Home defeat for Ipswich against Woodford
London 2 North Ipswich 12 Woodford 35 After a really tough sequence of fixtures that had seen Ipswich play three consecutive away games against teams in the top-half of the table, the Suffolk side had the chance to get back to winning ways, against Woodford, at Humber Doucy Lane.
The reverse fixture in London 2 North, had been a controversial encounter, a 20-18 defeat hinging on the legitimacy of a last-minute conversion charge down that was questioned by Ipswich.
The hosts went into the encounter with high hopes, following their defeats at Cantabrigian, South Woodham Ferrers and Epping Upper Clapton, but the strong wing made for a scrappy opening and it wasn’t until the 16th minute that the first score was recorded.
Following a penalty kick to touch, Woodford secured a driving maul from the resulting line-out and converted the try to take a 7-0 lead.
A dubious Ipswich sin-binning and penalty try followed, before another from close range put Woodford in a commanding and slightly unexpected 21-0 lead after 30 minutes.
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This finally saw Ipswich spring into life and, from 40 metres out, No 8 Chris Blom burst from the base of the scrum, feeding to the winger Jermaine Watson who finished well from 25 metres out.
Unfortunately the conversion into the gusty wind was missed and just before half-term, the Woodford centre ran though a static defence for another converted try, giving the visitors a 28-5 half-time lead.
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Ipswich needed a good start and following good ball retention and support play they advanced upfield and winger Thomas finished well at the side of the posts for a try, converted by Potter. The comeback looked on for the home side.
Then, a penalty, sent down into the Woodford 22, was moved quickly, but a misplaced pass was collected by the visitors who cleared the danger and put pressure on the hosts in their 22, scoring the final try of the game, a converted one, to make the score 35-12.
Ipswich had chances after Woodford’s final score, but it wasn’t to be their day and they must look to the final games away at bottom side Campion and the East Anglian derby at home to Norwich to finish the season on a high.