Experience made to count as Enfield steal points
Lowestoft & Yarmouth 20, Enfield Ignations 28: After their derby win over Beccles the weekend before, L&Y gifted Enfield a London 2 North East away win with a lacklustre second half performance.
The Londoners' greater experience at the higher level helped keep them in the game before they snatched the points from their newly-promoted hosts.
Had L&Y learnt the lessons of the first half, when their pack was dominant, kept the ball tighter for longer and kept control of their verbal indiscipline, then the result would have been different. Instead they gifted the visitors two interception tries and two close range penalties, and along with them, the match.
After four minutes, L&Y pressure on the Enfield line led to their flanker being shown the yellow card. But Enfield defended well and, against the run of play, their No 8 snatched up a loose pass from Dave Tieuti in the centres, and raced away to score from 60 metres.
Two minutes after getting back to 15 men, Enfield were again rduced to 14 when their centre was sent to the sideline for deliberately killing the ball. And this time L&Y capitalised when Tiueti knocked over the penalty and Myles McAlone's run set up Marc Thomas to score from a well executed lineout drive.
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Even when back to full strength, Enfield had no answer after 30 minutes when Scott Nelson and McAlone ran great lines to open a hole for Tiueti to power through and from 20 metres out. He converted his own score to extent the lead to eight points before Enfield kicked a penalty on the stroke of half-time.
Carl Lewis replaced Russ Wilkinson at halftime, and the visitors started at a rattling pace, forcing Chris Howe into a breakdown offence and a spell on the sideline, and giving the full-back the opportunity to reduce the lead by another three points.
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L&Y returned to the attack from the restart, and after a superb driving maul was illegally pulled down by the Enfield line, Steve Powles played the advantage and squeezed over in the corner.
With a seven point lead on 60 minutes, L&Y were in control, but a series of decisions went against them and they allowed Enfield totally to seize the momentum.
First Thomas gave away 20 metres for backchat, then a kickable penalty chance which the fullback grabbed. A lovely kick to the corner from the Enfield 10 set up the driving maul from which their prop emerged with a deserved try under the splintered L&Y defence to take them a point ahead.
As the time ran out, L&Y were pressuring the Enfield defence in a frantic last ditch attempt to rescue the match, but a desperate pass by Russ Chapman found the hands of the Enfield winger in midfield and he raced away to score under the posts for the converted score which sealed the game.
n Beccles, meanwhile, are still without a win after going down 20-12 at Canvey Island.