Saffron Walden beat South Woodham Ferrers on Henham return
PUBLISHED: 11:07 29 October 2015 | UPDATED: 11:07 29 October 2015
Saffron Walden returned to Henham after a month on the road, seeing off struggling Ferrers to run out winners and move fourth in the table.
Captain James Gosden, Harry Stocking and Mitch Clare were on target with tries for the hosts as they beat a determined Ferrers side.
Saffron struggled to get their hands on the ball in the opening moments, with a long-range penalty, which was missed, their best opportunity of getting on the scoreboard.
Once they did get some control of the ball, a deft kick from 20m out turned the defence and both winger Nick Dawson along with captain and second row Gosden chased the ball.
The latter was first to it, scoring just before the full-back got across. Unfortunately the extras could not be added.
The visitors narrowed the gap when Walden gave away a penalty five minutes later for going over on the wrong side. Ferrers made no mistake with the kick and that was how the score remained until the interval.
Walden looked much better in the second half and some determined play brought them close to a second try several times in the opening 10 minutes.
During a period of home pressure the ball was passed inside for prop Stocking coming into the line at pace to burst over the try line from five metres out to score.
Tom Hughes converted to put Walden ahead 12-3.
However, Saffron were unable to pull away as they gave a couple of penalties away and SWF kicked to the corner and drove over from the subsequent maul to get the next score to make it 12-8.
But Walden extended their lead yet again when finally a backs move came off and centre Clare shrugged off a couple of tackles 25 metres out and was through under the posts to round off a well-worked move and put the home side 19-8 up with 16 minutes remaining.
Ferrers again roared back to score an unconverted try but, thankfully for Walden, there was to be no comeback.
It was Walden who controlled the game in the last 10 minutes even turning down a penalty in front of the posts with two minutes still on the clock in the belief that they could get the bonus point try.
It was a good day for the club with all three teams winning. The 2nds won 30-12 at Ely 2nds and the 3rds beat Cambourne 30-24.
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