Southwold 25 Woodford 26: Victory snatched away from Wold at the death
PUBLISHED: 13:39 23 September 2018 | UPDATED: 13:39 23 September 2018
Woodford snatched victory at the death just as Southwold had done at Norwich the previous week, in what had been a great game from start to finish.
It was a cruel ending for Wold who had battled back to take a six-point lead 10 minutes from time, but Woodford had the last word when their pack raided the Wold line well in to extra time knowing they needed a converted try to win. They cleverly worked the ball nearer and nearer to the Wold posts before scoring that priceless try right under the posts.
Indeed it was those two extra points that turned defeat in to victory for the visitors.
Wold found themselves five points down within the first 10 minutes when a Wold lineout was not straight and Woodford won the ball at the scrum and piled on the pressure to score wide on the left.
Luke Wade brought the score back to 3-5 with an easy penalty in front of the posts but a fine try extended Woodford’s lead. Another Wade penalty kept Wold within sight but Woodford went into half-time with a 19-6 lead thanks to another try.
Two penalties early in the second half brought Wold back within sight and then Zak Loader went over for a try although the conversion was missed.
Another Wade penalty put Wold in front and it looked like the hosts were on the cusp of a famous victory when Josh Wallis scored. Wade’s conversion brushed the upright and their six-point lead meant Woodford were still in touch.
Ollie Carlstroem made a great break down the right touchline from inside his own half, which would have made the game safe for Wold but he was stopped two metres short and somehow Woodford gained the turnover to clear with a desperate touch kick.
It was a thrilling and tremendous last 10 minutes until that final Woodford score, but despite the loss, Wold had dominated in the second half and actually had deserved more than the losing bonus point they had gained. The travelling Woodford players and supporters alike knew that lady luck had certainly shone on them on the day.