Holt double keeps promotion bid alive

Holt 44, West Norfolk 0

Holt entertained West Norfolk in a return league match as their original junior vase match against Old Walcountians had been awarded to them. Holt were fresh from their win last week at their opponent's ground and would be looking to complete the double, which would be a first for many years. The weather was fine, with a slight breeze across the pitch and the ground itself was firm and dry. Holt played with the breeze from the start and soon put their opponents under, being rewarded with a try by Hill after four minutes and with Allen converting, the score stood at 7-0.

West Norfolk responded with a counter attack, which was cleared and the home side resumed their positive attacking play and were rewarded after 21 minutes when Graham Ilsley finished off a good move to score. Allen was on target with the conversion, moving the score to 14-0. Holt were hungry for further scores and Jarry-Ryan obliged two minutes later, finishing off another good move. Allen, again converted, taking the score to 21-0. Holt were still putting pressure on West Norfolk and after 30, prop Daniels added his name to the try scorers by scoring an unconverted one, making the score a healthy 26-0 with half-time approaching and a bonus point as well. At the break Holt had reason to be pleased with their performance by playing positive rugby.

The second half started with an early attack by Holt and Robson was quickly on to a kick ahead to score an unconverted try after three minutes, extending the lead to 31-0. The game was being dictated by Holt and after nine minutes Allen kicked a penalty to make the score 34-0. There was a lull in the scoring until the 23rd minute, when Wright scored a try, being converted by Allen, bringing the score to 41-0. Whilst West Norfolk were trying to get into the game, they were up against a determined side, who were not giving much away and another penalty was kicked by Allen after 31 minutes extending the lead to 44-0.

The game by now was beginning to become rather scrappy and towards the end a Holt player was sin binned for an offence, but as time had virtually run out, it made no difference to the final scoreline. This win puts Holt into second place in the league behind Stowmarket, who are the visitors to High Kelling next week for the final league game. This is an encounter that Holt must win to ensure second place over Cantabrigians, who now have a game in hand and also to make the play-off for promotion against Millwall; who are second in Essex One.