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L&Y win a thriller

PUBLISHED: 07:00 21 November 2008 | UPDATED: 21:50 05 July 2010

A Lowestoft & Yarmouth player, in blue and white, tries to launch an attack against Newmarket. PICTURE: MICK HOWES

A Lowestoft & Yarmouth player, in blue and white, tries to launch an attack against Newmarket. PICTURE: MICK HOWES

Lowestoft & Yarmouth 28, Newmarket 25

WITH Newmarket lying third in Eastern Counties One, L&Y always knew this was going to be tough encounter and they came worryingly close to gifting Newmarket the two points in a thrilling match at Gunton Park.

Lowestoft & Yarmouth 28, Newmarket 25

WITH Newmarket lying third in Eastern Counties One, L&Y always knew this was going to be tough encounter and they came worryingly close to gifting Newmarket the two points in a thrilling match at Gunton Park.

Both sides had key players missing but that just served to even up the teams and, in a tit-for-tat game that kept the large crowd on tenterhooks, L&Y's renewed character finally shone through when they overcame a 10-point deficit to power home.

Although it was the tightest result of the year so far, in a strange sense that made it all the more enjoyable both for the supporters and the players.

Player coach Scott Nelson was delighted after the game.

“For such a young team to show that amount of character and come back to win was fantastic,” he said,

“It was just what we needed to wake up those players who have been cruising so far this year and to see what kind of hearts they've got.

“To play badly, to dog it out and still win is the sign of a good side, and we showed that.”

L&Y started at a sprint, racing to an 8-0 lead with a penalty from Russ Chapman and an unconverted try from Scott Nelson, who bundled over following a Josh Fewkes break down the centre of the pitch.

However, L&Y quickly tired and Newmarket came back with a penalty of their own.

They levelled the scores after L&Y failed to effectively chase a kick that seemed to head out, but was instead cleverly fielded and run back for a try while L&Y were caught napping.

Just when L&Y had worked their way into the Newmarket 22 and were pressuring the line the visitors rush defence forced an interception and Juan Goity, their German international, sprinted the length of the pitch to score his second try, this time converted.

Scrum-half Fewkes was having a torrid time getting decent ball for fly half Matt Jary to make use of the Nelson brothers in the centre or the pace of Chapman and his wingers, but L&Y soon hit back when the hard running no 9 touched down from his own chip ahead and Chapman converted.

Newmarket added a penalty and, with Jary and Scott Nelson both having a poor afternoon with the boot, it was fitting that a blocked clearance led to another converted try when Goity charged down a kick, collected and sent his centre partner over.

L&Y were on the edge of panic as they realised they were now 10 points adrift after gifting the three tries.

But the second half saw a different tighter approach from L&Y with more commitment in the loose tackle areas and the set piece plays.

Newmarket had a reshuffle in the front row and the L&Y front five took control.

Captain Danny Simmons, hooker Chris Howe and prop Wayne Nixon found an extra gear in the scrums, while Russ Wilkinson, Simon Coleman and Marc Thomas began to steal all the lineouts.

Chapman added a penalty after a superb break by Thomas from halfway was illegally stopped short and could have warranted a penalty try.

Soon after another unsuccessful appeal for a penalty try, RG Cooper Man of the Match Thomas managed to latch onto a driving maul from a lineout and finally get over the line.

L&Y were building up steam and once the referee finally sinbinned the Newmarket flanker for failing to release Kris Nelson in the tackle they knew they had the chance to overhaul their opponents.

Tom Castleton and Chris Howe both threatened, but it was sealed when Thomas controlled a pushover scrum to touch down.

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