AMERICAN FOOTBALL: Walter stars as Saints sign off on a high

James Walter scored four touchdowns for Oxford Saints  Picture: Chris Janes

James Walter scored four touchdowns for Oxford Saints Picture: Chris Janes

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JAMES Walter scored four touchdowns as Oxford Saints ended the season with a 34-20 home win over Leicester Falcons.

The success saw them finish second in the table, with seven wins from ten games, a significant improvement on last season, which yielded only four victories.

Walter set the tone with the Saints’ second possession of the game, breaking through to run in a 59-yard touchdown.

Leroy Holmes stretched the lead, catching a pass from quarterback Harry Brookmyre to claim his first career touchdown for Saints.

The extra point kick was successful, but Falcons hit back with a score of their own before half-time to make it 13-6.

The third quarter was more even, until James Sharples picked out Walter for his second score of the game.

Again the hosts added the extra point, before Falcons hit back once more, ending the third quarter trailing 20-13.

It remained close in the fourth quarter, as the visitors responded yet again following Walter’s third touchdown.

But with time running out, Walter’s fourth score of the game finally made sure of the result.

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