London 3NE: East London 29, Wymondham 3

Wymondham slipped further down the table following a match littered with mistakes and punctuated by all too frequent blasts of the whistle.

The Wymondham players were aware of the importance of this match to their chances of surviving in London 3NE and seemed unduly affected by the occasion.

East London took the lead with a penalty, before James Wyatt bisected the uprights with a tremendous kick to level the scores.

Wymondham were struggling to play with any coherence with the constant stoppages and it was no surprise when East London, having been awarded a penalty in front of the posts, opted to take a scrummage from which they gained possession and crashed over for the opening try which went unconverted.

Wymondham were showing considerable grit in defence but were still struggling to break out of their own half and, with 39 minutes on the clock, they conceded yet another penalty which East London duly scored to make the score 11-3.

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Almost immediately, East London pouched another three points and with the clock showing 48 minutes, Wymondham made a hash of their own line-out and a scrappy ball was gratefully fielded by the London No 8 who crashed over to make it 19-3.

The second half showed little change from the first, with both sides continuing to be pulled up for infringements at every breakdown.

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Wymondham had their chances but were unable to convert them into points and when a clever East London cross-kick found Wymondham short of cover two East London players were on hand to cross the line to make the score 24-3. The conversion attempt fell short.

With the game well into overtimeEast London were awarded a scrum five metres out from the Wymondham line and duly completed a pushover try which went unconverted to make the final score 29-3 .

Wymondham faced the long journey home knowing that time is running out for them to escape relegation but, nonetheless, believing that they have the skill and resolution within their squad to produce two victories in their last two matches.

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