Southwold see off Crusaders in battle of youth and experience

Southwold on the attack during another comprehensive win, this time against Crusaders. Picture: Lind

Southwold on the attack during another comprehensive win, this time against Crusaders. Picture: Linda Cayley - Credit: Archant

This was a clear battle between the exuberant youth and pace of Southwold and the canny experience of the older and bigger Crusaders team, who, despite the scoreline, put the hosts under great pressure several times in the game.

It was Crusaders who silenced the home spectators by opening the scoring after only five minutes when drive after drive was duly rewarded with a try.

But Southwold didn't panic and only a few minutes later James Barton made a great break through the middle and Sherard Block was backing up to race in under the posts for a converted try.

Cemil Duruk then sprinted down the touchline for a great individual try and it wasn't long before James Hall raced away towards the corner before eventually feeding Barton on the wing for a try in the corner and Ben Felton's kick was good to make it 19-5.

Crusaders responded with a well-worked converted try to close the gap to seven points but with half-time approaching Southwold pulled away again. Barton wriggled his way to the line and scored with an outstretched arm and Jon Utting then set up Jacob English to sprint down the left-hand flank to score by the flag. Felton added a conversion to make it 31-12 at half-time.

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Eight minutes into the second half Wold were at it again as young Milo Cawkwell cut a great line and simply ran through under the posts to score and Felton added the two points.

Wold then pulled completely away with two tries in under a minute, Sammy Harmer racing clear after a Felton grubber kick to score wide on the right and Hall scoring under the posts after good work by Barton and Cawkwell. Felton obliged with both kicks and Wold were now out of sight at 52-12.

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Crusaders drove their way to another try but back up the other end Utting chased down a Felton chip to the try line, won the ball and popped up a pass to Sammy Harmer who only had to put the ball down to score. Then, with two minutes to go, Utting broke the defensive line and sprinted away to feed Barton who was just too quick for the opposition.

Crusaders' tries in a plucky performance were scored by Greg Thurston, Tim Zielinski and George King, with Rob Loone weighing in with one conversion.

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