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Southwold maintain dream start to season with sixth straight win

PUBLISHED: 08:30 27 October 2017

Southwold full-back Jonny Utting in action against Ely. Picture: Linda Cayley

Southwold full-back Jonny Utting in action against Ely. Picture: Linda Cayley

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Southwold were given a decent test by Ely before pulling away in the second half to record a sixth straight league win.

With a fierce wind in their faces the hosts got off to a fine start after turning the ball over, with skipper James Hall eventually going in under the posts on four minutes.

Five minutes later Ely narrowed the score with a wind assisted penalty from the halfway line but on 25 minutes Phil Pymer fed Cemil Duruk backing up at speed who cruised in for Wold’s second try on the left which again went unconverted.

From the kick-off Ely forced a scrum, won good ball and caught Wold asleep down the blindside and with the conversion good the scores were level at 10-10.

Wold’s third try five minutes before half-time came from a great drive up the middle of the pitch by Pymer who combined well with Josh Crick. But it was eventually Dominic Hill who powered over wide on the right and the score remained at 15-10 until half-time.

Wold had the strong wind in their favour in the second half and the first of several territorial kicks saw them steal an Ely line-out after only three minutes. Two quick phases saw the ball make its way down the makeshift backline via props Adam Smith and Des Brett and second row Joe Block, out on the wing, raced in for Wold’s fourth try.

At the end of the third quarter Wold controlled a scrum superbly and Rob Owles threw a great dummy and then fed Duruk who took the tackle before putting in full back Jon Utting wide again for a 25-10 lead.

Only three minutes later it was 32-10 to Wold when Matt Howell burst down the left wing and with seemingly the whole Wold side backing up the ball was switched across the pitch for Ritchie Thickett to score. This time Utting’s conversion attempt was good for the additional two points.

A line-out on the 22 was then well won and from the first drive and ruck, scrum-half Patrick Stevens picked up the ball, saw a gap and raced in for a fine individual try. It was against the run of play but another fine Utting conversion from wide saw the score move to 39-10, with Ely reducing the arrears with their second try.

There were a few worrying injuries by the end of the match with a visit to second placed Stowmarket coming up tomorrow.

MoM: Pete Holmes for a storming game at No 7.

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