Final beckons for Walsham U17 rugby side
NORTH Walsham first team have a break from league action this Saturday but depending of the outcome of last night's Norfolk Cup game at West Norfolk the side might be back in action at Scottow as the winners of the game have been drawn at home against Wymondham kick off 3pm.
Brentwood 5, North Walsham 29
A solid if unspectacular performance by North Walsham was enough to see them through into nest week's London Division U17s Bowl final.
Short of numbers again, coaches Nigel Rossi and Mark Fletcher called up a couple of the club's under 16 squad, hooker Matt Rhodes and flanker Harry Carver and both slotted seamlessly into the side. Hosts Brentwood had the first chance to get onto the scoreboard but a seemingly straightforward penalty was pushed wide.
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Unable to hit a rhythm, Walsham were kept in their own half of the pitch for long periods defending well but unable to make a break out until nearly 20 minutes in when Toby Fletcher spotted a hole in the defence broke upfield releasing Max Moore who kicked ahead and won the race to the touchdown, Harry Barrett converting.
Five minutes later Brentwood had possession but under pressure their winger dropped the ball Fletcher hacked the ball goalwards twice before gathering to touchdown under the bar, Barrett again converting. Right on the stroke of half-time Fletcher squeezed in at the corner for his second and Walsham's third try.
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Brentwood rarely threatened the Walsham line almost certainly due to some sterling defensive work and the result was sealed when Nick Moore took a quick tapped penalty and ran diagonally to the left hand corner evading several attempted tackles to touch down.
Brentwood got just reward for their efforts when their outside half chipped the defence and followed up to score. With time running out and Brentwood with a man in the sinbin the forwards got their reward when they drove down the left and Carver made the final score.
The final which will be against Reeds Webridge RUFC is away at Farnborough next Sunday kick off 1pm.