Beccles 13, Enfield Ignatians 12

Beccles picked up a vital win when they edged past Enfield Ignatians by a single point at Beef Meadow to move out of the London 2NE relegation zone.

After leading early on Beccles went behind before a late Wade penalty sealed the victory.

Lake had a strong squad to choose from and with Rob Wilson unavailable Hinsley came in to the back row. In the backs Davey-Durak and Veasey-Lark returned on the wing.

Enfield started the game with a lot of possession but some excellent Beccles defence meant that they could not make any yards up the pitch.

When Beccles did get in the Enfield half they were the first to get on the score sheet. A good take by Paul Wilson at the line-out was driven on by the Beccles pack. Hinsley controlled the ball at the back and steered the maul over the line to touch down. Murray missed the conversion.


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Beccles continued their dominance and they soon scored again. After a number of drives at the Enfield line Musker McIntyre man of the match Sale was stopped just short. The ball was knocked back in the tackle and Pitts was on hand to grab the loose ball and go over for the try.

The pitch and the ball were getting more muddy and both sides found it difficult to play good rugby. Enfield did manage to put one good move together however and scored a try to make the half-time score 10-5.

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Enfield had a good period at the start of the second half and after a spell of pressure took the lead with a converted try from a rolling maul.

Beccles had to push hard to try and get back in the game. They found it difficult to get out of their half but gradually worked their way up the pitch.

After a number of attacks at the Enfield line Beccles eventually won a penalty and Wade, who had just come on from the bench, stepped up and calmly slotted the conversion to put Beccles back into the lead.

There were still five minutes for Beccles to hold out and Enfield put them under a lot of pressure but some good disciplined defence meant that there was no way through.

Beccles now have three sides below them in the table and will be looking to improve their position still further with another win when they entertain mid-table Ipswich on Saturday.

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