GALLERY: Woodbridge Amazons 10 Romford & Gidea Park 22
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With an unbeaten record this season and away win against Romford under their belt the Amazons started this top-of-the-table clash as favourites.
A substantially changed line-up was evident as Romford started confidently, Jade Hagger at scrum half kicking cross field and their big forwards chasing hungrily to hold territory.
With Amazons retreating, prop Vicky Sullivan charged to the 5m line and quickly recycled for Emma Seinger to score.
The Amazons retaliated with a trade mark run out wide, winger Nic Pettman getting close to the line, but a penalty allowed Romford to clear, turn the attack and test the home defence and Hagger took a penalty three points.
Surprisingly the Amazon pack made some very strong pushes against much heavier opposition but their usually free-running backs were frustrated as Romford were quick to defend, denying them space.
With much of the possession, it was fly half Carmen Vaughan that broke on the wing to suck in too many defenders and offload to Lindsay Whitley who scored.
The home crowd got a glimpse of classic Amazons when Emma Johnson made a diagonal run, recycled to Louise Rickard and then Claire Brickley-Moore who scored.
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Woodbridge challenged from the whistle with their three-quarters shifting the ball fast to the wings, but Romford were determined in defence.
Romford forwards pressure won them a scrum just outside the Amazons 22 from which centre Sam McDonald stole possession, exploited an overlap and scored, helped by some ferocious rucking from Vikki Sullivan.
Again the home team moved ball fast from the set piece, Rickard to winger Beth Clapson through Louise Holmes, who was repeatedly tackled hard in attack by Lindsay Whitley.
Handling errors increased but when Woodbridge finally did get it together, Clapson scored to give the home team some hope.
PHOTOS: SIMON BALLARD