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Lowestoft & Yarmouth showing signs of promise

PUBLISHED: 08:13 27 October 2017

Lowestoft & Yarmouth on the attack during last Saturday's home match against Thetford. Picture: Mick Howes

Lowestoft & Yarmouth on the attack during last Saturday's home match against Thetford. Picture: Mick Howes

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Lowestoft & Yarmouth took a big step in the right direction on Saturday - even though they were beaten for the sixth time running in London Eastern Counties Three.

Lowestoft & Yarmouth making their presence felt against high-flying Thetford. Picture: Mick Howes Lowestoft & Yarmouth making their presence felt against high-flying Thetford. Picture: Mick Howes

They showed their potential by turning in gutsy effort against promotion-chasing Thetford, dominating for long spells with an abrasive performance from their pack, with signs of real power in midfield.

L&Y made Thetford work for their six tries, but with only a little extra work on tackling technique, fitness and concentration, would have prevented at least four of them and probably earned a couple more themselves.

The went behind when a quick tap penalty took them by surprise and the visitors sprinted the length of the pitch for a converted try.

L&Y then used the strong wind to regain the same field position and this time big John Wedlock picked up from a five metre scrum and torpedoed through three tackles to score in the corner.

Shortly afterwards more pressure led to young scrum-half Reice Phillips slipping a sublime pass behind his back into the arms of player-coach Scott Nelson - playing with an ankle injury - to trundle over. Ben Thompson couldn’t manage to convert either score but L&Y were good value for their lead.

Despite doing everything right for most of the half, they still conceded two scores by allowing the Thetford backs through with some weak tackles.

After the break a Thetford score from a rumble up front was negated by another barnstorming charge off a scrum by Wedlock for his second try before two more soft scores out wide for the visitors. Second row Andy Cook had his best game of a fledgling career while Brett Thomas pushed Wedlock hard for the man-of-the-match award.

L&Y have a tough game at Holt tomorrow.

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