Home pre-season victory for Saffron Walden over Enfield

PUBLISHED: 10:03 10 September 2015 | UPDATED: 10:03 10 September 2015

Tom Hughes. Picture by Jamie Pluck.

Tom Hughes. Picture by Jamie Pluck.

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The pre-season campaign continued for Saffron Walden RFC with a 19-10 home victory over old rivals Enfield on Saturday.

Adam Miles. Picture by Jamie Pluck.Adam Miles. Picture by Jamie Pluck.

The visitors, who have been transferred across to the West Division, proved ideal opponents in Walden’s second warm-up contest prior to the league campaign starting in two weeks time.

For the first 15 minutes Walden looked the better team, but could not maintain the continuity of possession to convert their advantage into any points as the set piece, especially the lineout, was just not functioning.

It was no surprise that Enfield were the first to score as they gained possession on the halfway line and some good interplay between the backs saw them break through in the centre and executed the final pass to score out wide.

From the restart, the hosts found themselves on the back foot after giving away a couple of penalties and then reduced to 14 as a yellow card was given for going in at the side and bringing down a driving maul.

Enfield reset the line out and this time set up an unstoppable driving maul as they stormed over to score their second try to go 10-0 up with 20 minutes played.

Finally Walden’s set piece began to function as the lineout started to come together.

When they were back up to full strength, they drove deep into the visitors’ half and, with patience, passed the ball one way then the other, finally working the ball into the Enfield 22.

As they created a gap for the backs to exploit outside centre Mark Kimberley scored in the corner. Full back Tom Price kicked a fine conversion to narrow the gap to 10-7 at the half-time break.

The second half kicked off and it was apparent the half-time team talk had worked.

Walden tightened up their game and dominated most of the second half.

Their second try came after only five minutes as Walden worked the ball up the field and as it was fed down the line 20 metres out, Tom Pryke playing at No. 8 ran a fantastic line and was found with a perfectly timed pass and went through under the sticks.

A conversion saw Walden take a 14-10 lead.

Ten minutes later Walden extended their lead as inside centre Adam Miles went over as Walden drove ahead with forwards and backs working together.

The final 20 minutes was scrappy as both sides used the substitutes’ bench to get everyone on to the park.

Good defence meant that Enfield never looked like scoring and the final whistle blew.

Walden’s man of the match went to forward Matt Holden.


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