Saffron Walden denied late on by battling Manor

PUBLISHED: 14:45 09 November 2016 | UPDATED: 12:11 16 November 2016

Saffron Walden man gets in a tackle. Picture: Jamie Pluck

Saffron Walden man gets in a tackle. Picture: Jamie Pluck

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Saffron Walden surrendered a late advantage to draw 29-29 with Eton Manor in London One North at Henham on Saturday.

Walden opened the scoring after 15 minutes through Ben Stapleton’s try, converted by Tom Price, although Manor struck back immediately with a penalty try.

The hosts went back ahead soon after as this time Kimberley found himself space and used his pace to go over near the corner with a fine kick sealing the seven points.

Then on the half-hour mark Manor were penalised for a deliberate knock-on 45 metres out and were marched back a further 10 for denying the opportunity for Walden to tap and go.

This put the kick in range and Price duly slotted over for 17-7.

Manor hit back with two tries using their scrum superiority to good effect and the half-time score stood at 17-17.

Within six minutes of the restart Walden were back ahead through Stapleton’s second try and minutes later Price put the hosts 29-17 up.

Walden were reduced to 14 men as they infringed at the breakdown deep inside the red zone and Manor capitalised with another push-over try to get back to within one score adrift at 29-24 with still 20 minutes to play.

The visitors also had a player sin-binned for a no arms tackle.

Manor kept playing to their strength and from a close-range line-out they set up a driving maul which proved unstoppable and they went over near the corner.

However, the conversion sailed wide leaving the end scores level.

On Saturday Walden take on Shelford Nomads in the Cambridgeshire Cup at Henham with a 2.30pm kick-off before returning to league action at Letchworth on November 19.

Both sides tried in vain to win the game but discipline held and there was no further opportunities for either team and they both had to settle for a draw and try scoring bonus point.

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