Saffron Walden beaten away to Diss

PUBLISHED: 07:21 08 October 2015

Mitch Clare

Mitch Clare


There was a tough day at the office for Saffron Walden as they lost 52-31 on Saturday away to Diss who no doubt will be one of the strongest sides in the league this year.

The hosts started well making their way into the Walden half and putting pressure on the visitors, but they could not quite penetrate enough to get a score.

After 10 minutes Walden counter-attacked with pace and slick handling between backs and forwards that saw captain James Gosden go over in the corner to put Walden ahead for the only time in the game.

It was clear that Walden were up against a well drilled and bigger pack and Diss used this advantage twice during the rest of the half as Walden collapsed a scrum as it trundled towards the line and the referee awarded a penalty try.

Then from the last play of the half they gained a five metre scrum and this time scored a push over try to leave the half-time score at 12-5 to Diss.

Diss were first to score after five minutes of the second half stretching their lead to 17-5.

The game was then broken up as first Walden suffered two fairly serious injuries to the front row and the scrums had to go uncontested which was an obvious advantage to the visitors.

This advantage for Walden was soon negated when a player was given a red card for careless use of the boot.

Down to 14, Walden suffered over the next 10 minutes as Diss cut loose and ran in three converted tries to put the game seemingly beyond Walden’s grasp at 38-5.

Heads could have gone down, but the 14 dug deep and found a try out of nothing as the backs made a break and Mark Kimberley ran into space to get within five metres of the try line as he was tackled he managed to offload to Will Brown who dived over for 38-12.

With renewed confidence Walden started to find their feet.

Two more quick tries came as the forwards followed up openings made by the backs.

Firstly flanker Eddie Brown went over and then front row Harry Stocking scored as Walden came back in the game making the scoreboard look a lot different at 38-26.

The comeback was dented as Diss scored another well worked try, but Walden replied as Brown went over for his second and there was still only two scores in it at 45-31.

But finally Walden’s depleted line-up finally ran out of steam and Diss scored the final try in the corner with time up to leave the final score at 52-31.

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