Holt dominate from start to retain the Junior Cup

Thetford 16, Holt 69: Holt started the Woodforde's Junior Cup final in a very positive frame of mind as they attempted to retain the trophy. And after just seven minutes, Rumsby opened the scoring with a try converted by Brown adding the points.

Thetford 16, Holt 69

Holt started the Woodforde's Junior Cup final in a very positive frame of mind as they attempted to retain the trophy.

And after just seven minutes, Rumsby opened the scoring with a try converted by Brown adding the points.

Four minutes later and the visitors took total command as Ilsley touched down to make it 12-0.

Thetford, to their credit, came back at their visitors and narrowed the gap when their stand-off dropped a well taken goal after twenty minutes to reduce the deficit.

This momentary setback was immediately addressed by Holt when Mears and Brown scored a try apiece, interspaced with another drop goal from Thetford.

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Brown added conversions to both tries and Holt now had a very healthy lead 26-6 with ten minutes of the half remaining.

The visitors finished off the half in style when Wright added his name to the try scorers.

The second half began in similar vein to the first, with Holt gaining early possession for Mears to cross for another try and with Brown adding the points, the lead had increased to 6-38 after two minutes play.

Stung by this setback, the hosts then launched an attack on the Holt line and were rewarded with a converted try to reduce the arrears to 13-38.

The game was being played from end to end, but it was Holt with excellent handling who were really dictating events and it was of no surprise when Walton scored an unconverted try seven minutes later.

The hosts were again rewarded for their perseverance when they kicked a penalty, but the visitors were in no mood to be over generous.

This was shown by their dominating the game for the last twenty minutes with tries being scored at frequent intervals by Ilsley, twice, and Robson and it was fitting that Holt's captain, Woods should also be amongst the scorers. Brown converted one of the tries and Mears two more giving Holt a very rewarding victory by 69-16 and the retention of the cup in no uncertain manner.

This was an entertaining game played in a very good spirit and full credit to Thetford for their part in the proceedings.

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