Saffron Walden slip to a late loss as Stowmarket strike, but Saxons get some revenge
PUBLISHED: 15:00 06 November 2018
Saffron Walden slipped to a late defeat against Stowmarket in their latest London Two North East outing on Saturday.
A minutes applause was held before kick-off in memory of club president Peter Reader, one of the founder members who passed away recently.
But Walden fell behind after only there minutes, in bright sunshine, as the visitors put their left winger into space to touch down in the corner.
The hosts eventually gained parity in the set-pieces and got back on terms thanks to flanker Matt Howe, who went over following a prolonged spell of possession.
And Walden took the lead five minutes before half time when Stowmarket were caught offside 25 metres from their own line and a successful penalty made it 8-5.
However, despite having the better of the opening minutes of the second half, they fell behind again as Stowmarket went under the posts for a converted try.
Strong defence and a series of penalties kept Walden at bay as they enjoyed a period of dominance, but they got close to the line with 10 minutes left.
Substitute scrum-half Paul Marshall then took the direct approach and dived over from the base of a ruck for a try which was converted to put Walden 15-12 ahead.
Unfortunately they could not hold on to that slender lead, though, as Stowmarket broke through their centres to score a third try, which was converted, with only two minutes remaining to claim a 19-15 victory.
A losing bonus point was little consolation for Walden, who visit Letchworth in the second round of the Intermediate Cup this weekend.
There was better news for the Saxons, who claimed a fine 31-22 win over Cottenham Renegades.
Well beaten in their previous clash, Walden cancelled out an early penalty with a converted try from captain Joe Turner, only to fall 16-7 behind.
Adam Smith went over in reply, with Ed Smith converting, to cut the gap to two, but Cottenham added two penalties after the restart to go 22-14 up.
Full-back Nick Brown ran in from 35 metres for a third Saxons try and, after losing James Gosden to the sin bin, Ollie Webber finished off a nice move.
Webber went under the posts for a converted try to complete a memorable win, as Adam Clarke took the man of the match award.