Holt Rugby Club's first team faced a formidable Woodford in an away match on Saturday, losing 40-24 despite a good showing.

We anticipated this game would be a tough challenge, given both the weather conditions and Woodford's clinical approach.

Collectively we understood the magnitude at hand, however we all maintain an unwavering belief that success is not solely about the numerical result, but about triumphing in the small battles that collectively shape the match.

The complexity of these battles became apparent as the match unfolded, presenting us with perplexing challenges - one notable one being interpreting the referee's signals, decisions and understanding their vision for the unfolding game.

Despite the confusion, our resolve remained unshaken.

First-half tries were scored by Tom Jackson and Ali Hughes; Ali converting.

During halftime, we concentrated on the adjustments required to sustain our engagement and press forward positively.

Some matches contribute to building our league position, while others serve as opportunities for character development; this encounter unequivocally fell into the latter category.

Second-half tries were scored by James Gosden and Man of the Match Henry Perowne; Ali converting.

As ever, our travelling supporters made their presence felt, letting the players know they were with them every nail-biting minute, and just possibly this ‘16th man’ helped us to get over the line for the 4th try and a bonus losing point in the dying minute of the game, a significant feat in the context of an away game of such magnitude.

Holt is growing in stature and building confidence in this competitive league, playing at this level for the first time in our history.

We look ahead with eager anticipation to the next games scheduled for December, which present home fixtures against Saffron Walden and Southend Saxons, and an away match against a neighbouring adversary Norwich.

Match report by Phil Sharpe