Double delight for Holt rugby players

Harwich & Dovercourt 0, Holt 15

RUGBY: Holt made the long journey into Essex to play a return league fixture against Harwich & Dovercourt.

Having won the first encounter at home 15-8, they were looking to complete another double in their league campaign.

The weather was cloudy with a strong cross wind, but the pitch was quite firm, lending itself to a running game, which is Holt's strength at the moment.

They were rewarded with a penalty after two minutes for Allen to put them in the lead 3-0, which led to a bout of concerted pressure by the home side, whose large forwards drove them close to Holt's goal line.


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The defence, however held firm and eventually the stranglehold was broken and Holt began to exert their authority on the game, although they were up against some determined opponents.

The wind also did not help their passing, which led to a number of loose balls and the home side were always quick to gain possession, but not to camp on the Holt, as they done earlier in the game.

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As the half wore on, Holt got close to the Harwich line, but were unable to finish of the moves, by giving away penalties or losing possession. There was no more scoring in the half and Holt turned round with a slender lead, which needed to be built upon in the second half.

The second half progressed with the visitors dictating play and it became only a question of time before the lead would be extended. Eventually the pressure paid off, with Graham Ilsley scored from a push over scrum and with Allen adding the points, the lead stood at 10-0 after 15 minutes of play.

Although the hosts were endeavouring to make inroads into Holt's half, they were met with some stout defence. They were then put further behind after twenty eight minutes, when Graham Ilsley broke from the base of a scrum and making ground, put Young in for his first try in Holt's colours. The conversion was not made, but the lead stood at 15-0 and with time running out, the visitors looked as though they were going to take the spoils.

Despite the deficit, Harwich threw everything at the Holt line for the last minutes of the game in order to achieve a consolation score and despite the visitors being reduced to 14 men for the last minute, held firm.

With the final whistle going, Holt could feel well pleased with the result, having achieved another double under their belt.

Next Saturday they are on the road again, this time to Cambridge to play Cantabrigian, normally this is a lucky ground and to win there would be a tremendous fillip, as their opponents are having a vastly improved season. They have the same record as Holt of having won 10 matches, but are one place above in third, with more bonus points.

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