Early score puts Holt on road to victory

Eastern Counties LeagueHolt 27 Ely 6Holt opened their Eastern Counties One programme with a fine victory over newly promoted Ely.The game started well for Holt, as from the kick-off they put Ely under pressure and from a mishandle, Burn was quickly on to the loose ball and ran in from the 22 to score a well taken try under the posts.

Holt 27 Ely 6

Holt opened their Eastern Counties One programme with a fine victory over newly promoted Ely.

The game started well for Holt, as from the kick-off they put Ely under pressure and from a mishandle, Burn was quickly on to the loose ball and ran in from the 22 to score a well taken try under the posts. Allen was on target with the conversion and Holt were 7-0 up.

Ely had soon reduced the arrears through a penalty but Holt went back on the offensive and were rewarded when, after 26 minutes, Calverley scored in the corner following some good play.

Ely then scored another penalty to make it 12-6 at the break.

The second half started with Holt again on the attack and they were duly rewarded after 12 minutes play when Amiss added his name to the try scorers, scoring from a maul following Holt pressure. The conversion was missed, but the lead was now 17-6.

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Following more concerted pressure on the Ely line, Lacey finished off a maul by touching down for a well received try. In the dying minutes Holt broke out of defence and swept down the field for Child to finish off the move with a try to make the final score 27-6 .

West Norfolk 35, Woodbridge 3

West Norfolk opened their league campaign with a convincing win, although it took some time before they put their opponents away.

At half-time West led 16-3 through tries by Marchant, Biggs, and two penalties by Kitson who made a more than adequate deputy at fly-half for Maule, who pulled up during the warm-up.

In the second half Slingsby scored two classic open side wing forward tries, Rust scored wide out, and Kitson converted two of the tries.

These bald statistics fail to reveal that the West pack dominated their opponents in all departments, especially the loose where their driving rucking and mauling was a feature. They took much of the lineout ball, where Cook and Brundle reigned supreme, and Slingsby was outstanding in the back row, winning the Adrian Flux man of the match award. Behind the scrum Nielson-Vold had a good debut at scrum-half, and Singleton showed a great turn of pace at full back.

Fakenham 23, Stowmarket 14

Stowmarket, demoted last season, had much to prove, and fielded a young and very quick side.

Fakenham, however, proved stronger in the forwards and in the first half dominated the opposition in the set- pieces. It was not until the middle of the first half that Tom Baines Young opened Fakenham's account with a penalty. Shortly afterwards Danny Allen slid over in the corner for the season's first try.

After the break a storming run by Curry, ably backed up by Townsend, led to a massive overlap which Baldock exploited to score again for Fakenham. Good running lines from Allen and a forthright approach from Williamson piled the pressure on Stowmarket who eventually collapsed, allowing Loxton to stroll over for Fakenham's third, converted by Baines Young. With the big forwards beginning to tire, and the game seemingly won the manager for the day, Peter Colley, gave Fakenham young guns Syers, Strong and Sergison the last 15 minutes.

Stowmarket took as much advantage as possible and in the last 10 minutes Colin Clark scored out on the left and Scott Young scored under the posts. Lowestoft & Yarmouth 6, Wisbech 17

With L&Y enjoying 80pc of possession and 70pc of territory the final score line stunned the home crowd.

From the kick off the L&Y pack dominance was obvious and in the first 30 minutes four scrums were taken against the head. Danny Simmons was the pick of the front row but was well supported by Wayne Nixon and Chris Howe. Unfortunately despite having over a dozen chances to score they cloud not cross the line for a try.

The visitors created two chances to score tries and on both occassions they succeeded with scores under the posts. They were also successful with a penalty. L&Y's points came from Scott Nelson with a penalty and a drop goal.