Saffron Walden score a perfect 10 in hefty victory at Romford & Gidea Park
PUBLISHED: 17:02 16 December 2015 | UPDATED: 17:03 16 December 2015
Saffron Walden RFC remain top of London 2NE on points difference from Diss after annihilating Romford & Gidea Park with a perfect 10 tries.
Mark Kimberley flew over for a hat-trick while No.8 Nik Baker notched a brace and Mitch Clare, Tom Price, Adam Miles, Ben Nash, and Matt Holden completed this mammoth 70-20 victory.
The game started with Romford having the advantage of the gale in the first half and after two minutes they took the lead for the only time in the game when Walden gave away a penalty for hands in the ruck.
Walden soon turned the tide and scored the first of three quick tries as Baker, supporting the backs, received the final pass and touched down.
Full back Price stepped up to kick the conversation and from then on he never missed a conversion, quite a feat considering the conditions.
Miles supplied Kimberley for his first of the afternoon before Clare broke the defensive line to go over in the corner again for a 21-3 lead.
But Romford had other ideas and using their strength they worked the ball forward using a combination of driving mauls and pick and goes around the base of the rucks. Helped by Walden giving away a couple of penalties, they managed to score three tries in the 15 minutes up to half-time narrowing the gap to a single point.
With the wind now in Walden’s favour in the second half, they started brightly and soon extended their lead as deep inside the Romford half the ball went loose and Price picked it up 20m out and jinked his way over.
Then three minutes later, flanker Holden turned the ball over following a Romford defensive scrum, the ball was quickly passed to Kimberley to go over for his second.
Miles benefitted from a great kick through from Tom Hughes as he raced up the blindside to score again and soon after Holden scored after a great drive towards the line by the pack.
Kimberley cantered over to complete his hat-trick and take the score over the 50 point mark with still 10 minutes on the clock.
With Walden 56-20 ahead, man-of-the-match Baker capped a fine performance with his second try before Nash scored after a break on the blind side by Hughes.
Walden host winless bottom club Basildon this Saturday looking to finish 2015 aloft the table.