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Walsall Suffer Heavy Defeat at Hereford

Hereford 45 Walsall 0

Last Updated: Sep 26, 2013 10:14am
St. Matthew's, Walsall
By Arnie Evans
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Last Saturday Walsall suffered their heaviest defeat for over seventy games in Midlands One West as Hereford ran in seven tries at the Weyside.

But, surprisingly, this was far from a one-sided contest with the visitors enjoying most of the possession and territorial advantage. This was particularly so during a first half which saw the West Midlands team camped inside their opponents twenty-two for long periods. The hosts, to their credit, defended well and were far more effective in using their hard won possession. They crossed for their first try after just three minutes but then had to defend, heroically at times, for the next quarter. The Walsall forwards carried the ball well with the experienced players being well supported by the young front row players of Alex Jones and Simon Weaver. It was late in the half before Hereford got their next score after another Walsall attack ended with a dropped pass. The ensuing seventy meter kick and chase eventually saw Walsall’s debutant, Connor McGuirk, fall on the ball to halt the attack. But the hosts had numerical superiority and secured possession before a couple of passes resulted in Watters going over for the final score of the half.

It was Hereford that had the crucial early scores in the second half. They scored two tries in the opening quarter to establish a 26 – 0 lead.  They used their strong running, passing and support, style of play very effectively and were always ready to pounce on any wayward Walsall passes. They did score a try as a result of a prolonged drive from a lineout. But their final two scores both came as a result of  Walsall attacks breaking down only ten meters from the Hereford tryline! Length of the field attacks saw the ball being passed quickly and tries being scored by good running and support play.

Eventually, this proved to be a rather embarrassing defeat for the Walsall outfit. But, a team showing five enforced changes, had made a significant contribution to an entertaining contest in the September sunshine by the river Wye. Ironically, the last two occasions that Walsall had failed to score any points in a game was in September 2009 and then in last season’s visit to Hereford! No doubt the team and the coaches will now be working hard to get the team back on winning ways again. Kenilworth are the visitors to Delves Road this Saturday.

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