Holt 5, Campion 0

For the second time this season strugglers Campion ran Holt close, following their 10-7 defeat in Romford by losing by a single try at High. Holt's opponents are bottom but one in London League Division 3NE, but it proved anything but an easy ride.

Though the weather was wet and windy, the pitch itself was firm but slippery. Holt played into the wind from the start and showed early dominance before their opponents could settle. They had an early chance with a penalty, but made amends after nine minutes, when Woods scored what proved to be the only points – an unconverted try from a push over scrum.

The early play looked as though the lead would soon be extended. But Campion had other ideas and for the majority of the half encamped themselves in Holt's half, testing the home defence to the full.

The visitors had a player sin binned after 30 minutes, but Holt were unable to take advantage before themselves losing a player to the sin bin four minutes before half-time.

The second began with the home side still down to 14 players and on defence. Still Campion kept coming at them and appeared to have scored, when their fly-half made a good grubber kick through to the goal line, only to knock-on in the act of picking the ball up.

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Holt had another player sin-binned but Campion were unable to exert any more pressure as the home defence held firm with the visitors not helping themselves by dropping the ball or knocking-on.

Towards the end Holt broke out of the stranglehold and appeared to have scored from a quickly taken line out, but this was disallowed for a technicality. Had it been allowed, the scoreline would have been flattering to the hosts.

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At the final whistle, Holt's players and supporters breathed a sigh of relief at the recording of the narrowest of victories over a side who belied their lowly position.

Holt's win kept them top of the table by 13 points over Harlow, who they face on Saturday.

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