London 3NE: Wymondham 8, Holt 21
London 3NE leaders Holt got back to winning ways after losing their first game of the season the previous week when they beat local rivals Wymondham.
Holt had won the first match between two sides at home by 38-7 and were looking to record a rare win on their opponents' ground and also to erase the memory of the defeat at Upminster.
The weather and pitch were perfect, making the ideal ingredients for a good open game.
Holt made their customary positive start but were not able to drive home the advantage. However, after much probing at Wymondham's defence, Allen finished off a move to score under the posts after 15 minutes, making the conversion a formality for Iain Young. Holt were looking the more positive of the sides and after 24 minutes, Young increased the lead to 10-0 with a penalty.
The home side then did their best to disrupt Holt's defence which stood firm and from a quickly taken penalty, Young made inroads into the opposition's half, only for the break to be halted by conceding a penalty.
Wymondham again attacked Holt's line, calling for stout defence, which finally conceded a kickable penalty and a player to the sin bin. The kick from Tom Wilson was on target and the half-time score stood at 10-3 in Holt's favour.
Holt began the second half in a very positive mood, considering they were down to 14 men for the first nine minutes of the half. The pressure kept Wymondham penned in their half for a lengthy period, but Holt could not increase their lead. Finally, after a missed penalty attempt, Young was on target to increase the lead to 13-3.
- 1 Broads pub once visited by Chelsea players shuts for good
- 2 A coach 'filled with people' and a van crash on the NDR
- 3 Body found in woods near Mildenhall
- 4 'Squatter' couple become legal owners of land as saga continues
- 5 'Like touching grim reaper's nose': Teenager lucky to be alive after crash
- 6 Norfolk's oldest woman dies, aged 110
- 7 One person rescued after crash on A47
- 8 Tributes to 'kind and caring' Norwich man with a love of chess and walking
- 9 Fury at bikers' who rode over dead seal pup
- 10 ‘We need action now’: Flood hit Broads business backs river barrier calls
This prompted Wymondham to finally break the siege and gain ground into Holt's half and they were rewarded with an unconverted try from Alex Brugger after 24 minutes of the half, reducing the deficit to 13-8. This setback inspired Holt to again go on to the offensive and they were rewarded with another penalty two minutes later for Young to increase the lead to more comfortable margin.
The home side again threw everything at Holt who weathered the storm and by making further inroads into Wymondham's half, scored a typical winger's try through Robson, finishing off a move which went across the width of the pitch. The conversion was off target but the lead now stood at 21-8 with 10 minutes remaining. The rest of the match was mainly played in Holt's half with the hosts desperately trying to reduce the deficit, but to of no avail. Holt had got back to winning ways with a hard earned victory and had kept their lead to nine points from Harlow, who also won.
The day was a very successful one for Holt, as all three teams won. The second and third XVs won their Merit Table matches against West Norfolk and Wymondham respectively.