Price's two kicks keep promotion push alive
PUBLISHED: 14:42 04 February 2015 | UPDATED: 14:42 04 February 2015
Full-back Tom Price only kicked two penalties, which amounted to Saffron Walden's entire output, but it was enough to beat Enfield Ignatians 6-5 in London Two North East.
With eight games left to play this season, Walden are in the midst of a six-team fight for promotion. Walden are fourth with 49 points, 13 off leaders Chelmsford, this Saturday’s opponents, and three ahead of sixth-placed Norwich.
The top team are automatically promoted while the runner-up players the second-placed team from London Two North West for the right to play in London One North.
At this stage of the campaign, every point counts and Walden picked up four with an incredibly tight win over Enfield on Saturday in London, a result that all-but ends Ignatian’s hopes of a promotion push.
The pitch at Enfield was just about playable but quick, passing rugby was going to be impossible. Instead, both teams tried to keep the ball with the forwards and earn hard-fought yards.
Enfield had the first chance to score after Walden strayed offside but, instead of kicking to touch, they tried a cross-field kick that lacked the accuracy needed to set up a try.
With the ever-reliable Price in the line-up, Walden didn’t need any gimmicks and he repaid his side’s faith by opening the scoring with his right boot.
Enfield threw out any trickery on their next foray into Walden territory. After winning a penalty, they kicked for the corner and set up a driving maul to score.
Walden turned around 5-3 down but it didn’t stay that was for long as Price split the uprights from 30 metres after Enfield were penalised for not rolling away.
Walden defended doggedly for the remainder of the game and turned down points in favour of territory as they held out to win the tightest of games.