Lowestoft & Yarmouth 30, Woodford 30
This was a magnificent game of rugby and a great boost to Lowestoft and Yarmouth.
With Woodford having thrashed L&Y by 50 points earlier this season and then handsomely beating league leaders North Walsham last week, any home supporter would have bitten the hand off anyone offering this result prior to the match.
But at the end it was the home team who were disappointed not to have picked up the win after a last play try and conversion rescued the draw for Woodford.
The result was down to a huge L&Y effort and some excellent rugby in the second half that saw them fight back from a 23-10 deficit to score 20 unanswered points.
Dave Tiueti was first to score with a penalty for L&Y. Woodford hit back with a converted try after some slick handling and then added a penalty to pull away to a 10-3 lead after 15 minutes. With play near the halfway line Woodford spun wide from a breakdown but their intention to go wide was spotted by Myles McAlone who plucked out his second interception try in as many games and Tiueti added the extras.
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Woodford replied with a penalty and a converted try out wide before the hosts did everything but score just before half-time following a Brentwood yellow card.
With Russ Wilkinson and the Portuguese Papo Semedo providing a solid line-out on top of a steady scrum, L&Y knew they could compete, but they just had to summon that extra determination and concentration. And so it proved.
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Richard Bristo and his pack put in a series of huge scrums, eventually giving scrum half Russ Chapman the chance to win a kickable penalty for Tiueti after chipping through. Another scrum led to Scott Nelson and Tiueti combining in midfield to send McAlone over the line, only to be held up.
The pressure was telling and eventually another delightful move after a scrum on the right allowed Nelson to send Brad Sutherland hurtling through a huge gap and under the posts to rapturous applause. Tiueti converted then drew the scores level shortly afterwards when another break by Sutherland and Beales forced a penalty 35 metres out.
The crowd could barely believe it so when Chapman raced under the posts seconds later the sidelines erupted. Woodford ran up a blind alley on the left from the kick off then predictably span the ball back to the right straight into the arms of the grateful scrum-half who sprinted clear to the posts for Tiueti to convert with seven minutes left.
Woodford then threw everything at L&Y and some wayward defensive kicks under pressure allowed them to threaten. Two chances to clear went begging and, when they ran it back, only a magnificent tackle by Callum Cashman prevented a score.
The No 8 was sent to the bin for killing the ball in the process of saving the try. L&Y did not respond quickly enough and from the penalty Woodford sneaked through for the try which they converted with the last kick of the game.