Beccles 10, Ipswich 11
A late penalty cost Beccles a win against Ipswich at Beef Meadow. In very wet and muddy conditions both sides struggled to play much rugby and the only consolation on the day for Beccles was that the bonus point they secured was the only one picked up by the teams in the bottom four of Division 2NE.
Beccles were missing Hinsley and Murray from the previous week while it was Hungarian Atilla Baksza's last game for the club before he returns home. He put in a number of good tackles and carries and was the Musker McIntyre man of the match. His presence in the back row will certainly be a hard one to replace.
Ipswich missed an early penalty before Beccles opened the scoring. A scrum on the halfway line saw Rob Wilson break from No 8 and the ball went out wide to Veasey-Lark, who linked well with Rayner to put Sale in the clear. He sprinted in and touched down, with Wade adding the conversion.
The pitch was cutting up badly and although Beccles managed to win two more penalties in the first half Wade found it difficult to get any accuracy kicking out of the mud and the score remained 7-0 at half-time.
After the break Ipswich started to use their forwards more and put in some good driving mauls.
Beccles kept them out for a long time but eventually the visitors pushed their way over for an unconverted try. They then added a penalty to take the lead. Beccles battled back in to the game and put the Ipswich line under pressure, only to be held up short on a number of occasions.
Eventually they won a penalty which Wade converted to put Beccles back into the lead at 11-8. It was now Ipswich's turn to put Beccles under pressure. They played their way in to the Beccles half and eventually forced an infringement in front of the posts, with the ensuing penalty putting them one point ahead. There were only a few minutes left and Beccles could not keep possession to get back in the game.