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L&Y romp to victory

PUBLISHED: 07:00 25 January 2008 | UPDATED: 19:30 05 July 2010

Woodbridge 0, Lowestoft & Yarmouth 21

LOWESTOFT & Yarmouth travelled down to Woodbridge for this E Counties Division One clash knowing that the home side would be well prepared for the battle.

Woodbridge 0, Lowestoft & Yarmouth 21

LOWESTOFT & Yarmouth travelled down to Woodbridge for this E Counties Division One clash knowing that the home side would be well prepared for the battle.

With L&Y's old coach, now director of rugby at Woodbridge, the players were well-versed in the visitors strengths.

Great credit goes to the Woodbridge ground staff who had prepared the second team pitch for the match as the main pitch was under standing water.

Having said that the conditions were awful for controlled rugby but this is exactly what L&Y served up.

Both sides contributed to a fascinating game that had been evened up by the bad weather.

Danny Simmons was welcomed back to the front row after a long layoff and he revelled in the conditions.

His defensive qualities were at the forefront.

Wayne Nixon and Chris Howe provided the other two thirds of the front row and L&Y had the upper hand in the set piece scrums all match.

Ben McElroy, who started his first game for some weeks, put in a very polished performance from the flank. Lewis Davey and Matt Sole also performed well and snapped at anything that moved.

James Gee was drafted in as a late replacement and the youngster proved his worth with a very competent performance on the left wing.

Once again Simon Coleman was imperious in the line outs and his second row partner Russ Wilkinson had good touches in the loose.

The biggest lift for L&Y was the return of Ben Smith at scrum half who managed to get the threes moving at every opportunity and tackled his heart out all game.

Considering the conditions, his service to Byron Clarke at 10 was outstanding.

Scott Nelson kept the threes in line and commanded the middle of the park with some excellent line kicking and the trio of Kris Nelson, Alex Spindler and Russ Chapman had their chances and made ground going forward and were in control in defence.

L&Ys first score came when Clarke slotted over a penalty.

This was soon followed by a Sole try as the pack drove over from a set scrum five yards out and he was at the back to touch down.

When the whistle went at half time L&Y knew they still had a game to win with a slender 0-8 lead.

It was the L&Y forwards that finally ground down the home side and from nearly 30 yards out they combined for a driving maul that took them over the try line for Davey to touch down.

Clarke converted the try to make it 0-15.

Two further Clarke penalties closed out the match with Woodbridge failing to register any home points for only the second league match this season.

Late on Donald McArthur replaced Lewis Davey.

Tredwell developments men of the match: the three returning players Ben Smith, Ben McElroy & Danny Simmons.

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