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Your News Old Walcountians 35 - Croydon 14

Old Walcountians held off a stiff challenge from a highly competent Croydon XV to win their final home League match of the 2010-11 season,

Although the visitors struck first with a penalty in the second minute, Walcountians’ forwards had the better of the opening half hour and used territorial advantage to give Ross Norton, playing on the wing because of the absence of regular players in that position, the opportunity to kick four penalties and open up a lead.

As the first half came to an end, a vigorous Croydon pack began to win a greater share of the ball and the Counts found themselves under pressure. A Croydon penalty in time added on reduced the Counts’ lead, although a fifth penalty from the faultless boot of Ross Norton in the first minute after the break re-established a nine-point margin before Croydon’s fly-half reduced it to six points with a further penalty.

Walcountians got a valuable score 17 minutes into the second half when centre Dan Crompton and flankers Sam Naylor and Tim Simms made massive inroads into the Croydon 22 and full-back Ollie Beales picked up the ball from the resulting ruck to touch down for arty converted by Ross Norton.

Croydon took advantage of numerical advantage after Walcountians skipper Wally Fourie was sin-binned in the 22nd minute, and one of their second row forwards peeled off from a maul to touch down. But the shock of the score and the challenge of being a player down inspired Walcountians’ pack to up the pace and turn the screw on Croydon. Inspired by rugged performances from prop Russ Carson and second rows Simon Fowler and Russ Yeo, the Counts pack began to win increasing amounts of possession and drove Croydon back towards their own line with a series of rolling mauls.

As the game moved into stoppage time, Walcountians rounded off the day’s performance with two more penalties from Ross Norton and a try of stunning brilliance as Ollie Beales counter-attacked from his own 22 and side-stepped three Croydon defenders before finding Ross Norton in support to win the chase to the try-line.

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