More left in the tank, says Lowestoft and Yarmouth hat-trick hero Thomas
LOWESTOFT & YARMOUTH 50, BANCROFT 16: After conceding two tries in the first 15 minutes, Lowestoft and Yarmouth produced some impressive rugby to score eight tries of their own in a comprehensive win.
L&Y started slowly and Bancroft took full advantage. From a line-out their No 8 broke clean through for a soft try, shortly followed by a try down the right wing.
The hosts were rattled and it took a yellow card to scrum-half Russ Chapman for them to wake up and show some urgency. Bancroft extended the lead with a penalty and then the home team took over.
A penalty for a Bancroft offside on their 22 was popped smartly to prop Jake Titterington who burst through to crash over. Two neat chips by Scott Nelson got L&Y back in Bancroft territory and the ball whizzed right along the line before coming back to Thomas to wriggle out of one tackle and over for Brad Sutherland to convert. A slick backs move down the right sent Myles McAlone racing through midfield and once he was tackled, quick handling gave Nelson the room to canter under the posts unopposed.
Kristan Taylor Crisp's superb take from the half-time restart confirmed L&Y's momentum, but the visitors scored first when their fly-half slotted a drop goal. Thereafter it was all L&Y.
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A Bancroft attempt to run wide was cut short when McAlone intercepted and ran 60m to score. A lineout on the visitors' 22 led to L&Y's most controlled drive of the day and Titterington profited by charging off the back and over for his second try.
A three-try burst from the home side then killed off all resistance. First another slicing run through midfield by McAlone took him to just under the posts where Thomas was on hand to poach his second score. He added his third when L&Y counter-attacked through Kris Nelson and Chris Howe and Titterington offloaded to Thomas to finish. Straight from the kick off, Russ Wilkinson charged down the touchline, Titterington took the ball into contact and a quick miss pass found Sutherland to arc 40m into the left corner and round off a fine day's work from his team.
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• WANSTEAD 32, WYMONDHAM 20
Wymondham suffered another away defeat but the whole team can stand tall after this performance.
Facing an away day disaster Wymondham called on several teenagers, second teamers and debutantes to make up the squad and they almost delivered a first away win of the season.
Wymondham started brightly and James Wyatt kicked a penalty from halfway. The visitors then had two forays into the Wanstead 22 but the latter was turned over by Wanstead's player-coach Jez Walmsley and Paul Cristofoli finished off a 75m turnover.
Walmsley, a thorn in Wymondham's side for the whole game, doubled Wanstead's lead on 20 minutes. Luckily for Wymondham the home side's stand in kicker, Rob Seltzer failed to convert from under the posts and eventually missed five from five attempts.
Five minutes later Wymondham were level when Mark Buckham scored his first senior try, squeezing over in the corner after some fine work by Stephen Simms and Soul Phoenix, Wyatt's conversion bringing the scores even.
Wymondham took in a five-point half-time lead when Stuart Lowe scored his first try for the club. He came in off his wing making a clean break through the midfield and then smashed his way through Wanstead's fullback.
In the second half Wanstead's John Kenlin brought the scores level again before Wymondham camped on the home line, forcing several penalties. Wanstead finally crumbled, with David Blake scoring his first try for the club and Wymondham were back in front.
Missed tackles and errors would now prove costly for Wymondham. One missed tackle in midfield allowed Anthony Fedele to go over bringing the scores level again and a well worked try by Walmsley put Wanstead ahead. As Wymondham tried to counter attack a dropped pass in midfield gave Gareth Lewis an easy score that Johnny Smith converted.