Wymondham remain on course to finish second


- Credit: Eastern Daily Press � 2007

Wymondham stayed on course for a second placed finish when they came away from Bury St Edmunds with a solid win after being level at the break.

With Lee Summers picking up an injury in training and Sam Head, Finbar Conway, Tom Poole all unavailable Jim Kelly started in the front row, Tony Wishart slotted in at second row with Liam Browning moving to the flank,

The visitors got their noses in front when a quickly taken free-kick by Auden Airdrie saw Billy Duffin crash over for a try, converted by his brother Charlie.

From a maul Bury scored a converted try under the posts to level the scores and it remained 7-7 at half-time after a stop/start affair, with little chance for either team to settle into a rhythm.

Kelly, Lee Bartlett and Dave Sillett had proved strong in the front row, David Blake, Will Shaw and James Boggan had carried the ball well, supported by Wishart and Browning, so the pack was more than holding its own. Chris Collins-Reed, Shaun Rix had quick darts whenever possible but no momentum was allowed to be built up by either side.

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The visitors pack graudally started to use the slope which was now with them however and some great work by all the forwards saw Blake crash over for the second try, again converted by Duffin, to regain the lead.

Coach Dave Howard decided to introduce fresh legs so the hard working Kelly got a break with Ed Coleman moving into the front row. Then Airdrie was withdrawn and Josh Cousens moved into nine with Tom Midgely, back in action after a long spell out through injury, coming into the centre.

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With pressure again being applied to the Bury defence the visitors were awarded a penalty which Charlie Duffin converted to push out the lead to 7-17.

Bury then missed a penalty of their own before the best move of the match saw wonderful movement of the ball by backs, forwards and then backs again released Wigney to score an unconverted try make the final score 22-7.

Wymondham are three points ahead of Crusaders and four clear of Newmarket going into the final weekend so will need to win at home to Wisbech on Saturday to be sure of finishing second.

Champions Thetford hammered Beccles 96-5 to move 11 points clear at the top.

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