Southwold defy the wind to stay top and win sixth game in a row
London 3 Eastern Counties Southwold 39 Ely 15 The remains of Storm Brian tried but failed to stop Wold claiming their six win in a row, writes David Vaughan.
The home side kept the ball moving from side to side, in phase after phase, despite the ridiculously strong wind in their faces, and eventually skipper James Hall went in under the posts for the first try of the game on four minutes.
Five minutes later Ely narrowed the score with a wind assisted penalty from the half-way line, but Wold simply kept possession and were constantly moving the ball well and making the hard yards up the pitch.
Their efforts were rewarded on the 25 minute mark when Phil Pymer broke the Ely line and fed Cemil Duruk, who cruised in for their second try on the left and a 10-3 lead.
From the kick off Ely forced a scrum, won good ball and caught Wold asleep down the blindside and with the conversion good the scores were level at 10-10.
Wold’s third try came five minutes before half-time as Dominic Hill powered over wide on the right hand side, making it 15-10 at the break.
In the second half, second row Joe Block, out on the wing, raced in for Wold’s fourth in the right hand corner to make it 20-10.
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Jon Utting went over next as Southwold extended to a 25-10 lead.
Only three minutes later it was 32-10 when Matt Howell burst down the left wing and eventually Ritchie Thickett scored wide on the left but this time Jon Utting’s conversion attempt was good for the additional two points with help from Storm Brian.
After ten minutes of mainly Ely possession Wold’s line-out on the 22 was well won and scrum half Patrick Stevens picked up the ball, saw a gap and simply raced in for a fine individual try.
It was against the run of play but another fine Utting conversion from wide saw the score move to 39-10.
Three minutes from time Ely did get their reward for all their pick and go possession when they scored the last try and points of the game wide on the left to make it 39-15 at the final whistle
Wold now travel to second place Stowmarket this Saturday, but hopefully the niggles will heal in time for what should be a cracking match up between two unbeaten table-topping sides.