Holt turn in best performance of season to send Crusaders packing

PUBLISHED: 08:50 13 November 2017

Tom Browes in the thick of the action for North Walsham against Haberdashers. Picture: Hywel Jones

Tom Browes in the thick of the action for North Walsham against Haberdashers. Picture: Hywel Jones

Chasing Rainbows

Holt produced their best performance of the season to gain a 13 try bonus point win despite having to overcome spirited visitors who enjoyed more good possession than the scoreline would suggest.

The difference between the two sides was the clinical finishing by Holt of almost every opportunity that came their way.

The impressive offloading and support play at speed of the home side resulted in tries coming at regular intervals throughout the game.

Within 10 minutes Holt’s centre Aaron Tagg touched down and it wasn’t long before slick handling between Tom Jackson and Henry Flower put away Geoff Flather for a try converted by Tagg.

There then followed tries by Will Briscoe and Tom Jackson, the first of which was converted by Tagg.

The points continued to flow as second row Robbie Gray made one of his many breaks for Jim Seaman to touch down before Bruce van Poortvliet found a gap to feed Jackson for his second try and make the half-time score 34-0.

The second half started with a 40-metre solo effort by captain Ashley Woods which typified his commanding performance in the back row well, supported by the Seaman brothers Jim and Jeremy. Tries for Holt then followed from van Poortvliet (2), Jim Goodliffe, James Wyatt, Gray and Jackson, four of which were converted by Wyatt, who had come on for the injured Flather.

The game became looser in the second half and Crusaders took their opportunities with tries by Alex Widdrington and George King and a conversion by Widdrington giving them some deserved consolation and completing the scoring.

The Woodfordes man-of-the-match for Holt was inside centre Goodliffe.

Holt remain third in the table, only two points behind second placed Stowmarket - 48-10 winners over Newmarket - and three behind league leaders Southwold, who they visit for their next game on November 25.

Crusaders remain eighth in the league, with a home game against Woodbridge next.

Elsewhere in London EC3 West Norfolk were beaten 31-12 by Ely in a Friday evening fixture while bottom club Lowestoft & Yarmouth slipped to a 48-15 defeat at Wisbech.

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