Youngster Martin takes centre stage

Wymondham 33, Upminster 10: Wymondham finally produced the performance that their coaches always believed they had in them as they recorded their second win of the season on Saturday.

But the omens were not good when the home defence stood back on five minutes and watched the Upminster No 8 charge down the wing to score a try in the corner. Upminster were unable to convert and from that point Wymondham settled down and played their natural running game.

The pressure told and Sims coolly slotted a penalty after 10 minutes to reduce the arrears.

Wymondham were now beginning to string together some flowing moves and were denying Upminster any space to counter-attack with some fine tackles and committed rucking.

After 20 minutes flying winger Brugger was given the ball on the halfway line and left the defence for dead as he cut in twice and grounded the ball between the posts to leave Sims with an easy conversion.

Influential captain and centre Pena Sokia was then poleaxed by a flailing arm in the tackle and was forced to leave the field after lengthy treatment for a cut and badly bruised eye. Tom Wilson took the field in his place.

The resulting penalty was not landed but the injury to their captain seemed to add steel to the home side.

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Another penalty was landed before half-time to leave Wymondham 13-5 up at the break.

The second half belonged to young winger David Martin. A product of the excellent Wymondham youth system, he had never before scored for the first team but he soon put that right, finishing an excellent passing move with an electric 40 metre run and a touch down under the posts.

Tom Wilson slotted another penalty before Martin scorched past three tacklers to score his second after a 35 metre dash for the line.

On the hour mark, Wymondham put together 10 phases and were rewarded for their discipline when the ball was passed along the back line and Martin joyfully added his hat-trick try which also secured the bonus point for his side.

Wymondham then lost concentration and allowed Upminster to finish the scoring with an unconverted try.

Chairman John Mackay praised the hard work of coaches Turner and Loveridge afterwards and predicted that the young team would go on to build on this superb performance.

• Sudbury 10, Holt 23

Newly promoted Holt extended their excellent start to the season by making it five wins on the trot.

The visitors had the wind behind them for the first half and were quick to exploit this fact and after six minutes Young put his side ahead with a penalty.

This inspired Holt to dictate events for the next few minutes and Young scored an unconverted try after a quarter of an hour to extend the lead. Sudbury gradually got into Holt's half and they were rewarded with an unconverted try when their prop crashed over to reduce the arrears.

The visitors again took control of the game and following more good play Daniel Ilsley scored a try, which was converted by Young.

Three minutes later Woods scored an unconverted try following a good driving maul. The home side ended the half attacking and were off target with a penalty attempt, leaving the visitors with a comfortable 20-5 lead at the interval.

The second half began with Holt making basic errors, which led to a prolonged siege of their 22 area and they did well to hold up two attempts by Sudbury to score. Their defence was not helped when they had a player sin binned and the home side scored an unconverted try to reduce the deficit to 10 points.

Once Holt had gone back to a full team their defence was tightened, but they were having a mammoth task with defending. But when they briefly broke the stranglehold Young extended the lead with a well-taken penalty against the wind.

For the rest of the game Sudbury threw everything they had at Holt's defence, which as has been proved so often, was equal to the task.

Sudbury did cross the goal line, only to be pulled back for as forward pass, much to Holt's relief.

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