Old Brentwood 29, Beccles 15

Beccles endured a frustrating day in a competitive match which got away from them in the last 10 minutes.

The first half was hard fought with both sets of forwards fully committed, none more so than Jack Tipple whose tackling display was outstanding. Beccles capitalised on their initial pressure allowing Luke Wade to score a penalty. Brentwood responded with a penalty of their own and then scored a breakaway interception try as Wade tried to release Gavin Starks.

The second half came alight when John Payne released his outside backs to give debutant wing three-quarter Tom Harrison the chance to score a superb try, converted by Wade to give Beccles a 10-8 lead.

Sadly Beccles were penalised at the restart to allow the home second row to gallop through and score an unconverted try.

The Bulls went ahead again when captain Reece Ling showed real athleticism for a big man to dive over between two defenders and touchdown one-handed. Despite both touch judges raising their flags the referee adjudged Wade's conversion had gone wide.

The home side hit back with a try in the right corner. A further penalty and a last-minute try gave a score line which flattered the home side.

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