Holt RFC face spell without coach Penny

Holt had a weekend off following their exciting 25-20 victory over Saffron Walden which saw them go back above their opponents into fourth place in London 2NE and only two points off second place.

Reflecting on the match, which saw the lead change hands several times before Holt grasped victory in the last few minutes, coach Ed Steed said: 'It was a great game for spectators, with the game going from end to end, with neither side able to get the upper hand.

'Saffron Walden more than played their part but I thought that when we ran at them we looked dangerous.

'Having lost the lead late on, I'm proud of the boys for coming back and gaining the win and bonus point. But it was disappointing, having got that early lead, that we didn't force the game more, as well as moving away from our game plan of running the ball and starting to kick it a bit aimlessly.'

Steed went on to praise the Holt supporters, adding: 'They more than played their part in the victory, keeping the boys going and didn't get on the players backs when things went wrong.

'Their encouragement definitely played apart in us getting back into the game and scoring the winning try.'

Holt's return to action on Saturday when they travel to Stevenage Town, who are currently bottom of the division.

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Unfortunately they will have to do without the services of forwards coach Penny Chapman in preparation for this and the next few games, as she has taken a temporary leave of absence due to ongoing health issues.

A club spokesman said: 'Penny is an integral part of the set-up at Holt and she and Ed Steed have played a huge part in the club's recent and unprecedented success. The club understands Penny's situation and are fully behind her and support her decision but look forward to her returning to her coaching role when she is able.'

With no game to prepare for last weekend, Holt took the opportunity to let the players off training and instead they had a team building visit to the Woodfordes Brewery at Woodbastwick. Woodfordes, who sponsor the Norfolk Cup competitions, provided a tour of the brewery, before the players were able to sample the beer.