Fine penetrating rugby got Walden on the attack and a good move was finished by Kimberley’s swift movement.

Two further Price penalties, first for hands in the ruck and then after Paul Marshall had been illegally tackled seconds after an earlier infringement, gave Walden their 23-10 half-time lead.

Early in the second half, Walden all but secured cup glory.

First, Tom Hughes sidestepped two players with some neat footwork to dot the ball down over the try line and eight minutes later, Gosden, supplied by Marshall, took his chance to touch down.

Walden changed things up late on allowing Shelford to score two late tries but the victory was already assured.

All eyes return to the league with Walden in need of just two wins to secure the title.

Next up are Romford at Henham this Saturday.

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