Rugby: Saffron Walden in play-offs after defeat at Chelmsford

09:59 17 April 2014

Nik Baker scored two of Waldens tries at Chelmsford, on Saturday.

Nik Baker scored two of Waldens tries at Chelmsford, on Saturday.

Archant

Saffron Walden face a trip to London for the play-offs after finishing second in the London 2NE table.

They slipped to a narrow 38-31 defeat at Chelmsford on Saturday, meaning Ipswich end the season as champions with a game to spare.

The trip to fourth-place Chelmsford was always going to be tough.

Will Brown kicked two penalties to open up a six-point gap but a slick move by the hosts created an overlap for the winger to run in under the posts.

Walden then scored from a driving maul after a five-metre line out and No.8 Nik Baker dotted down.

But Chelmsford hit back and a good counter attack saw a three-on-two ­situation on the blind side to score in the corner.

Walden then had a good period of play and scored two tries – the first a break down the centre and a quick pass to Adam Miles, who went over under the posts, and the second another ­driving maul from a lineout saw Baker score his second before half-time.

Chelmsford had the elements in their favour after the break and with home advantage started off strongly, pressurising Walden into a mistake.

An off-load was intercepted and they ran in a try from halfway to narrow the gap.

Walden hit back with a well-taken penalty but for the next 20 minutes Chelmsford dominated and scored three tries to push ahead by 38-26.

Walden then woke up and for the last 15 minutes played much better, controlled rugby. They scored a fine try finished off by Jon Goodin to narrow the gap to one score with still five minutes remaining.

But, despite pushing the home team all the way, Chelmsford held on.

Walden will be heading down to West London for a play-off game against the runners-up in London 2NW – either Twickenham or Old Priorians – to be played on May 3.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Dunmow Broadcast visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Dunmow Broadcast staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Dunmow Broadcast account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

10:46
Chas Hodges of 'Chas and Dave' fame.

Chas Hodges, one half of the much-loved singing duo Chas and Dave, is to perform at an event organised by at Uttlesford charity.

Yesterday, 10:14
Snowdrops

Tomorrow (Sunday) will be the last chance to see the annual ‘Snowdrops’ event at the Gardens of Easton Lodge.

Fri, 13:21
Giraffe, the popular family friendly high street brand, has landed at Stansted Airport for the first time today.

Giraffe, the popular family friendly high street brand, has landed at Stansted Airport for the first time today following the opening of its new restaurant in the international departure lounge - one of many new and exciting tastes joining the menu at Stansted as part of the £80million transformation to improve services and facilities for passengers.

Fri, 12:41
Firefighters were called to the blaze on the High Street, Saffron Walden.

A woman was taken to hospital after she was cut loose from an overturned vehicle this morning (Friday).

Digital Edition

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

Most read stories

Most commented stories