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Southwold thrash Lowestoft & Yarmouth in derby match

PUBLISHED: 06:19 22 September 2017

Richie Thickett touches down for a dominant Southwold side. Picture: Linda Cayley

Richie Thickett touches down for a dominant Southwold side. Picture: Linda Cayley

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Southwold comfortably claimed the derby honours with an emphatic 54-3 win over Lowestoft & Yarmouth at Gunton Park.

Ben Felton crosses the line as Southwold dominate at Gunton Park. Picture: Linda CayleyBen Felton crosses the line as Southwold dominate at Gunton Park. Picture: Linda Cayley

But for the weather it could have been an even bigger win for Wold, with the hosts’ only points coming from a late penalty which their opponents felt hadn’t gone between the posts.

There were no score for the first 15 minutes as brave defencing kept the visitors out but eventually Ritchie Thickett powered over in the corner for the first try and Ben Felton slotted the conversion from out wide.

It was one-way traffic for the rest of the half with three more tries following, all converted by Felton.

Josh Wallis cut a fantastic angle to race in under the posts, Callum Anthony stepped right through the L&Y back line to unselfishly put Felton in and then he raced clear himself to score the fourth try.

A neck injury sustained by L&Y youngster Ethan Harrowvan then led to an ambulance being called and his position on the pitch resulted in the teams and spectators moving to a second pitch.

The player was taken to hospital for a check-up but was found to be suffering from nothing worse than bruising and was back at the club later in the afternoon.

The second half saw the score continue to mount with Cemil Duruk scoring with a strong run and finish. James Hall then caught the hosts out with a quick penalty and Luke Wade, on at full back, put Jacob English in under the posts.

As conditions worsened the Wold pressure was relentless, while further injuries broke up the flow of the game. There was no doubt that this restricted the final score, with the constant stoppages combined with the problematic weather making life extremely difficult.

Two more tries were to follow however with Thickett running in easily for his second and Dominic Hill powering over.

Only one missed conversion from the seven tries meant Wold had amassed a respectable 54 points and the big win left them top of the table after two games with a maximum 10 points to their name.

Their next challenge is a home game against Wymondham, who have also won two out of two.

Lowestoft & Yarmouth, who have lost both their games, visit Ely.

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