Saffron Walden extend London 2NE lead at the top with South Woodham Ferrers victory

PUBLISHED: 08:45 04 February 2016

Saffron Walden RFC's Mark Kimberley. Picture: Jamie Pluck

Saffron Walden RFC's Mark Kimberley. Picture: Jamie Pluck

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Saffron Walden RFC extended their lead at the top of London 2NE to six points after winning 43-15 at South Woodham Ferrers.

A brace apiece for Mark Kimberley and David Patch along with solitary tries from Tom Hughes and Tom Price and a penalty try handed them an 11th straight win.

Walden had the better of the early-going, and after six penalties in the red zone, the referee lost patience and sin-binned a home player.

The visitors took full advantage in the 10th minute and Hughes went over to score the first try. Full back Tom Price converted.

A Ferrers penalty following a high tackle reduced the arrears to 7-3 but moments later, a great break by flanker Matt Holden’s persistence brought a penalty which they played with Price receiving the ball to go over wide out to extend the lead.

Winger Ross Ferguson was taken off as he suffered an accidental kick to the elbow but was replaced by Patch who immediately made an impact, scoring Walden’s third try After several phases, they attacked down the blind side and a couple of quick passes saw Ferrers run out of cover and he went over in the corner. for 17-3.

Credit the hosts who hit back just before the break to take the score to 17-8 at the interval but that was as close as they were to get to Walden.

Now with the slope in their favour, Walden started the second half in more determined mood and it soon paid dividends as a penalty try and Kimberley effort in the first 10 minutes to put the game beyond the home side’s reach.

The game became a bit disjointed for the middle part of the half as both sides had players sin binned for technical offences.

With reduced compliments of men, Ferrers grabbed their second try of the match before Kimberley and Patch, supplied by man-of-the-match Josh Harris, wrapped up the bonus-point victory.

This Saturday, Walden entertain London Exiles in the National Intermediate Cup.

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