Twelfth straight London 2NE win moves Saffron Walden a step closer to promotion

PUBLISHED: 10:18 18 February 2016 | UPDATED: 10:18 18 February 2016

Mitch Clare shrugs off a couple of tackles during Saffron Walden RFC's win over Old Cantabs

Mitch Clare shrugs off a couple of tackles during Saffron Walden RFC's win over Old Cantabs


Twelve wins on the trot and now nine points clear of second-placed Diss, promotion seems only a matter of time.

Cantabs came to Henham in fine fettle having beaten Walden’s main promotion rivals two weeks ago and started well but Adam Miles’ double as well as efforts from Matt Holden, skipper James Gosden and Tom Price sealed the 32-10 victory.

It was the visitors who started well and after just five minutes, they created a gap in the Walden defence to score wide out.

Walden were unusually nervous in the first quarter of the game but hit back on the 15-minute mark with a flowing move that saw breaks by Tom Hughes and Mark Kimberley set up winger Miles to go over in the corner to level the scores.

The Cantabs pack is certainly one of the strongest in the league and were causing problems at scrum time especially in the first half and soon forced Walden on to the back foot as they set up a couple of phases close to the try-line, finding an extra man on the blind side to go over in the corner to regain the lead at 10-5.

However, Walden soon responded again in the 22nd minute.

Another clever move saw centre Jon Goodin make good ground up the middle and a quick ball from the base of the ruck once again set up the backs to cause havoc with the Cantabs defence and Miles went over for his second.

Soon after the restart Walden’s pressure told when Cantabs were penalised for offside 30 metres out in front of the posts and full-back Price stepped up to take the three points to put Walden in front for the first time in the game at 13-10.

Walden were soon on the attack again and Holden barged through multiple tackles to stride over under the posts.

Some good play by Walden as backs and forwards combined to work the ball up into Cantabs 22 created another chance and when the defence fanned out, second row Gosden picked the ball up from the base of the ruck and sprinted in for the bonus-point try.

Cantabs rallied and had a couple of good breaks of their own but some last-ditch efforts by Walden’s defence denied them any further scores.

With virtually the last play of the game, full-back Price beat a Cantabs winger to the ball, finding space in front of him, he simply had to run back along the wing with no defence able to cover and went over in the corner to complete a good afternoon’s work.

Next up are third-placed Sudbury this Saturday.

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