Saffron Walden suffer third successive London One North defeat

PUBLISHED: 17:18 04 October 2016 | UPDATED: 17:18 04 October 2016

A Saffron Walden man gets flattened. Picture: Jamie Pluck

A Saffron Walden man gets flattened. Picture: Jamie Pluck

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It was another hard day at the office for Saffron Walden as they lost 41-23 to unbeaten Chingford at Henham on Saturday.

In what was to be a third straight defeat for the home side, Walden soon found themselves under pressure as they again started slowly and were soon three tries down after only 20 minutes.

They can consider themselves slightly unlucky on two of these.

The second try came about after Chingford appeared to win a scrum against the head when clearly the ball had come out of the tunnel and was kicked back in by the visiting scrum-half.

On the third try Chingford benefitted from a clear forward pass that was not picked up by the officials.

Despite this the visitors deserved to be ahead.

However Walden rallied and they did not let their heads drop, knowing they were slightly unlucky and they had the better of the second quarter of the match.

After turning down several penalty kicks they finally broke through when, after a couple of phases close to the line, the ball was passed quickly along the backs for right winger Adam Miles to go over in the corner.

A penalty three minutes later for offside saw fly-half Tom Price kick the three points to narrow the gap to 17-8.

Straight after the break Walden took another three points to further reduce the arrears to 17-11 getting within one score.

But almost immediately from the kick-off Chingford regained possession and scored a try under the posts and, with a further three points from a penalty soon after, they led 27-11.

Walden came straight back and substitute right winger Ben Nash went over in the corner after a great break out of defence and it was 27-16 with still half an hour to play.

But yet again Walden failed to clear their lines from the kick-off and Chingford scored another try.

Walden hit back once more with Miles, now playing at centre, making a decisive break and full-back Ivan Karsten, on the end of a good pass, wrong-footing the Chingford full-back and going under the posts for 34-23.

With eight minutes to go Chingford wrapped up the win with a further try.

Danny Hunter’s Walden will be looking to stop their three-match losing streak at Ruislip on Saturday.

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