Low & Yar 17, Upminster 6

Lowestoft and Yarmouth notched up their sixth win of the league season despite playing some of their worst rugby of the year.

In the process they blew a gilt-edged opportunity to earn the bonus point that would have taken them to second spot in the league.

The home team started well but Upminster worked their way up to the L&Y 22 where they kicked a penalty conceded for offside.

A 10-minute shower greased the pitch and for most of the remaining half whatever L&Y created seemed to end in a knock-on as the soapy ball spilt free. The half finished with the Essex lock sin-binned for foul play after the fourth reset scrum on their own line, and L&Y were unlucky not to go into the break ahead with a penalty try.

Jake Titterington replaced Richard Bristo and his powerful carries soon made a difference. Upminster were lucky to survive another request for a penalty try but shortly afterwards a slick midfield move released Myles McAlone to race through for the first try.

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Upminster immediately replied with a well struck drop goal before Titterington crashed over for a try after good build up work from Kristan Taylor Crisp, Marc Thomas and Steve Adams. Chapman missed with the conversion but got his last one five minutes from time when Titterington again lunged through following a series of scrums.

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