Beccles 7, Romford & GP 12

A much improved performance from Beccles saw them earn a bonus point against third placed Romford in a game which was played in difficult conditions that kept the scoring low.

In the pack Rob Wilson returned at number eight with Baksza moving to blindside. In the front row Pitts replaced Porter. Aussie import Rayner returned at full-back to replace Gedney, who moved to the bench.

The pitch was very heavy which made open rugby difficult. Beccles started the game well and put their opposition under pressure. They had a lot of territory but could but convert it into points. The half was nearing its conclusion with the score still at 0-0 when Romford upped their game and were able to cross for the first try of the game in first half injury time. The conversion was missed to give a half-time score of 5-0.

Romford continued their purple patch at the start of the first half and had Beccles under pressure. The hosts carried out some good defensive work, led by Musker McIntyre man of the match Maeer, but in the end the pressure told and Romford added a converted try to stretch their lead. Beccles upped their game and came back at the opposition. They camped in the opposition 22, with the forwards driving hard at the line. After one of these drives the ball was fed out to Murray who switched with Payne, who went over under the posts. Murray converted.

Having secured the bonus point and with a chance of victory Beccles pushed hard for another score. They thought they had created an opportunity with an overlap out wide from a quickly taken penalty but were called back by the referee's whistle.

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Beccles travel to Rochford Hundred on Saturday for the last of a triple header against top three teams. Confidence boosted, they will be looking to come away with some points.

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