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Tough going for L&Y as visitors Basildon collect bonus point victory

PUBLISHED: 11:15 08 March 2017

Action from L&Y versus Basildon at Gunton Park. Pictures by Mick Howes

Action from L&Y versus Basildon at Gunton Park. Pictures by Mick Howes

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In Lowestoft and Yarmouth's penultimate home game of the season, they welcomed Basildon to Gunton Park.

Action from L&Y versus Basildon at Gunton Park. Pictures by Mick Howes.Action from L&Y versus Basildon at Gunton Park. Pictures by Mick Howes.

Despite the home side starting on the backfoot, their defensive work in the first period of play was very strong with Basildon trying to make headway but being knocked back. After being held up over the line, Basildon got a nudge on at the scrum which saw a pushover try.

L&Y hit back with some positive play but mistakes from both sides meant it was hard for either side to get much of a foothold in the first quarter. Basildon were starting to get a slight upper hand when they worked some space and an overlap down the left wing to go over in the corner.

That score gave Basildon confidence and they came back with a series of attacks but L&Y held out well. A yellow card for a high tackle reduced the home side to 15 men for 10 minutes and Basildon immediately took advantage, scoring a few passages of play later to take the score to 17-0.

Lowestoft & Yarmouth started to put some phases of play together and won a series of turnovers and penalties in the Basildon half. Tom Dare took the three points for L&Y to go in a half 17-3 down.

Action from L&Y versus Basildon at Gunton Park. Pictures by Mick Howes.Action from L&Y versus Basildon at Gunton Park. Pictures by Mick Howes.

The second half started brightly for L&Y but Basildon’s forwards got on the front foot and scored their bonus point try seven minutes into the second half after some strong running. Shortly after, another unforced error after some good defensive work gifted Basildon their fifth try to all but seal the game.

The home side rallied and attacking possession, with some good runs from Ben Thompson and Ethan Harrowven getting them on the front foot but as with the first half some unfortunate mistakes stalled some promising attacking positions.

Basildon secured their final try late on in the game to record a 34-3, bonus point win.

Lowestoft & Yarmouth 2nds secured their third win in a row after a tightly-fought win against Lakenham Hewett. Tries from Rory Baker and Sam Dilly, converted by Chris Mason, and a winning penalty 12 minutes from time from Mason secured the 17-15 win and in doing so, saw them overtake Beccles 2nds on points difference in Eastern Counties North Three.

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