Saffron Walden RFC inch closer to London 2NE title with Rochford victory
PUBLISHED: 16:13 23 March 2016 | UPDATED: 16:13 23 March 2016
Daniel Hunter's Saffron Walden now require just two wins from their final three games to clinch the league title after this success at their fourth-placed hosts on Saturday.
First-half tries from Tom Hughes, Mark Kimberley and Adam Miles gave Walden a commanding lead and a further score after the break from David Patch settled the encounter.
It was Rochford who were first on the scoreboard as they gained a penalty just inside the 22 as Walden infringed at the breakdown.
However, they soon found themselves trailing when fly-half Hughes finished a flowing passing move to go over in the corner.
The next try came 10 minutes later when the Walden forwards won a line-out. The ball was fed out to Hughes who timed his pass perfectly to Miles and the right winger used his considerable pace to supply Kimberley for a second score of the afternoon.
The final try of the half came after Walden had exerted sustained pressure on the Rochford line and the home team were forced to concede several penalties inside their 22.
Eventually Walden broke through Hughes’ tap penalty and found Miles in space wide out and he coasted in running round towards the posts. Tom Price converted and handed the visitors a 17-3 lead at the break.
Left winger Patch gave Walden a perfect start to the second half in the 44th minute, outmuscling the cover to cross the whitewash.
Credit the hosts though as they scored two quick-fire tries to reduce the deficit to just seven points.
However, Walden regrouped and an easy penalty in front of the posts increased the advantage to 10 points and two Rochford sin-bins in the final 10 minutes ensured there was not to be a late twist in the tale.
The league leaders have the Easter weekend off before they entertain Romford & Gidea Park at Henham on April 2.