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L&Y's winter warmer

PUBLISHED: 12:53 28 November 2008 | UPDATED: 21:55 05 July 2010

Winter weather is no problem for L&Y as they beat Ely 48-0.

Winter weather is no problem for L&Y as they beat Ely 48-0.

L&Y progressed to the next round of the National Junior Vase with an eight try demolition of Ely that highlighted the gulf in standard between the tops of Eastern Counties Leagues One and Two.

L&Y progressed to the next round of the National Junior Vase with an eight try demolition of Ely that highlighted the gulf in standard between the tops of Eastern Counties Leagues One and Two.

Ely are unbeaten in their league after being relegated last year, and even racked up 35 points to beat Woodbridge from EC1 in the last round of the Vase.

However, on a pitch that was snow covered and sodden underfoot, with the occasional blustery snowfall, L&Y bulldozed their plucky Cambridgeshire opponents and were rarely troubled beyond their own mistakes gifting Ely territory.

It was also a credit to the club, and the quality of rugby now being played, that so many supporters made the effort to brave the horrendous winter weather to watch.

L&Y started patiently, easily soaking up several waves of attack from the Ely forwards, and once they got their hands on the ball they immediately ran in a try as Scott Nelson danced through on the blindside and around under the posts for Russ Chapman to convert.

Marc Thomas added another soon after from a rolling maul before L&Y then started to over-elaborate. The conditions dictated a cautious and narrow style of play and a stream of silly mistakes handed Ely the penalties to keep L&Y away from their line.

However, a feature of L&Y's growing maturity has been the ability to adapt and they brought the game back under control with Thomas adding another score from a driven maul.

By the second half L&Y were back to simple rugby and, as much to keep warm as anything else, the forwards kept it tight, demolishing the Ely eight.

The front row of Wayne Nixon, Graeme Newton and Danny Simmons had control in the scrums, and new boy Tim Fenn proved his worth with a confident display in the second row alongside Simon Coleman, adding another dimension to L&Y's lineout play.

Flanker Zak Baxter had a strong game running off the rust caused by his recent ankle injury, and his replacement Shaun Woodhouse compounded Ely's woes.

In fact the replacements went on to hog the scoreboard as first Tom Castleton came onto the wing in place of Daniel Boardley and scored with his second touch after some fine interplay between forwards and backs.

Then hooker Chris Howe, on for Newton, picked up and flopped over following a Woodhouse charge. Russ Wilkinson, who replaced Fenn after 55 minutes, drove straight under the posts to give Chapman an easy conversion, and then No8 Thomas completed his hat-trick from the back of a five-metre scrum.

As the snow set in, Nelson finished what he started by touching down under the posts for Chapman to knock over his fourth conversion.

Tomorrow: friendly game against Diss II, another unbeaten club riding high at the top of London Division Two North.

Picture by Mick Howes

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