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A day to forget as L&Y suffer a mauling

PUBLISHED: 14:13 29 March 2017 | UPDATED: 14:13 29 March 2017

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Lowestoft and Yarmouth had a day to forget at the weekend as they slumped to a painful 151-0 defeat at Harlow.

The side in second place in the London Three North East table were simply too strong in all departments for the weakened visitors and showed no mercy in the last first team game to be played at their traditional Rams Gorse home.

L&Y deserved credit for fulfilling the fixture on such an historic occasion and not handing their hosts a walk-over, as other struggling sides might have done in the circumstances - but it was still an embarrassing afternoon for the club as a bumper crowd looked on.

Harlow started at full throttle and scored the first of their 23 tries after three minutes.

Playing up the hill, Harlow scored eight first-half tries. Danny Smith, making his return to the starting line-up following an injury, converted seven of them to make the half-time score 54-0.

The second half was entirely one-way traffic. Ross Stalley, McGlone, Tarsey and Whitby all completed their hat-tricks as Harlow ran in 15 tries in 40 minutes. Smith kicked 18 conversion to end up with 41 points in total.

The win left Harlow full of confidence as they approach their last two fixtures. They know that if they win them both they will win the league.

Speaking after the game coach Lee Harron said: “I’m delighted with the result. The boys maintained concentration throughout and it was good to put on a show for the old boys who came to watch.”

All Lowestoft and Yarmouth can do now is regroup, put the hammering behind them and focus on a match they have a genuine chance to winning at Gunton Park tomorrow.

They are home to fellow strugglers West Norfolk, who picked up points by default at the weekend when scheduled opponents Ilford Wanderers, the league’s bottom side, opted not to travel to Norfolk.

L&Y would move to within three points of West with a maximum haul, meaning they could finish outside the bottom two by winning their final match at Ely on April 8.

Southwold, who were without a game on Saturday, return to London Three North East action tomorrow with a trip to Basildon. They need to win their final two games to be sure of a fourth-place finish.

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