Defeat is so hard to take
Wanstead 15, Low and Yar 14: L&Y had enough chances to easily win their last game of the season but ended up suffering a narrow defeat. Two excellent chances for tries went begging in the first 10 minutes and it was the home side that took the lead into the break.
Wanstead 15, Low and Yar 14
L&Y had enough chances to easily win their last game of the season but ended up suffering a narrow defeat.
Two excellent chances for tries went begging in the first 10 minutes and it was the home side that took the lead into the break.
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After 40 minutes of L&Y domination the match remained pointless and it was a rare break down the blindside, and poor first up defence, that allowed the home side through in the left hand corner. This was followed two minutes later by another try under the posts which was converted.
Following a stern half-time talk from Scott Nelson and skipper Marc Thomas, L&Y came out for the second half in a much more determined mood. Following sustained pressure Oakes took a quick tap and fed the ball out to Nelson who in turn drew the opposition and sent Myles McAlone on his way. He rounded the defence on the outside and scored in the corner. Nelson converted.
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L&Y then took the lead with another converted try as Nelson once again combined with McAlone. A superb chip over the advancing Wanstead defence was followed up by McAlone and he gathered the ball 70 yards out and scorched in under the posts for Nelson to convert.
L&Y kept the lead for some time and breaks from Josh Fewkes, playing out of position, and Brad Sutherland kept them going foward from the back. Jake Titterington was in a rampaging mood once again and his ball carrying metres also kept L&Y in the hunt for the third try.
It wasn't to be L&Y's day though as once again they managed to incur the displeasure of the match official, who gave penalty after penalty until Wanstead were close enough to slot one over and take the points.
Three of the L&Y forwards back five were 17 years of age and Oakes, Callum Cashman and Jan Scheidje all looked more than worthy of their places against much more experienced opposition.