Letchworth loss is new low for Walden

PUBLISHED: 09:00 08 December 2017

Saffron Walden attack (pic Jamie Pluck)

Saffron Walden attack (pic Jamie Pluck)

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Saffron Walden head to Old Priorians on Saturday, having lost to fellow London One North strugglers Letchworth Garden City last weekend.

A Saffron Walden player tackles a rival (pic Jamie Pluck)A Saffron Walden player tackles a rival (pic Jamie Pluck)

It took the visitors just two minutes to burst through the Walden defence after they gathered their own kick-off before crossing the whitewash.

The home side then responded with three penalties to lead 9-5, but their joy was short lived as Letchworth grabbed a second try midway through the first half to hit the front again.

Walden managed to regain the lead minutes later when centre Mark Kimberley finished off a flowing move to make it 14-12.

But that was the last time the home side would lead as Letchworth struck back with two converted tries in quick succession to go 26-14 up.

Returning fly-half Chris Clayton-Smith gave Walden hope when he chipped and gathered to score under the posts and close the gap to five points.

Walden couldn’t hold on until half time, though, as the visitors scored again to make it 33-21 at the midway mark.

Letchworth ran away with it after the restart, with two more tries midway through the second half giving them a 47-21 cushion.

Winger Ollie Webber scored the last try of the game for the home side 12 minutes from time as they worked an overlap on the left hand before he sprinted over.

It was merely a consolation for Walden as they were condemned to their ninth loss in 12 games this season.

Walden have now lost their last three matches, conceding 188 points in the process, since their 34-34 draw at Diss.

There was better news for Saffron Walden under 15s as they dismantled local rivals Royston 60-7 in the cup.

Royston took the lead with their only score of the game, but Walden turned things around in style.

Two tries from Harry Vincent-West put the hosts into the lead and they added eight more as they ran riot.

Their 10-try haul included four for Charlie Cansell and first cup tries for Will Evans and Ming Sang Ho.

The man of the match award went to Axel Nylander-Early who controlled the match with maturity, and Walden will visit Shelford in the next round.

Saffron Walden Town Football Club are set to visit Histon in the Thurlow Nunn Eastern Counties Premier Division on Saturday, having been in action away at Godmanchester Rovers last night (Wednesday).

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