Saffron Walden suffer first loss of season as Ipswich strike late blows for success
PUBLISHED: 11:00 01 November 2018
Saffron Walden suffered their first loss of the London Two North East season after going down 41-33 at Ipswich.
Having won their first six matches of the campaign, they began with the slope and strong breeze against them.
And Ipswich took advantage to run in three unanswered tries in the opening half hour as Walden struggled to get out of their own half.
The first try came from a scrum as the Ipswich fly-half scythed through a large gap to go under the posts and two more converted scores made it 21-0 with 10 minutes of the first half remaining.
Walden finally got some reward before the break as second row Matt Holden went under the posts following some strong phase play.
And with the last play of the half, some quick hands sent right winger Adam Miles past a couple of defenders to touch down out wide and make it 21-12.
Walden look to make conditions count in their favour after the restart, but Ipswich intercepted a pass to run in a try after only five minutes to move 16 points up.
The visitors then enjoyed a purple patch as left winger Ben Stapleton went over twice in quick succession to make it 28-26.
And Walden took the lead with 20 minutes to play with Holden on the end of a well-worked move to claim his second try of the afternoon.
It looked like they had done enough for a seventh successive victory, but Ipswich showed a lot of heart and their fly-half kicked a drop goal to cut the gap to two points with 10 minutes left.
Walden were unable to close the game down after that and a couple of unforced errors were punished as Ipswich scored a good try to move 36-33 ahead.
Then, with Walden chasing the game, another error saw the ball come loose and Ipswich pounced to touch down once more to seal their triumph.
Defeat left them six points adrift of leaders Woodford in second place and they will hope to regroup and bounce back when they welcome sixth-placed Stowmarket to Henham this Saturday.
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