Eastern Counties Ladies 26 Warwickshire Women 20 – Wymondham flanker Lockwood scores crucial try
- Credit: ECRU
Eastern Counties Ladies began their Gill Burns Women's County Championship Plate campaign with a 26-20 win over Warwickshire Women at Stowmarket RFC.
With seven clubs and the Royal Navy represented, EC conceded an early try but West Norfolk's Georgie Lingham ran in a try from 50 metres in response, with Annalise Allan of Harwich Owls converting for a 7-5 lead.
Warwickshire responded quickly with a further unconverted try but Harwich lock Mimi Montgomery powered over and Allan kicked the extras to put the hosts 14-10 ahead at the break.
A third unconverted try put the visitors back in front, Woodbridge Amazon's Claire Brickley put EC 19-15 ahead and then Wymondham Wasps' blindside flanker Libby Lockwood scored from a quick tap penalty to allow Allan to make it 26-15, before a late try for the visitors.
EC Ladies' second game in the pool stage is away to Oxfordshire on Sunday (2pm).
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Eastern Counties: 15 Georgie Lingham (West Norfolk), 14 Briony Davies (Shelford), 13 Kristin Kvalvik (Harwich Owls), 12 Maria Carpenter (Bury St Edmunds Foxes), 11 Steph Hanratty (BSE Foxes), 10 Analise Allan (Harwich), 9 Georgie Palmer (BSE Foxes); 8 Stacey Hargrave (captain – Royal Navy), 7 Sam Chan (Shelford), 6 Libby Lockwood (vice-captain –Wymondham Wasps), 5 Mimi Montgomery (Harwich), 4 Jasmin Clark (BSEFoxes), 3 Sophia John (BSE Foxes), 2 Kaylee Williams (BSE Foxes), 1 Charly Green (Wymondham).
Replacements: 16 Sami Rackman (BSE Foxes), 17 Tekura Maeva (Lakenham Ladies), 18 Natalie Palmer (BSE Foxes), 19 Naomi Dobner (Harwich), 20 Holly Crook (Wymondham), 21 A Claire Brickley (Woodbridge Amazons), 22 Sonia Knowles (Lakenham).
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