Holt 13, Ely 24

On a cold, wet and windy day Holt were beaten at home in their third league match of the season.

Playing into the wind for the first half, Holt were awarded an early penalty and outside centre Tim Allen started the scoring with a fine kick. Only minutes later pressure from the big Ely pack pushed Holt back to their try line and the impressive Ely fly-half split the defence to ghost through for a try under the posts which he duly converted to make it 7-3.

Ely were getting on top using their forwards to good effect but indiscipline in their ranks was hampering their progress as the penalty count grew. Nevertheless before half-time Ely had added another penalty and a copy cat converted try, again the fly-half taking the points. At half time the scoreboard read 3-17 and Holt had the challenge of using the wind correctly to claw back the deficit.

Holt started the second half strongly and again Allen kicked a penalty to bring his side to within 11 points with just over 30 minutes to play. Unfortunately for Holt the away side's advantage in the pack saw them hold onto possession effectively and Holt were left with only scraps to work with.

Although Holt managed a try from Sammy Wright, Ely also crossed the line in the second half and at the final whistle had done enough to earn a good win, with the score a true reflection of the game.


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