North Walsham 36, Enfield Ignatians 0

North Walsham on the attack during their comprehensive home victory over Enfield Ignatians in London 2NE on Saturday. North Walsham on the attack during their comprehensive home victory over Enfield Ignatians in London 2NE on Saturday.

Graham Price
Monday, September 17, 2012
3:02 PM

North Walsham romped to a bonus point victory over Enfield, whilst keeping their own line intact, with three tries in each half.

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Kicking off into the sun on a perfect pitch the Vikings were ahead within seven minutes, the forwards creating a try for Ben Campbell. Henry Dewing’s conversion attempt fell just short. Tom Coller and Chris Kent were prominent in the loose before Adie Ball stepped inside and put Dean Blyth in for a touch-down, converted by Dewing.

Walsham’s mix of youth and experience kept Ignatians’ very large front row and centres Clark and Bonnar in check, while running good lines through James Forrester and Will Hodgson. Freddy Henley-Hunter zipped over the line for an unconverted try before Enfield scrum half Jordan Wilson missed a second penalty kick, leaving the half-time score at 17-0.

Viking centre Harry Downing scored five minutes into the second period, converted by Dewing. Downing was then just short of another try following good carries by Hodgson and Leon Davies.

Jon Younie had only just replaced Henley-Hunter on the right wing when Ball popped up beside him and fed him a scoring pass, for Dewing to convert.

Walsham captain Andy Tibbats was tackled into touch just short of the line before Ignatians lock Wesley Warren made a break up field, following which outside half Adam Smith kicked to touch just short of the Walsham line.

This set up a nine-minute period of intense pressure, with Enfield tight head Edward Barber being held up just short. Further pressure resulted in Stuart Loose and then back row replacement Tom Williams being sent to the sin bin, but the home defence held firm.

Just before time, the Vikings managed to break out and Ball capped a fine game with an unconverted try.

North Walsham will meet stiffer opposition than this but can be very pleased with putting down a marker for their 50th anniversary season.

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