Lowestoft and Yarmouth downed by Basildon
PUBLISHED: 12:29 26 November 2010
Lowestoft and Yarmouth 22, Basildon 33
LOWESTOFT and Yarmouth knew they were in for a hard game against the league’s early pacesetters.
But they were guilty of paying them far too much respect early in this pulsating encounter and ultimately giving themselves too much of a mountain to climb to get a result.
Four Basildon tries in the first half and a monopoly of possession for the first 30 minutes won the game, and by the time L&Y realised they were just as competent the score was too far gone to retrieve, despite scoring four tries of their own.
From the first scrum of the game L&Y were immediately on the back foot as the referee missed a blatant knock-on, Basildon hacked through and won the race to touch down for a try.
To further the home side’s frustration the referee awarded a scrum only 10 metres out instead of on the 22 for an overhit drop-out, and Basildon took advantage when their number eight scampered over for a second score.
L&Y hit straight back with their first foray into Basildon territory on the kick-off. Steve Adams and Marc Thomas double-teamed the Basildon receiver and the spilled ball caused such panic that L&Y won a five-metre scrum from which Scott Nelson was able to send Myles McAlone over with a neat switch move.
L&Y lost flanker Steve Powles to the sinbin then almost immediately conceded a try when their centre cut back through some weak covering defence.
L&Y recovered and a series of forward drives led to a penalty which Kris Nelson took quickly to send Marc Thomas under the posts.
True to form they then relaxed again and let in another score as the half ticked away and Basildon’s prop broke through by the posts.
To compound the situation a missed penalty attempt just after the kick-off led to a knock-on under the posts and Basildon capitalised by scoring another try wide on the left.
Thereafter L&Y threw caution to wind, toughened up and took the game to the visitors. Some expansive play following a series of scrums led to Adams bustling over on the right of the posts.
Basildon’s cool dissolved as they conceded a bunch of penalties and lost two men to the sinbin opening the opportunity for Brad Sutherland to score again for L&Y from a long Nelson pass before then playing out the game pressing unsuccessfully for a second bonus point.
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