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North Walsham try to keep hold of the ball.
Walsham try to keep hold of the ball

North Walsham 6-15 Nuneaton

by Simon Waugh
North Walsham have failed in their promotion bid to play in rugby's National League Division Two next season after being beaten at home by Nuneaton in the play-off decider.


North Walsham were defeated, deflated, despondent.

They were unlucky three weeks ago at Southend - but against Nuneaton they were inventive, disciplined and tough in the first-half.

However, these qualities slipped after the break. They were powerless and unable to hold on to the ball at the tackle on the few occasions they managed to secure possession and they conceded far too many penalties.

A successful North Walsham line-out.
A successful North Walsham line-out

It was Nuneaton fly-half Gareth Cull who did the damage after the break: five penalties converted to erase Andy Dickson's two penalties in the first-half. This stretched the Nuneaton advantage to nine points.

Walsham looked clueless with the ball in hand and ultimately they could have gone down by more than those nine points due to their performance.

Coach Jon Curry's side will now have to spend another season in National Division Three after coming so close to promotion.

There were no tries during the match, with all the points coming from penalty kicks.

Nuneaton's Gareth Cull has notched up 274 points this season - and crucially for North Walsham 15 of those were scored during the match.

After the defeat Jon Curry said he was "hugely" disappointed that his team lost out on promotion but remained boosted by their overall performance during the season.

"I'm hugely proud of what we've done this year and I'm hugely proud of the lads," he said.

"It's been a fantastic season: consistently performing and punching above our weight and consistently producing the goods.

"We've fallen off our pace two or three times and it's cost us towards the end of the season," he added.

Photo credits: John Nield

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