Holt 62 Thurston 5: Leaders Holt get back to winning ways

Matt Travers gets North Walsham moving forward again during their big win over Ruislip Picture: HYWE

Matt Travers gets North Walsham moving forward again during their big win over Ruislip Picture: HYWEL JONES - Credit: Archant

Holt returned to winning ways and maintained their unbeaten home run with a solid team performance.

Having been surprisingly beaten at bottom side Ipswich YM last week, Holt ran in 10 tries to maintain their two-point advantage over closest rivals Wymondham, with a showdown between the two sides coming up at Bridge Road next month.

Holt captain Ashley Woods led the way with a strong performance and was well supported by the rest of the pack, with Robbie Gray prominent throughout.

As a result, Holt's speedy young backs were able to show off their handling skills and entertain the home crowd. Their defence was also good, with some eye-catching tackles from Alastair Hughes.

Holt's tries followed at regular intervals and, unlike last week when they let a big lead slip in the closing stages, they never took their foot off the pedal.

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The hosts have produced another flying winger from their youth production line in the shape of 17-year-old Louis Chapman who touched down for two tries within 10 minutes of the kick-off. Scrum-half Bruce van Poortvliet then produced one of his trademark solo efforts before tries followed for Aaron Tagg, Henry Flower and Ashley Woods. Three conversions by James Wyatt made the half-time score 36-0.

Thurston are a gutsy side and never gave up. They made several strong incursions into the Holt half but apart from a try from a driving maul early in the second half were not able to breach a well-organised defence.

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Holt finished off the game with tries by Kyle Routley, James Wyatt, Ollie Jaggard and a second for the consistently impressive Henry Flower. Three further conversions by Wyatt completed the scoring

The man of the match for Holt, sponsored by Norfolk Brewhouse Fred's Check, was Louis Chapman, who was selected by Chris Coubrough of Flying Kiwi Inns.

Ely remain hot on Holt's heels in third, three points adrift, following an emphatic 52-3 home win over Thetford. West Norfolk are fourth, a long way back from the top three, after winning 36-9 at Woodbridge.

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