Walsham score five tries to maintain impressive run

Tom Browes breaks forward during North Walsham's first home meeting against Fullerians. Picture: HY

Tom Browes breaks forward during North Walsham's first home meeting against Fullerians. Picture: HYWEL JONES - Credit: Archant

North Walsham won an entertaining London One North encounter against a well-organised Fullerians side by five tries to two.

The Vikings were soon on the attack and moved the ball well before a good run from Harry Downing put Jono Lawson in for the first try, right between the posts, which Matt Hodgson converted.

Fullerians reduced the arrears from a penalty, but the hosts were not discouraged, with Tom Browes releasing the ball for Ed Sampson, who crossed between the posts. Hodgson converted to make it 14-3.

The Vikings tried to move the ball swiftly whenever possible, Michael Hendry in particular gaining ground on several occasions, and it was after one of his line-breaks on 22 minutes that Harry Downing was set free down the right-hand touchline. Tackled twice, he bounced up twice and managed to reach an arm over the line, too far wide for Hodgson to make the conversion.

Fullerians were still very much in the game, but the Vikings were first to score in the second half, with James Knight breaking the line and setting up his centre partner Hendry for another converted try between the posts.

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The departure of Browes through injury disrupted Walsham but the visitors fully deserved the unconverted try they scored from the back of a maul to reduce the arrears to 26-10.

Fullerians quickly scored again through the same source, although this time it went unconverted, and could easily have gone over again, but this time their rolling maul was just held up on the line.

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The Vikings were rocking when a midfield Hodgson kick was missed by the Fullerians' wing but caught by his opposite number Mike Braans who broke through and scored while being tackled, Hodgson making it four kicks from six and completing the scoring at 33-15.

Tom Coller was later yellow-carded but the excellent defence – especially Chalk Hill Brewery man of the match Acky Downing – held out to maintain Walsham's excellent form since the turn of the year.

The last action saw Lawson stripping the ball from Fullerians on his own goal line three minutes into added time, allowing Jake Duffield to kick the ball dead and the match was over.

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