Ward upbeat despite Saxons setback

Southend Saxons 10-32 North Walsham

SOUTHEND SAXONS unbeaten London One North sequences was brought to its conclusion, but Director of Rugby, Josh Ward spoke highly of his side’s efforts against table-topping North Walsham.

Billed as the biggest match of the season at Warners Bridge, a big crowd arrived, eagerly anticipating a mouthwatering encounter between the top two. And although the home side came up short, that was exactly what they got.

Saxons went into the game off the back of five straight victories. Matthew Wagstaff provided their best moment of the opening period, going over in the corner. However, it was North Walsham who headed in with a 13-5 advantage.

Saxons continued to make life difficult for the leaders after the interval. Connor Cooper sent the home crowd into raptures with a second try. But North Walsham’s quality shone through in the final stages as they scored three tries to confirm their victory and a valuable bonus point.

Speaking after the match, Ward was clearly disappointed with the result but enthusiastic about the Saxons toil over the eighty minutes

“We’re naturally gutted in the dressing room, but I’m immensely proud of the boy’s efforts,” he explained.

“We’ve come up against the best team in this league today and the last ten minutes demonstrated why they have that status. We made some costly errors and lacked execution at times which we paid for.

“The second half we played some excellent rugby, we had tempo and desire which caused them some problems.

“It’s a good measure for us, we’re on track and getting better. Three tries in the last ten minutes stab us on the scoreboard, but we’ll look forward to getting back to it Tuesday.”

ON FRIDAY EVENING the clubs Priors side won a well-contested derby match with Rochford 26-10 at Magnolia Road.


Brian Jeeves

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