Impressive leaders in five try romp
LOWESTOFT & YAR 39, WANSTEAD 3: Lowestoft and Yarmouth remained at the top of London 3NE after an impressive five try demolition of fellow contenders Wanstead.
Last week's run out against Beccles served its purpose well by removing the winter ring rust and they were transformed against a side who had run them ragged earlier in the season.
Wanstead remained the dangerous and well drilled side of three months ago, but they were simply out-powered and out-thought in this game.
The visitors went ahead with a fine 42m kick but L&Y scrum-half Russ Chapman soon levelled with the first of his six successful kicks.
Around the quarter mark a line-out drive enabled Marc Thomas to wriggle over for the first try, converted by Chapman. The scrum half got the second score himself after a huge drive by L&Y on a Wanstead scrum allowed him to snaffle the ball from his opposite number, exchange passes with the supporting Steve Powles, chip ahead and touch down for an 18-3 half-time lead.
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The pressure exerted both in defence and attack was to be the key factor in the second half. A wonderful passage of play involving runs from Tom Dare, Callum Cashman and Jake Titterington led to Scott Nelson sending Josh Fewkes through for a deserved score.
Nelson was provider for the next try when midfield pressure defence caused a fumble. He scooped the ball and sent Myles McAlone racing free from 50m with a sharp inside pass.
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To wrap up the game McAlone got his second try when a late Wanstead attempt to run out from their line was intercepted and he trotted over unopposed.
• HAVERHILL 7, WEST NORFOLK 61
West Norfolk returned from a seven-week break in impressive fashion when they ran nine tries past the league's bottom side.
Haverhill stunned the visitors by taking the lead with a converted try, but after that it was one-way traffic, especially in the second period.
West Norfolk hit back to move 21-7 ahead at the break, with tries from Ian Beck, Michael Skinner and Jamie Williamson, all of which were converted by Ed Maule.
Then the floodgates really opened, with Michael Singleton touching down twice, Williamson completing his hat-trick and Jack Windass and Ross Biggs also scoring tries.
West are now third in Eastern Counties One and although they remain nine points behind leaders Stowmarket they have a game in hand and still have to play them twice before the end of the season.
• LAKENHAM-HEWETT 3, DEREHAM 23
Dereham turned in an impressive second half performance to take the Eastern Counties Division Two points.
Trailing to a first half penalty from Lakenham they turned the match on its head by scoring four tries after the interval through Carl Edwards (2), Dan Ponder and John Younie, with Will Affleck adding one conversion.