Walden win third straight game

PUBLISHED: 11:54 17 February 2015 | UPDATED: 11:54 17 February 2015

Adam Miles in action against Holt earlier in the season. Picture: Jamie Pluck

Adam Miles in action against Holt earlier in the season. Picture: Jamie Pluck

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Saffron Walden kept a potential promotion push alive with their third straight win on Saturday, a 17-15 triumph at Old Cooperians.

Walden have 53 points, the same as fourth placed Rochford Hundred and nine points behind joint leaders Chelmsford and Diss, with seven games of the London Two North East season to play.

If they are to continue to pressure the top teams, they will have to continue their current winning streak, which stands at three after Saturday’s last-gasp victory. After overnight rain, it was clear Walden would not be able to rely on their running rugby due to the state of the pitch. However, the forwards took the pressure off with a strong surge in the scrum. And it led to the first points as OCs presented Tom Price with a penalty and he obliged.

A lapse in concentration allowed OCs to score a converted try but Walden were soon back in the lead after Price’s second successful penalty just before the break.

The lead was stretched to six points after the interval when Andrew Lancaster was at the back of a rolling maul and went over.

Walden had one or two further attacks but it was not until the hour mark. Price ran towards the defence and the home scrum half tip-tackled him, giving the referee no option but to brandish a red card. After a few minutes recovery, Price dusted himself off and kicked the three points to put Walden 14-5 ahead.

Surprisingly, it wasn’t Walden who took advantage of the red card. After a yellow card reduced the visitors to 14, OCs scored 10 unanswered points to lead the game with eight minutes to go.

Back to full strength, Walden dug deep and worked the ball into the home team’s half. Then, with only four minutes left in the game, Walden forced a penalty when OC’s were deemed not to have rolled away after a tackle and Price slotted the kick through the posts to give Walden a 17-15 lead, and the win.

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