Now it’s eight wins on the trot for Holt

Holt 36, South Woodham Ferrers 10: Holt maintained their excellent start to the season by making it eight wins in a row.

The home side began with confidence and put themselves in a good position to open the scoring, but the opportunity was wasted.

The visitors were showing themselves to be a lively side with fast running backs. However it was the home side who opened the scoring after seven minutes when Young kicked a penalty.

From the re-start Holt made a mess of possession and gave away a penalty, which was off target. But they were slow to clear their lines as the ball landed in goal and nearly handed the opposition a try.

Holt were gradually building their supremacy and were only stopped by good defence and with the visitors also probing at the home side's half, the game was going through an interesting phase.

However, after 28 minutes, Graham Ilsley made another of his telling breaks and Young was on hand to finish the move off. By converting his own try, he gave Holt a 10-0 advantage.

This inspired the home side go on to the attack again straight from the re-start and Jarry-Ryan, following up a kick ahead, gained possession to outstrip the defence to score, with Young converting.

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The visitors then mounted a good counter-attack to score a deserved unconverted try five minutes before half-time, reducing the deficit to 17-5.

The second half began with Holt again going on to the offensive and after two minutes, Young made another of his probing breaks to put Graham Ilsley in under the posts and with the conversion, the lead had gone up to 24-5. The visitors still kept on making their presence felt and Holt's defence was equal to the occasion in keeping their line intact. However the home side gradually got back into the driving seat and after 22 minutes Young again made a break which was finished off by Jarry-Ryan for his second try of the match, with the conversion again on target. This try was Holt's fourth, giving them a bonus point.

The visitors, to their credit, still made their contribution to the game and after a sustained attack on Holt's line were rewarded with an unconverted try.

Encouraged by their score they maintained pressure on Holt's defence, but were thwarted and eventually in the dying stages of the game, Justice showed his experience as a winger, by forcing his way through the defence to score an unconverted try.