Woodbridge 8, Wymondham 21

Wymondham came through a tough encounter played out in testing conditions to maintain their Greene King Eastern Counties League promotion push.

Steve Simms, James Wyatt and Harry Anderson-Brown delivered some superb kicking from hand all afternoon. A line-out was won in the Woodbridge half by Andy Mackay and the ball reached Simms who dummied a pass to Onisimo Sagakalele but instead fed Alex Brugger and he went straight through to score under the posts, James Wyatt converting for 0-7.

The forward battle was well matched with Matt Ambrose, returning from injury, Chris Miller, Alan Turner, Dave Blake and Tony Wishart matching Woodbridge in the scrums and, with the aid of Henry Petch, Josh Wright and Mackay, in the loose.

Simms forced a gap and released Mackay who touched down but the try was disallowed for a forward pass. Then inter-passing between Wyatt, Brugger and David Martin resulted in the latter making a decisive break which, although he was stopped, created a try for the back row, Mackay feeding Wright to touch down wide out. Wyatt duly converted to make it 0-14.

This game was still very tight and pressure by Woodbridge earned a penalty to reduce the arrears before half-time.


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After the break some indiscipline moved Woodbridge into their opponents' half and from ground gained their hooker scored wide out, with the try going unconverted.

The game approached the final quarter and Wymondham's coach Justin Loveridge now chose to use his bench to give players a break from the sapping conditions. Dane Canning had been brought on in the first half and now Tom Wilson came on at centre with Mark White into the back row.

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Wymondham managed again to stop the hosts' back row on a pick and drive. The ball spilled loose and Simms hacked the loose ball through and he was rewarded with a try in the corner, excellently converted by Wyatt in the conditions to complete the scoring at 8-21.

This was an entertaining match in atrocious conditions, played in a good sporting manner by both sides, a credit to every player who was involved.

Ipswich YM earned an expected bonus point win at bottom club Thurston and so return to top spot on points difference. The last game of the season will be between the two front-runners and it looks like it will go down to the wire.

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