Ilsley marks his return with a try

Holt turned in another impressive performance to come away from Woodbridge with a well deserved Eastern Counties League win.

• WOODBRIDGE 10, HOLT 27

Early pressure from Holt brought its reward after only five minutes in the shape of a Tim Allen penalty.

Four minutes later a clever kick from the base of an attacking ruck by scrum-half Ben Girling set up a five metre scrum. The impressive Holt pack out-muscled their opponents to allow No 8 Ashley Woods to touch down for the try. Allen converted and nine minutes into the game Holt were deservedly 10-0 up.


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Woodbridge gained the lion's share of possession as the half wore on, despite the best efforts of Sammy Wright, who would later be named as man of the match, and moved the ball wide at every opportunity.

On 24 minutes the Woodbridge outside centre broke through out wide to notch up the home side's first points with a well taken try.

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The second half saw a change in tactics for Holt who slowed the game down and sought to maintain possession. This game plan allowed them to dominate and 20 minutes into the second half a rolling maul set close to the Woodbridge line saw Graham Ilsley mark his first appearance this season for the firsts with a try.

Iain Young, playing his second match for the club at 10, was harshly yellow carded six minutes later and in the confusion a tapped penalty was quickly taken and moved wide for Woodbridge to claim their second try of the game.

• CRUSADERS 10, SOUTHWOLD 11

Crusaders' hopes of a league double over Southwold were denied by the narrowest of margins.

The home side took a 10-3 lead at half time with fly-half Rob Loone scoring all their points with a well taken try, a conversion and a penalty.

Having defended their line stoutly in the first half Southwold turned the screw and a forward drive was rewarded with a push-over try. A further penalty by the visitors gave them the lead.

Crusaders surged up field and their pressure was rewarded with a penalty in front of the posts. Loone, who had enjoyed an excellent game, stepped up to convert but the ball was hooked wide, much to Southwold's relief.

• THURSTON 14, WEST NORFOLK 67

West Norfolk moved up to second place in the Division One table as they took advantage of Cantabrigians' inactivity to run 10 tries past Thurston.

The visitors had the points in the bag at half-time as they moved into a 34-0 lead thanks to tries from Russ Marchant, Paul Allen, Alex Singleton, Anthony Trims and Paul Bridges, three of which were converted by Ed Maule, who also slotted over a penalty.

Thurston managed a couple of converted tries after the break but West kept piling on the points themselves, with Singleton completing his hat-trick of tries, Trims adding a second and Sean Brundle and Jamie Williamson also touching down. All but one of the scores were converted.

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