Southwold thrash neighbours Lowestoft & Yarmouth in derby match
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Southwold comfortably claimed the derby honours with an emphatic 54-3 win over Lowestoft & Yarmouth at Gunton Park.
But for the weather it could have been an even bigger win for Wold, with the hosts' only points coming from a late penalty which their opponents felt hadn't gone between the posts.
There were no score for the first 15 minutes as brave defencing kept the visitors out but eventually Ritchie Thickett powered over in the corner for the first try and Ben Felton slotted the conversion from out wide.
It was one-way traffic for the rest of the half with three more tries following, all converted by Felton.
Josh Wallis cut a fantastic angle to race in under the posts, Callum Anthony stepped right through the L&Y back line to unselfishly put Felton in and then he raced clear himself to score the fourth try.
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A neck injury sustained by L&Y youngster Ethan Harrowvan then led to an ambulance being called and his position on the pitch resulted in the teams and spectators moving to a second pitch.
The player was taken to hospital for a check-up but was found to be suffering from nothing worse than bruising and was back at the club later in the afternoon.
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The second half saw the score continue to mount with Cemil Duruk scoring with a strong run and finish.
James Hall then caught the hosts out with a quick penalty and Luke Wade, on at full back in the second half, put Jacob English in under the posts.
As conditions worsened the Wold pressure was relentless, while further injuries broke up the flow of the game. There was no doubt that this restricted the final score, with the constant stoppages combined with the problematic weather making life extremely difficult.
Two more tries were to follow however with Thickett running in easily for his second and Dominic Hill powering over for the final try.
Only one missed conversion from the seven tries meant Wold had amassed a respectable 54 points and the big win left them top of the table after two games with a maximum 10 points to their name.