Old heads play key role as Holt maintain impressive run

Youngster Ollie Woodrow went over for Holt in their impressive win at Newmarket. Picture: Stuart You

Youngster Ollie Woodrow went over for Holt in their impressive win at Newmarket. Picture: Stuart Young - Credit: Archant

Holt made it three wins in a row with a convincing eight-try performance at Newmarket which earned them a bonus point and consolidated their fifth position in the league.

Captain Ashley Woods and scrum-half Bruce van Poortvliet were prominent throughout, using their experience to lead the way which enabled Holt's young set of backs to show their pace and handling skills.

Another bonus was the return from injury of full-back James Wyatt, who was successful with four conversion kicks.

Five minutes into the game Holt were 3-0 down from a penalty converted by Newmarket's No 10 Joe Stafford. The rest of the first half was keenly contested but Holt seized every opportunity and had built up a 19-3 lead by half-time.

Ollie Woodrow was the first to score followed by a seven-point penalty try which took Holt to 12-3. Holt's inside-centre Aaron Tagg, then touched down for a try converted by James Wyatt.

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After half-time, Holt continued to build up their lead to 38-3 with tries from van Poortvliet, Woodrow and Henry Flower – two of which were converted by Wyatt.

Despite the scoreline, Newmarket were not giving up and, on the hour mark, began to see some rewards for their gutsy persistence. Their impressive No 8 Dan Johnson used his bulk and strength to break through the Holt line for three tries, two of which were converted by Stafford. During this spell Holt replied with a try by van Poortvliet made by Gareth May who had come on as a substitute in the centre for the injured Jimmy Goodliffe.

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May, who was returning from injury, again showed his skills with a solo try converted by Wyatt to round off the scoring in a game which was hard fought by both sides.

The Woodfordes man of the match for Holt was back-row forward Jim Seaman for his all-round performance.

Thetford remain fourth, a point above the side they were beaten by last week, after a 31-7 win at Woodbridge.

Stowmarket followed Southwold's suit by making it four straight wins when they cruised home 85-0 at a Lowestoft & Yarmouth side who have lost all four while conceding 226 points.

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