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Eleven tries for L&Y

PUBLISHED: 15:31 20 February 2009 | UPDATED: 22:34 05 July 2010

An L&Y player, in blue, wins the ball at a lineout against Thurston. PICTURE: MICK HOWES

An L&Y player, in blue, wins the ball at a lineout against Thurston. PICTURE: MICK HOWES

Lowestoft & Yarmouth 71, Thurston 5

POOR Thurston have struggled with away form all season and then they ran into the rampant league leaders in imperious form.

Lowestoft & Yarmouth 71, Thurston 5

POOR Thurston have struggled with away form all season and then they ran into the rampant league leaders in imperious form.

Despite only an eight-point margin in their previous encounter, this game was totally one-sided as L&Y's power running proved too much for their young visitors.

They scored seven tries in the first half to kill off the contest then added another four in the second period, eight in total being converted by scrum half Russ Chapman.

Scott Nelson got the try tally rolling by finishing off a passage of play heavily involving hooker Shaun Woodhouse and big winger Matt Howell. No.8 Marc Thomas got the second with a trademark charge from the base of a 5m scrum, before Chapman collected Thomas's pass from a scrum and raced 65m down the touchline for the third try.

Wayne Nixon returned from injury keen to work off some aggression and he had an excellent all round game, dominating the left side of the scrummage and noticeable in the loose.

He ceded man-of-the-match status to fellow prop Jake Titterington whose improved scrummaging along with his barnstorming runs created the platform for L&Y to cut loose.

Fly-half Nelson got his second try by cutting through to the right of a scrum in the Thurston 22. Thurston hit back when their left winger scorched over on the blind side of a 5m scrum, but L&Y took total control with further tries from Thomas, again from a 5m scrum, flanker Chris Howe and right wing Kristan Taylor Crisp, the latter two influenced by some neat play from fullback Brad Sutherland.

Woodhouse and Titterington were making huge inroads into the Thurston defence, but it took a while for L&Y to score after the break.

Eventually centre Myles McAlone cut a lovely angle to the line off a Nelson pass, then veteran flanker Ben McElroy beat several tackles to force his way over on the right.

With Thurston's defensive legs tiring, Nelson took full advantage and added the final two scores from open field breaks, cutting through the young visiting backline almost at will.

Next week the much postponed Junior Vase game at Wisbech should be on, barring further horrendous weather, so L&Y make the trip for one of their most important games in many years.

SATURDAY saw L&Y III playing away, however on arrival at Lakenham the home team only had six players to the visitors' 12.

Both teams set about organising themselves and ended up with nine against eight, 20 minutes each way and a game that was refereed by committee and several 40 plus players rolling back the years with some excellent seven's style rugby.

Everyone finished the game tired, dirty and pleased that we had made the effort.

Next week's game sees the return of skipper Paul Cowlbeck to the fold for an away game at Norwich Union.

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