Rugby: Sawston captain says "season starts here"

PUBLISHED: 09:58 24 November 2010

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DESPITE losing narrowly to their neighbours, Sawston are still keen on making the 2010/11 season a successful one.

Sawston 21 Walden Saxons 29

DESPITE losing narrowly to their neighbours, Sawston are still keen on making the 2010/11 season a successful one.

They ran out 21-29 losers to a strong Saffron Walden Saxons team on Saturday afternoon but, after finishing runners up in the league and cup last year, captain Dan Fordham is keen to reinforce a positive outlook.

With early season results not quite meeting expectations he said: “The season starts here. It was a great effort from everyone today, Walden were strong opposition but we’ve got to build on this performance and keep improving for the rest of the season.”

As the 14-all half time score would suggest, Saturday’s game was a tight affair and only moments of individual brilliance divided the two teams.

Sawston were leading after 60 minutes and played some excellent rugby in spells. Pantxoa Salagoity in particular was in fine form – scoring 14 points of his own before the visitors even got off the mark.

Credit must go to the Walden though. Even at 14-0 they never gave in. As the game went on, Sawston legs tired and the visitors took control.

Nearly all of the last twenty minutes saw Walden attacking the Sawston line and the pressure finally resulted in points. Three well worked tries in the last quarter took the game away from the hosts.

Sawston did strike back as another clearance kick from Pantxoa Salagoity earned possession in the Walden twenty-two from which Ashley Eusden finished strongly with two tacklers on his heels.

Pantxoa Salagoity made his third conversion but it was too little too late as the final whistle went an the final 21-29 score was confirmed.

Next: Sawston are away at Bishop Stortford thirds. Kick off 2.30pm and Saffron Walden host Honington Hornets, also a 2.30 kick off.

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