Wymondham 5, Upminster 14
In wet and slippery conditions Upminster were clinical in their approach to gain a hard fought win.
With the teams scoring one try apiece Wymondham's lack of discipline – which allowed the visitors to score three penalties – was ultimately the decisive factor.
The game was very even, with Wymondham having slightly more territory and ball possession. But while the hosts were unable to convert, with Penia Sokia being held up just short of the line after a powerful run and missed opportunities with the catch and drive, Upminister saw their kicks at goal sail right through the middle of the uprights.
Wymondham started the second half in perfect fashion and pinned Upminster back on their own five metre line. From the resulting line-out, Wymondham's catch and drive was executed perfectly, with captain Andrew Nelson claiming the try.
Despite long periods camped in the Upminster half Wymondham were unable to break the line again and it was Upminster who secured the points when they scored out wide.
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The result puts Wymondham in an uneasy position going into their last five games of the season, where a win must come away from home. Next week they travel to face Wisbech, five points and two places below them, in what has become a very important fixture.
Wymondham's seconds put in another good performance to beat table topping Beccles in their Merit League game, with the winning score coming from Jonny Loades deep in injury time.
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