Saffron Walden 33, Lowestoft & Yarmouth 32

Monday, March 26, 2012
2:20 PM

Despite a host of changes L&Y almost came away with a deserved away win but in a frantic ending, it was the home side who edged home.

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On the hottest day so far this year, unavailabilities pushed L&Y into selecting their heftiest side of the season and the firm Waldon pitch was always going to favour the lighter and quicker home team.

However, although L&Y had no option but to keep the play tight, their forwards played superbly. Carl Stephenson and Aaron Trindall were both drafted into performed admirably considering their lay-offs.

Steve Adams deservedly scored his first try of the season to break the early deadlock. Russ Chapman converted but Waldon hit back with an unconverted try and a penalty.

L&Y then constructed another neat score with good work from Chris Howe, Marc Thomas and Richard Bristo giving Scott Nelson the space to dummy and trot under the posts.

Chapman converted and then Howe tapped a kickable penalty and found Thomas in support with Bristo and lock Russ Wilkinson was on hand to get the unconverted touchdown.

After the break Waldon scored a converted try and a penalty before Chapman replied with one for L&Y. Although L&Y were still four points ahead the momentum was turning to the home team, so it was a relief when Sutherland added another try.

Nelson then tried a grubber in midfield but it went straight to a Waldon player and two passes later they were through and over the line. Another try soon followed.

L&Y were behind by three with minutes to play, so they thought they has clinched it with a fine try from captain Marc Thomas. But they conceded two penalties in kickable range and Waldon bagged the second to regain the lead.

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