Southwold 17, Wymondham 38

Monday, October 8, 2012
3:22 PM

Wymondham secured a second straight Eastern Counties League win in a game that was a great advert for both sides.

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The opening score came early when a lineout on the halfway saw Josh Wright feed Harry Brown to burst through the Southwold defence and score a good try, converted by James Wyatt. Then a good kick by Brown saw Alex Brugger nail his opposite number and a penalty was awarded to Wymondham from the lineout, Wyatt duly converting.

Dane Canning took up some good defensive positions, allowing the back row to be quick to the breakdowns, and from turn-over ball the backs were released and Rob King burst through to score under the posts. Again Wyatt converted so after 20 minutes a 17-0 lead had been established.

Southwold came back strongly and Wymondham gave away a series of penalties, one of which was converted.

After a period of end to end play a lineout was won by Ed Hodgson on the Southwold 22 and away went the backs for King to repeat his try scoring feat with Wyatt converting to make it 24-3 at the break.

At the start of the second half Southwold worked hard to keep pressure on and when Wymondham were down to 14 their hooker forced his way over and his try was converted. Wymondham responded well and from one of Wyatt’s kicks Brugger was, as usual, quickly up to reclaim the ball and burst through to score under the posts. Wyatt again converted.

The game ebbed and flowed until a good break by Josh Mickleburgh and Nick Ferns allowed the pack to recycle the ball from which Hamish Wright smashed his way through for a great try converted by Wyatt.

This was countered by Southwold scoring a well worked try from a lineout take and this was converted from out wide by their No 10.

Thurston 17 West Norfolk 19

West Norfolk edged a victory at the league’s bottom side.

Tries from Sean Brundle, Jake Richardson and Adam Steele, plus a conversion from Paul Denton and a penalty from Joe Butt secured Wests’ narrow victory – their first on the road this term. Thurston missed two penalty attempts and a drop goal attempt in the last few minutes with West Norfolk boss Nigel Richardson admitting his side had “put in a poor performance but got an away win.”

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