Wymondham 7, Harlow 8

Harlow came out of the blocks fastest and soon won a penalty which their fly-half converted.

After that Wymondham had most of the ball and territory, and came close to scoring following a typical barnstorming run through the mud from second row Josh Wright ending in a line-out close to the line.

Eventually, Harlow cleared with a long kick which stayed in play near the half way line and Wymondham were adjudged to have held on to the ball in the tackle giving Harlow the opportunity to kick further into the Wymondham half. A few phases later and they had scored in the corner against the run of play. The conversion was missed.

It was now mostly Wymondham. Harlow just had the edge in the forwards but Wymondham always looked like they could score if they could only keep their feet and hold on to a ball which resembled a bar of soap. The resulting knock-ons ended in a number of missed opportunities and the score remained 8-0 at the interval.

In the second half the rain eased, the match continued in much the same fashion with Wymondham having to wait until the last moments to get the elusive score.

It came after an incident far from typical of a game played in a good spirit resulted in a player from each side receiving a red card.

Wymondham scored their try with Dodd touching down near the posts, the conversion making it 8-7 – after which the referee blew for full-time, leaving Wymondham with a losing bonus point.