London 1 North: Luton 13-40 N Walsham
By Ian Nancollas
Despite all their effort and sacrifices Luton couldn’t stop North Walsham leaving Newlands Road with a bonus point away win as the ‘Green and Reds’ went down 13-40.
First team manager Steve Evans highlighted some positives from the game.
He said: “We had a couple of new players, Jamie Trivino and Byron Odell, both re-joining the club which made a massive difference to the team today.
“The first half was fantastic, I felt like we were in it. Then we had a disastrous 10 minute spell in the second half where they scored three tries in very quick session which was really disappointing.
“We still have problems in the backs, in terms of injuries, which is likely to be an ongoing issue for the next couple of weeks.
“[My man of the match was] Martin O’Grady, he has really shone at inside centre. He put his heart and soul into the game, he was brilliant.”
Luton showed great energy from the start, but the visitors scored the game’s first try in the 12th minute.
15 minutes later, Don Govere showed plenty of strength and determination to touchdown in the corner to bring the home side back into the game at 5-7.
However Walsham added a second try shortly afterwards. Just the before the end of the first half, fly half David Hamm scored a penalty, leaving it 8-12 for the break.
The second half didn’t start well for the home side, the Viking’s fullback Duffield added another five points in the 41st minute.
And bad turned to worse as in a 6-minute period the visitors scored three tries, through Knight, Hodgson and Duffield again.
However, that didn’t break the home side, they re-grouped and their efforts paid off, hooker Ben Murphy secured the final score to make it, 13-40.
With the match gone attention turned to serious looking injuries to skipper Staff, Trevino and O’Grady.
As far as next week’s home game against Old Priorians is concerned, manager Evans stayed upbeat. He said: “[North Walsham] beat them 41-0 so it’s going be a more even match.
“I still don’t think we're in any position to assume a win but we have to dedicate ourselves as much to that game as we do to every other.”