Campion coach Larner eyes revenge mission

Campion's Joseph Baldwin is tackled by Holt rival Graham Ilsley during their London Two North East e

Campion's Joseph Baldwin is tackled by Holt rival Graham Ilsley during their London Two North East encounter in Norfolk (pic: Stuart Young/Holt RFC) - Credit: Archant

Old boys keen to get the better of Enfield tomorrow.

Campion head coach Paul Larner was delighted that his side were able to come out on top in a ‘tough, physical battle’ at Holt to record their first-ever win at the Norfolk club.

The visitors had Rob Gash to thank for a late drop goal as they edged a close encounter 6-5 and remain in second spot in London Two North East behind leaders Chelmsford.

And Larner was pleased to see his side pick up the win in tough conditions, saying: “It was a terrible game, ruined by the gale force wind, but great to get over the line and we would not have won that game at the start of the season.

“Although a great battle and our first ever win at Holt, it was not a great spectator event. We played with real maturity at the end of a tough physical battle.”


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Campion started the game well and took a 3-0 lead when Rory Crisp slotted over a penalty.

However, the hosts profited from a mistake and went over for the only try of the game as they moved into a 5-3 lead.

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It remained that way until just two minutes from time as Gash slotted over a late drop-goal attempt, much to the relief of Larner.

“We struggled to pass the ball in the wind,” he added.

“Then we played some great rugby, moved the ball under the posts and, despite Rob Gash’s drop kick looking a little ugly, it did the job.”

Following their historic win Campion now move on to face an Enfield side tomorrow (Saturday) who are one of only two to inflict defeat on Larner’s side this season.

Campion will be boosted by the return of New Zealander Jake Hoggard and Larner added: “We now move on to Enfield who defeated us at the start of the year so will be another tough game.

“We have picked up a couple of injuries, but will hopefully have Jake Hoggard back from holiday to add weight to our front row.”

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