Wymondham 18, Woodbridge 12

Monday, November 26, 2012
5:35 PM

Eastern Counties Division One leaders Wymondham emerged victorious after a hard fought and well matched contest which was thoroughly enjoyable to watch as both teams vied for control on a sodden pitch.

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Wymondham drew first blood with a driving try in the corner from Tom Masters which was unconverted but the visitors quickly equalised with a try in the corner.

Wymondham hit back with a good try from a drive by the forwards with Henry Petch touching down. Wyatt was unlucky with the kick coming back from an upright and at half-time Wymondham led 10-5.

Early in the second half Wymondham nearly got through with Dave Martin, but then pressure switched to the other end where the hosts had to defend heroically against the Woodbridge pack. Chris Brown, Josh Wright, Henry Petch, and Andy Mackay were called on everywhere, and when it came to scrums under pressure Jim Kelly, Tom Masters, Dane Canning, Alan Turner and the second row of Dave Blake and Matt Ambrose answered their team’s call.

Woodbridge were very astute around the side of the loose and kept probing away and eventually scored a try, which was to be the only one converted all day, and led for the first time at 10-12.

With 10 minutes to go Wymondham started to camp out in the Woodbridge 22 and exert extreme pressure and this was rewarded with a penalty which was converted by Wyatt to inch them back in front. From the restart pressure was reapplied and after a series of forward drives Josh Wright, in his first game back after injury, went over in the corner for an unconverted try with two minutes left. This was the final score and an absorbing game ended 18-12 to Wymondham.

This kept the unbeaten run going but Woodbridge are a good side and will be there or there abouts at the season end.

Both sides played with passion and strength throughout and in the conditions gave the spectators a match with no malice but extreme skill and effort.

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