Southwold 34 Saffron Walden 13: Middleditch double rounds off great Wold win
PUBLISHED: 08:03 15 February 2019
Saffron Walden may have been 14 points above Southwold before the start of this game but that counted for nothing when the whistle blew.
Wold were at it from the start and less than three minutes in they broke from their own 22 up the right wing and Ollie Carlstroem sprinted in for a try in the right hand corner.
When Luke Wade’s conversion attempt was blown way off course it was clear that the wind was going to make kicking a real challenge.
the hosts continued to dominate before Walden bounced a penalty kick off the crossbar for three points. Just before half-time Josh Wallis went over for a fine score in the corner for a second try and the score was 10-3 to Wold at the break despite having battled into the wind.
Early in the second half James Hall took a penalty before anyone could blink and ran in for Wold’s third, this time converted by Wase.
On 55 minutes Cemil Duruk crashed over for the fourth and bonus point try as Walden struggled to get out of their half.
When Gavin Starks was yellow card for handling in a ruck almost immediately after coming on Walden scored a good forwards’ driving try in the left hand corner to bring the score back to 22-8.
Ten minutes before time Walden tried to run the ball in their own 22 and great defence forced them back to ground the ball over their own line. From the resulting scrum Dean Basson fed Chippy Middleditch who dummied and jinked over.
Walden bravely scored again with a forwards’ drive but Wold went straight back down the other end with a great break down the left wing and man of the match Middleditch went over for his second of the day to make the score at the close 34-13.
There were impressive debuts for Dean Basson and Jonah Cunningham and a terrific defensive performance from Matt Warren.
Southwold visit Wanstead tomorrow in a match that pitches sixth against seventh in London 2NE.
Lowestoft & Yarmouth recorded only their second win of the season when they won 22-12 at Ely II in their first Eastern Counties Salver match. Only four teams have entered the competiton following the completion of the regional leagues and L&Y don’t play again until March 9 when they entertain Harwich and Dovercourt.