Walden skipper suffers shoulder injury

PUBLISHED: 10:53 09 February 2011

Dave Philp suffered a serious shoulder injury

Dave Philp suffered a serious shoulder injury

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WALDEN’S topsy-turvy season continues. After beating Romford at home back in October they travelled with optimism on Saturday only to suffer a heavy defeat.

Romford 51 Saffron Walden 10

WALDEN’S topsy-turvy season continues. After beating Romford at home back in October they travelled with optimism on Saturday only to suffer a heavy defeat.

A bad day at the office, and getting to the office – traffic problems prevented players from making the warm up – was compounded when captain Dave Philp was forced off with a serious shoulder injury only 15 minutes in and his side down 5-3.

This handed a debut to fly half James Read who was thrown out on the wing as Walden re-shuffled without their skipper.

The visitors managed to keep a lid on a buoyant Romford side until the final 15 minutes of the fist half. And then the floodgates opened with four unanswered tries to leave Walden trailing 32-3 at the break.

The second half started the same way and three more tries were crashed over by the home side as they stormed to victory.

It looked as though a consolation try was not got going to happen for Walden despite them finishing strongly. But with the last play of the game several quick phases led to second row James Pearce sneaking through a gap and scampering over the line. Tom Hughes duly converted.

Club spokesman Graham Marshall said after the game: “The day did not start well with the warm up disrupted by late arrivals due to the heavy traffic and as the afternoon went on things only got worse.

“Dave Philp is likely to be out for a few weeks and the only thing Walden can take from the game is the way they performed in the last quarter.

“They did not let their heads drop and indeed were the better team for this period. They threw everything they had at the home team and tested them to the full with wave after wave of attack.”

Next: Walden have a break this weekend as the rest of the league catches up on the lost fixtures before Christmas. They host Chelmsford on Feb 19.


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