Youth rugby: Walden U17’s flying start to 2014

PUBLISHED: 09:36 14 January 2014

Try scorer wing James Kelvin on the attack.

Try scorer wing James Kelvin on the attack.


Saffron Walden crossed the try-line six times to record a season double over a mixed U7/18’s Newmarket side.

Centre Ben Morris wrapped up in the tackle.Centre Ben Morris wrapped up in the tackle.

The hosts started positively and scored the opening try in the fifth minute.

It was not until the 21st minute that Walden scored their first points. Season leading try scorer Andrew Smith broke the defensive line after encouraging forward play allowed the ball to be fed out through the backs. Centre Ben Morris stepped up to add the extras.

Although improving, it was not until the final play of the half that Walden managed to add to their tally – this time the forwards camped inside the Newmarket 22, recycling the ball phase after phase. Passing though several pairs of hands, the ball found its way to a grateful wing James Kelvin who edged just inside touch on the right wing to score an impressive debut season try.

The second half was to be all Walden. Smith showed his pace and balance after just three minutes to touch down for his second score on the right having passed several would be tacklers at pace.

On 10 minutes, Morris crossed the whitewash after patient build-up play.

Club captain John Clark, returning from a prolonged lay-off following injury, and having come on as substitute, was then able to demonstrate his short range skills, with a pick-up and drive from the base of the ruck to score Walden’s fifth.

With a Newmarket defence now leaving gaping holes in the line, this left full-back Josh Flack to run in and touch down beneath the posts just two minutes before the end with the victory complete.

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