Eastern Counties Ladies 26 Warwickshire Women 20 – Wymondham flanker Lockwood scores crucial try

Eastern Counties Ladies try scorer Libby Lockwood (Wymondham Wasps) looks to distribute the ball dur

Eastern Counties Ladies try scorer Libby Lockwood (Wymondham Wasps) looks to distribute the ball during the win over Warwickshire at Stowmarket RFC. Picture: ECRU - 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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