Southwold bounce back with fine win – and not one point from the boot!

Matt Howell charges through for Southwold against West Norfolk on Saturday. Photo: Linda Cayley

Matt Howell charges through for Southwold against West Norfolk on Saturday. Photo: Linda Cayley - Credit: Archant

Southwold 35 West Norfolk 3

The score line is quite impressive but what it doesen’t say is that Wold achieved this bonus point win with 12 of their regular first team squad not available and incredibly without a single point being scored from a boot.

The less said about the kicking the better with no regular kicker available, but after last week’s disappointment at Stowmarket, this performance was what coach Seb Anthony has asked for.

Wold’s first try could not have been simpler with prop Adam Smith catching the ball at the front of a line-out and forcing his way over the line after five minutes for a five-point lead. Five minutes later West Norfolk reduced the lead to two points with a well taken penalty after the Wold backs were given offside at a ruck

Wold themselves got a penalty at the end of the first quarter but kicked for territory in the corner, duly won their own line-out and drove over strongly for Jonny Mayall to score the first of his two tries.


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The next try came on the 25 minute mark when Adam Smith ripped the ball out of a West Norfolk player’s hands and made good ground before popping a pass to Matt Howell, who scored. Sam Webb scored another try and the last ten minutes of the first half belonged to Jacob English at full back who scored a try before producing two try-saving tackles.

The second half saw two further tries from Wold, the first on 65 minutes when in a carbon copy of his first half try Mayall went over from another line-out.

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Callum Easton was given a place on the 1st XV bench.

He came on to the pitch for his debut with about ten minutes to go. West Norfolk were penalised for a deliberate knock on and with some quick thinking Tim O’Connell took the penalty straight away charging off to the right and with the whole team going with him it was Easton who scored a try in his first game.

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