Chelmsford 5, North Walsham 20

Although it wasn't as easy as last week, North Walsham won their first away game of the season by two tries to one.

Chelmsford No 8 Joshua Clarke was a handful in the lineout and peeling off the back of the scrum, as were direct runs from full back by Daniel Trayler.

However Dom Roberts and Chris Godwin were going well in the rolling mauls, with Tim Mason, Tom Williams and Chris Kent featuring in the back line for the Vikings.

Henry Dewing was successful with two penalties in the middle of the first half before Chelmsford outside half Paul Smedley fell short with a kick of his own.

Mark McCall performed the first player interchange with Mason on 37 minutes, allowed under new rolling substitution laws this season at level five and below.


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A minute later Harry Downing went over to the left of the posts, the goal converted by Dewing, leaving the visitors 13-0 ahead at the interval.

Opposing centre Paul Welch was injured defending the line and went to hospital with right ankle damage.

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Chelmsford seized the initiative early in the second half, despite several injury-induced substitutions, as Walsham were trying to push the game and widen their attack.

After another Smedley penalty fell just short, Chelmsford broke through the centre with Trayler evading some poor tackles to release left wing Sebastian Hill for an unconverted try out wide.

Seth Roger came on at open side before Dewing, once more in the line, cut inside to score under the posts. He converted his own try, cementing a 100pc kicking record for the afternoon.

Just before time, following another rolling maul, what appeared to be a pass straight in line to Freddie Henley-Hunter before he touched down, was adjudged forward.

Coach Nick Greenhall felt the Vikings moved the ball well and scored two good tries against much tougher opposition than last week, despite not being as accurate in defence and pick and catch as previously, and was 'happy with an away win'.

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