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Southwold put Thetford to the sword as title battle goes on

Zak Loader scores for Southwold in their 50-3 win over Thetford. Picture: LINDA CAYLEY

Zak Loader scores for Southwold in their 50-3 win over Thetford. Picture: LINDA CAYLEY


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Southwold 50

Thetford 3

Thetford put the first points on the board after only a minute when Wold were penalised for holding on to the ball in the tackle, and as the kick sailed over from nearly 40 metres it seemed a real battle was in the offing, writes David Vaughan.

Zak Loader scored a brace of tries for Southwold. Picture: LINDA CAYLEYZak Loader scored a brace of tries for Southwold. Picture: LINDA CAYLEY

After soaking up more early pressure, Southwold came storming back, with the pack driving Zak Loader over the line for their first try and a 5-3 lead.

Loader added another try five minutes later in similar fashion, this time converted, and it was 12-3.

Josh Wallis then finished a fine move to make it 17-3 at the break.

If the result of this game remained in doubt at the end of the first half, there was no doubt by six minutes in to the second half as Wold scored two more tries.

Jonathan Utting on his way to a score for Southwold. Picture: LINDA CAYLEYJonathan Utting on his way to a score for Southwold. Picture: LINDA CAYLEY

The first, and bonus point try, came straight from the kick-off when skipper James Hall eventually collected the ball nearly on the halfway line and simply raced away to score in the left corner.

Again the conversion was narrowly missed from wide but soon Wold were scoring again when Dom Hill broke away and fed Jobe Brooks to score on the right of the posts and this time the conversion was good to make it 29-3.

Two tries then followed from Jonathan Utting, who had a great game at full back.

It was now 43-3 to Wold with about 15 minutes to go, but that was not the end of the Wold scoring as ten minutes from time James Barton, who was back to his best, sprinted through the Thetford defence to score under the posts and Wold had another seven points.

The score of 50-3 remained until the final whistle which was gratefully received by the players, the referee and crowd alike as the rain, wind and cold temperatures took their toll!

This was a good all-round Wold performance who kept pace with Stowmarket at the top of the league, following Stow’s commanding bonus point win at Newmarket.

It means the league title is still totally in the balance. Ely in third spot are very much in the hunt, and they travel to Stowmarket next Saturday, for what should be a real battle. Wold travel to West Norfolk the same day.

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