Saffron Walden left to regret sleepy opening stages

PUBLISHED: 16:39 14 October 2015 | UPDATED: 16:39 14 October 2015

Mark Kimberley. Picture by Jamie Pluck.

Mark Kimberley. Picture by Jamie Pluck.

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A slow start cost Saffron Walden RFC dear on Saturday as they went down 43-38 at Campion.

The first quarter was dominated by the hosts as they ran in four unanswered tries to lead 24-0 after 23 minutes.

Walden then picked themselves up and started to compete.

Confidence returned as centre Mark Kimberley finished off a good move to open Walden’s account and Tom Hughes converted to pull it back to 24-7 on the half hour mark.

Hughes then received the ball and spotted the drift defence, dummied and ran through to score under the posts.

Walden launched a final attack as half-time loomed. Campion gave a penalty away as they tried to slow quick ball with hands in the ruck. Walden took the three points to trail by one score going into half- time 24-17 down.

Campion were first to score in the second half stretching their lead to 31-17.

But Walden continued to play the high tempo game and were rewarded as winger Ben Nash narrowed the gap to 31-24.

It was Campion who scored next with an unconverted try, but Walden bounced back from the restart and sharp passing again found Nash as he scampered under the posts to make it 36-31 with 15 minutes left.

The topsy-turvy half continued as Campion scored a converted try to open the gap to two scores at 43 -31.

But Walden were still pushing and Nash completed his hat-trick of tries to make it 43-38.

The hosts had a man sent off before a late forward pass denied Walden the chance for the try they needed to level as they slipped to defeat with the slow start costly.

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