Tough afternoon on the road from Wymondham

SW Ferrers 41, Wymondham 10: Forced into a number of last-minute changes as injuries failed to heal Wymondham called on veteran John Moorfoot and coach Justin Loveridge to make up the numbers and suffered a heavy defeat.

Wymondham started strongly, with Alex Brugger carving holes in the home defence and James Wyatt slotting over a penalty.

Wymondham's momentum was halted as Barry O'Sullivan received lengthy treatment to a cut head caused by a stray boot in a ruck and the hosts replied with a penalty of their own.

SWF were now spending lengthy periods in the Wymondham half and their winger exploited an overlap to nudge them ahead.

The hosts found themselves a man down as the referee gave one of their forwards a spell in the sin-bin and Wymondham won a line-out and drove the home forwards fully 25 metres back to their line before claiming the score wide out. Wyatt duly converted to make it 10-8.


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The lead was to prove short-lived as SWF slotted another penalty followed by yet another on the stroke of half-time when Josh Wright was judged to have gone off his feet at the ruck, an offence for which he also received a yellow card, leaving the hosts ahead by 14-10 at the break.

The second half proved very hard going as the home team stepped up the pace and Wymondham had to play virtually the entire half with men off the field, having been yellow carded for for technical offences.

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SWF opened the half with a swiftly taken throw to the front of the line which saw a home forward scamper half the length of the field to touch down in the corner.

The Red and Blacks were then penalised for wheeling which allowed SWF to capitalise on 13-man Wymondham's lack of defensive cover to take a tap penalty and score.

Scrum-half and kicker James Wyatt was then forced to leave the field as he was feeling unwell and was replaced by Jonathan Payne.

Wymondham were now struggling to make any inroads on the game and, to compound their woes, influential centre O'Sullivan was the next to receive a yellow card for handling in the ruck – an offence for which the referee also awarded a penalty try to give the home side a 31-10 advantage.

Wymondham began to tire and the home side took the opportunity to run in two more tries in the final period.

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