Beccles 11, Old Streetonians 6
Beccles gave their hopes of avoiding relegation from London 2NE a big boost when they beat a good Old Streetonians team to record only their second win of the season.
With a starting line-up which saw six changes – Hinsley, Payne, Warnes, Wade, Wilson and Williamson all coming in – Beccles moved off the bottom of the table and now have a trip to Harlow, the one side below them, to look forward to on Saturday.
Beccles started well and at a pace that the opposition found difficult to contend with. The forwards were providing a good platform up front and generating a decent supply of ball for the backs to spread wide.
The ball was moved wide on a regular basis, with Willamson, Rayner, Davey-Durak and Vasey-Lark all making good yards. Time and again Old Streetonians' defence was stretched but just managed to snuff out the Beccles attack.
The Beccles pack was having a great day, with Ling, Lake and Warnes putting in outstanding performances, keeping Beccles' play moving forward and creating the platform for the dynamic back row to cut loose.
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Old Streetonians gave away a penalty which Wade slotted over and then, from another penalty, Beccles took a line-out close to the opposition line. A good take from Hinsley set up a solid driving maul and Ling wrestled his way over the line for the first and only try of the game.
As the first half was coming to a close Beccles took a good line-out near the halfway line and thundered towards the opposition line. Musker McIntyre man of the match Baksza led the charge, taking the ball within inches of the opposition line.
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With what looked like a certain try on the cards the ball was turned over, allowing Old Streetonians to clear their lines. But as the seconds ticked down Wade slotted another long range penalty to give the home side an 11-point lead.
Beccles expected to continue this dominance in the second half but the visitors showed just why they demolished Sudbury by over 50 points the week before.
Despite the pressure Beccles continued to create good try scoring opportunities but the inability to convert these chances gave Old Streetonians a glimmer of hope.
With frustrations mounting a number of infringements close to the Beccles line allowed the guests two penalties which they converted to bring themselves within five points.
With the game entering the final quarter Beccles brought on Holmes, Pitts and Murray to freshen things up and despite wave after wave of attack, Old Streetonians where unable to cross the Beccles line.