Picture gallery: Rugby: Walden youngsters fall at the final hurdle in Cambridgeshire Cup Final

07:04 06 March 2014

Try scorer Josh Curtis breaks away from the ruck.

Try scorer Josh Curtis breaks away from the ruck.

Archant

They down by one score at the end of a game in which they were leading but provided Cambridge with a stern test throughout an entertaining, fairly played and hard fought match.

The sides were equally balanced. With the strong wind behind them in the first half, Cambridge would have expected to dominate possession, yet under pressure from Walden’s more hungry forwards saw themselves pushed back at the ruck. Penalties for illegal handling followed and the increasingly confident Walden players were unlucky not to take the lead when the strong wind kept out two attempts at goal.

In the scrums, front row trio of Harvey Woodbridge, Mikey Sharp and Ollie Ellis provided the stability for Walden’s half back pair of Dan Rust and Jesper Walker to control the game. Centres Ben Morris and James Walters as well as full-back Matt Granger were able to contribute fully. Second row Jed Butler showed speed and strength in the loose.

With no score at half time, coaches Paul Finch and Ian Walters implored their charges to make more of the strong wind in the second half. After just five minutes, they showed they had listened.

Having pressed forward into the Cambridge 22 metre area, a clearance attempt caught in the wind and drifted back towards the home side’s line. Walden surged ahead in search of the bouncing ball and flanker Josh Curtis was on hand to dive over to claim the try. Rust converted.

The large crowd expected Walden to consolidate and close out the game. However, for the next 15 minutes it was Cambridge who began to string several phases of play together and advance upfield. Desperate tackles were required on more than one occasion but, perhaps inevitably, the home side manufactured a try to the right of the posts courtesy of their dangerous outside centre.

The successful conversion brought the scores level and with Cambridge in the ascendancy, the final 15 minutes were always going to be tough for Walden who were tiring.

Cambridge broke through the green defence five minutes later for the deciding score after a fine chip and chase on the left wing.

In spite of some promising possession in the final minutes, Walden could not put the points on the board needed to lift the cup.

0 comments

More news stories

Yesterday, 18:45
Princess Anne paid a visit to Manuden today (Tuesday).

Royal well-wishers were today blown away by the visit of Her Royal Highness Princess Anne, who arrived by helicopter to open Manuden’s new affordable housing development.

Yesterday, 17:44
From left to right Stephen Hehir, MP Sir Alan Haselhurst and Councillor Ray Gooding.

A Stansted school is “on the up”, according to the district’s MP, who paid a visit to Forest Hall last Friday.

Yesterday, 11:07

There will be free entry for people who served in the Second World War, overseas or on the home front, to the first Duxford air show of the year, marking the anniversary of VE Day.

Mon, 13:34

A motorcyclist who weaved in and out of traffic at speeds up to 148mph – believed to be the highest ever speed recorded in the UK by a rider carrying a pillion passenger – has today been banned from driving for 15 months.

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Dunmow Broadcast e-edition today E-edition

Most read stories