Walden kick-start season with five-try blitz

PUBLISHED: 14:44 17 January 2011

Saffron Walden RFC vs Enfield.

Henham.

January 15, 2011.

Photograph by Michael Boyton.

Pic shows: Action from the match.

Saffron Walden RFC vs Enfield. Henham. January 15, 2011. Photograph by Michael Boyton. Pic shows: Action from the match.

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"WE ARE still in the hunt," is the cry from Walden's director of rugby John Read after a tightly contested victory at home to Enfield.

Saffron Walden RFC vs Enfield.

Henham.

January 15, 2011.

Photograph by Michael Boyton.

Pic shows: Action from the match.

Saffron Walden 27 Enfield 26

“WE ARE still in the hunt,” is the cry from Walden’s director of rugby John Read after a tightly contested victory at home to Enfield.

The hosts won thanks to two tries from fly-half Tom Hughes, who was a little off-colour with the boot, and one each for prop Steve Mugridge, winger Paul Marshall and centre Ben Lockyer.

Perhaps it should have been an easier win than the one point margin would suggest though as the home side stormed into a 15-0 lead with three early tries.

They were pegged back by a dogged Enfield side throughout as they set up to use their forwards to maximum affect, limiting an exciting and pacy Walden back line.

However the hosts were not to be denied as each time the visitors closed the gap Walden found the quality to keep them at bay to earn a result which boosts them to sixth in the league.

Walden have the largest collection of bonus points in the league this season thanks to their open approach which initially set up by Read when he took up his position three years ago.

“We play an open and running style of rugby, and that gets us points,” he said. “But equally that can sometimes be our downfall as we have lost a few games this season that we really shouldn’t have.”

“But with some restructuring in the league rumoured to come, we have to go and win as many games as we can in the final half of the season because there may be playoffs for promotion.

“We need to keep our standards high and concentrate on what we are doing. Last season teams fell away towards the end of the league program and we finished fourth.”

That fourth place finish carried forward a year-on-year improvement for Walden, who are progressively scaling up their ambitions for the future.

But right now Read said that the club members and players have their feet firmly on the ground as they look to finish even higher this term and go one better then last year’s semi-final in the national knock out cup.

Next: Walden travel to nearby rivals Braintree this Saturday. Kick off 2.15pm.

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