Watton RFC inspired to win against Holt while wearing pink in support of Deryn Blackwell
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This weekend saw the third-placed Red, Black and Pink Army host second placed Holt 2nds.
Pink armbands and socks were worn in support of the DoEveRYthiNg Foundation and the Blackwell family, from Watton, whose 14-year-old son Deryn is battling a rare form of cancer and leukaemia, and whose dad Simon is a former Watton player.
Emotions were high and Watton were determined to make the day special and get a result which would see them leapfrog Holt in the table.
Straight from kick-off captain Alex Amys charged up the field over several Holt defenders but gave away a penalty just short of the line and allowed Holt to clear. This woke Holt up and for the next 15 minutes they had all the play.
Mark Goodwin sacrificed himself with a professional foul when a certain try would have been scored and was duly sent to the bin. This seemed to galvanise the Red, Black and Pinks, who defended their line like men possessed, Holt coming away with only a single penalty and drop goal for all their efforts, for a 6-0 lead.
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Tries from Michael Stickland, Nyall Duffield and Joe Norman took Watton to the break in a commanding position though, leading 21-6.
Watton started the second half brightly, with DoEveRYthiNg Foundation man of the match Nyall Duffield rampaging all over the park.
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Several bone-crunching tackles from Amys, Lee Hillier and Norman seemed to knock the stuffing out of Holt.
Firstly Bobby Graham-Park went over from a scrum, the unsighted official missed a knock-on but Graham-Park was the only one not to stop and was rewarded for his efforts.
There were some sublime touches from fly-half Ben Blewitt, setting people free from all over the pitch, with Hillier one recipient who cut inside from halfway out to score.
Stickland got a second try after a powerful run, where Blewitt missed his only conversion of the day, to take the Watton lead to 40-6.
Then in the final minutes came the try of the day. Watton put the ball deep into Holt's half. Their clearance went as far as Amys who fielded the ball and went on a strong run.
He was caught and half-tackled but still managed to feed to the supporting Blewitt. Just before being bundled into touch Blewitt managed to offload behind his back to the charging Amys who went over in the corner to a massive roar from the crowd. Blewitt nailed the kick from the touchline to end the game 47-6.