Relief all round as Wymondham stay up
WYMONDHAM 34, NEWMARKET 38: Wymondham hung on to their London League status by the skin of their teeth after a surreal final day of the season at Tuttles Lane.
There was a festival atmosphere with a touring party of minis from Ampthill playing in the morning and a veterans team from Kettering arriving in drag for a mid-day kick-off followed by a glut of points in the main match, which saw a late converted try give visitors Newmarket a 38-34 victory.
Even with their bonus point, that could have meant relegation for the Norfolk team, but they were saved by Lowestoft & Yarmouth's victory over Wisbech, who proved to be the unlucky team to fill the third demotion place.
'We had someone sending back regular reports from Lowestoft,' said club chairman John Day. 'Thankfully Lowestoft were able to do us a favour but it wasn't until the evening that we could be absolutely sure we were safe.
'I think most of the big crowd enjoyed the game. It was a great day for spectators but not for a chairman
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'Now we're going to be rooting for Holt in their London League play off against Millwall. It's no secret of where we'd rather be travelling to next season.'
Tom Wilson, the kicker brought back from university in Leeds to play, had a big day and thought he'd snatched victory with a late penalty – only for Newmarket to snatch it at the death.
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• Mackenders said farewell to National League rugby yesterday – for another year at least – when Diss lost 29-20 at home to Gravesend.
The result left the Norfolk team 16 points adrift of their also-relegated county rivals North Walsham at the bottom of the table.
All that's left of the season now is a league finale at Bishop Stortford on Saturday and the last chance of glory in the Norfolk Cup final against North Walsham at Mackenders on a date to be confirmed.