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Southwold win comfortably - but they are still knocked off top spot

PUBLISHED: 09:37 15 December 2017

Southwold's Callum Anthony in full flight during his side's win at Woodbridge. Picture: Linda Cayley

Southwold's Callum Anthony in full flight during his side's win at Woodbridge. Picture: Linda Cayley

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On a perfect afternoon for rugby the large home crowd were hoping to see a repeat of the Woodbridge win over Southwold in the Suffolk Cup the previous weekend.

This however was a different Wold team from the development side that had narrowly lost the previous week,

And apart from the odd spell of Woodbridge pressure the visitors were always in control although they failed to put all the points on the board when opportunities came their way.

It was a good win away from home but that inability to make all the chances count meant that the four points gained was not enough to keep them on top of the London 3 Eastern Counties League.

On the same afternoon rivals Stowmarket got a narrow five point bonus point win over Thetford and that secured top spot on points difference.

Twenty minutes in Woodbridge had a throw in 10 metres out from their own touchline and the referee’s call of not straight led to a Wold scrum. The visiting pack then simply pushed Woodbridge back over the line for James Hall, controlling the ball well at number eight, to touch down, with Josh Wallis converting.

On the half hour Callum Anthony broke away at pace backed up by Wallis and Cemil Duruk. Some great interchanging eventually saw Duruk cross the line for Wold’s second and one of the best tries of the season. Wallis again added the two points for a 14-0 lead.

The score remained the same until half-time but only because the referee was on the blind side of a Wold drive and wasn’t able to award what looked a perfectly good try.

Woodbridge pulled three points back with a penalty 10 minutes into the second half and they then had their best spell but failed to add to their tally due to a stern Wold defence and a couple of missed penalties.

The last 10 minutes saw Wold dominant again and the pressure slowly built on Woodbridge until Patrick Stevens, who had come on as substiute for Chippy Middleditch at scrum-half, after being out for three weeks with a compulsory concussion break, broke away at pace and raced in for Wold’s third and final try, with Wallis again obliging with the two extra points.

The man of the match award went jointly to Jobe Brooks and Josh Wallis.

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