Ipswich YM 22, Wymondham 27: Title is now within sight
- Credit: Archant
The clash of the two best teams in the Greene King Eastern Counties League saw Wymondham secure a superb away win to take a giant step towards title glory.
Had Ipswich YM won they would have been crowned champions but now Wymondham will overhaul their rivals if they win their two games in hand.
The early pressure came from the visitors and a strong charge from a scrum by Josh Wright allowed him to feed David Martin who sprinted in to score a good unconverted try.
There followed periods of pressure from both teams before Ipswich equalised when Ricky Lea scored an unconverted try against the run of play. Then a good chip kick over the top of Ipswich YM's defensive line was followed up well by Onisimo Sagakalele and Alex Brugger which resulted in the former scoring a try well out that was brilliantly converted by Steve Simms to make it 5-12.
This was followed a few minutes later by a good burst off the back of a scrum by Wright and, when he was stopped, the pack recycled it well and set up Simms for a drop goal to make the score 5-15 at the break.
Wymondham kicked off the half, immediately went on the attack and from a well worked move at a scrum the ball was fed to Simms who spotted a small gap and scored a converted try under the posts.
Ipswich YM knew they now had to go for it and started to exert some pressure of their own. Wymondham were now down to 14 for 10 minutes and the hosts took full advantage of their man advantage in the scrum to score an unconverted try through their second rower Samy Rashed.
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With minutes left on the sin binning Ipswich YM then produced a good forward drive and scored a converted try through Lee Elliston to close the score to 17-22.
When they were back up to 15 a re-juggled Wymondham pack shoved Ipswich YM all the way back to their try line where Al Turner crashed through for the bonus point try. Tom Wilson narrowly missed the conversion into the wind.
The game was still keenly contested and near the end Ipswich scored another try through Carlton Ford to see the match finish 22-27 with them picking up a losing bonus point and a four try bonus point.
Both teams proved why they have been at the top of the league over the season and were a credit to their clubs. With Ipswich having completed their fixtures Wymondham are still six points adrift with two games to go, at home to Southwold on Saturday and at Mersea Island on Saturday week.