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L&Y win marred by red cards

PUBLISHED: 07:00 24 December 2008 | UPDATED: 22:05 05 July 2010

Lowestoft 55, Woodbridge 0

L&Y made their target of being unbeaten by Christmas with a nine-try demolition of Woodbridge, but the match was marred by the red cards to key players Scott Nelson and top try-scorer no.

Lowestoft 55, Woodbridge 0

L&Y made their target of being unbeaten by Christmas with a nine-try demolition of Woodbridge, but the match was marred by the red cards to key players Scott Nelson and top try-scorer no.8 Marc Thomas.

After racking up 38 unanswered points in the first half, it was a huge credit to the remaining players that they added another 17 points after half-time despite playing 10 minutes with 13 men and another 10 with only 12 due to the over-zealous approach by an otherwise competent referee.

Thomas got the scoreboard rolling by touching down from a driven maul off a lineout won by Coleman 10 metres out, then scrum half Russ Chapman scored immediately from a scrum on the centre spot as Thomas picked up and set him scorching through on a dazzling 50-metre solo effort.

Soon after, loosehead prop Nixon miraculously drove straight through a Woodbridge scrummage on their 22m line to rush the defence into a poor pass which he pounced on to score a remarkable try.

Scott Nelson, playing at 10, scored next by plunging over from Chapman's pass out of an advancing scrum near the Woodbridge line, and was then dubiously yellow-carded for a perceived high tackle.

Thomas scored again with an identical try to his previous effort and Russ Wilkinson drove over from a lineout steal in the corner set up by a marvellous break from McAlone and Kristen Taylor-Crisp.

After the break, a series of pick and goes, saw L&Y drive out of their half along the righthand touchline, an accurate punt from Scott Nelson across the park was caught by Sutherland who set McAlone free, and when he was stopped short of the line, Baxter followed up to score.

Then came the 20 minutes of madness. First Taylor-Crisp was sinbinned for an alleged trip, then Nelson was given his second yellow, and consequent red, for what seemed a totally innocuous challenge.

Minutes later Thomas followed him for an alleged spear tackle.

The remaining players still managed to embarass Woodbridge with another two tries.

First McAlone fired a perfect long pass out of the tackle for Sutherland to collect and dive over on his debut.

Finally Woodhouse burrowed over from the back of a controlled maul soon after.

Chapman rounded off the game with his fifth successful conversion.

It is the first time in living memory that L&Y have managed to get to this stage of the season having won every single game, and indeed their only blemish in the whole of 2008 was one league loss in February, but they now sit proudly on top to the Eastern Counties One.

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