All square in derby
Ipswich 13, Norwich 13Ipswich started Saturday's London Three North East battle looking the more aggressive of the two teams and used their size advantage to rumble the ball up the pitch.
Ipswich 13, Norwich 13
Ipswich started Saturday's London Three North East battle looking the more aggressive of the two teams and used their size advantage to rumble the ball up the pitch.
Norwich, although under pressure, withheld the surges and cleared the ball downfield.
Ipswich took the lead when their giant winger Suva crashed over near the posts and the conversion was scored. Norwich hit back with a period of pressure of their own before Ipswich gave away a penalty in front of the posts and Sanders converted it for three points.
Ipswich then moved back into the Norwich half and the visitors committed a similar offence to that of Ipswich just moments earlier. The penalty was scored to make the score 10-3.
It was now Norwich's turn to apply the pressure and debutant Glyn Thomas scythed through the Ipswich defence to score under the posts. The conversion was scored to make it all-square at the break.
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The second half was a war of attrition in the midfield, with neither team gaining much ground and too many basic errors being made by both teams.
Norwich, through some sharp handling, then darted up field, resulting in the Ipswich defence being caught offside and the penalty was scored by Hayton-Williams. Ipswich replied with a flurry of attacks in the closing minutes and were rewarded with a penalty that was duly scored to level the game. Norwich are beginning to regain their early season form and the team is starting to settle again.
Norwich's second team beat Bury II 26-11.