Saffron Walden's up-and-down away form continues at Fullerians
PUBLISHED: 16:29 15 February 2017 | UPDATED: 16:29 15 February 2017
Saffron Walden's up-and-down London One North away form continued as they were beaten 27-17 by Fullerians on Saturday.
Having won just three of their 10 away games this season, Walden were again undone on the road against a side they had defeated 71-48 at home earlier in the campaign.
Fullerians were first on the scoreboard after 25 minutes with a well-worked try as they broke through in the centres to score under the posts
They then extended their lead to 14 points five minutes later when they got their second try, employing their strong pack to push Walden over from a five-metre scrum.
Walden finally got points on the board with virtually the last kick of the half when the home team were penalised for slowing the ball down in the ruck.
Walden would have wanted to set up a foothold at the beginning of the second half but it was not to be as Fullerians kicked a penalty with only 43 minutes on the clock and then scored their third converted try to go 24-3 up with still 25 minutes to play.
It was at this point that Walden started to play with some determination and they worked the ball deep into the home team’s 22.
It was prop Steve Mugridge who scored Walden’s first try as he barged his way towards the line, twisting round to break free and touch down with Tom Price converting,
Then five minutes later Walden regained possession and a couple of good breaks by the backs once again saw them work their way into the Fullerians 22.
Several phases of pick and go got the ball within a couple of metres.
Scrum-half, and Walden’s man of the match, Paul Marshall picked the ball off the base of the ruck to spot the smallest of gaps to dive over to get Walden back within one score at 24-17.
This set up a tense last 15 minutes as Walden looked to make a great comeback.
A couple of good runs from winger Adam Miles got Walden close but some last-ditch tackles by the home team denied them.
With only five minutes left they managed to stretch the lead to 27-17 via a penalty.
Walden tried to get back to within the losing bonus point but it was not to be.
Walden entertain Brentwood at Henham on Saturday.