Broadland-GY foiled in title decider

Broadland in action (in red) against Swaffham for the league title.

Broadland in action (in red) against Swaffham for the league title. - Credit: Archant

Swaffham 27 Broadland–GY 18

Broadland–GY travelled to Swaffham with a chance of taking the league title if they beat the league leaders by more than eight points.

The Yarmouth side gave it their all, with the lead changing hands several times during the game but Swaffham ended Broadland’s 13- match unbeaten run. The result leaves Broadland in second place, which should guarantee promotion.

Broadland started strong and applied pressure. Stuart Murray had an early drop goal attempt go wide, and a great tackle-breaking run from Peter Gilbey, through the middle created a penalty opportunity expertly taken by Murray, to take an early lead. Broadland kept up the pressure and with a second penalty from Murray were leading 6-0.

Swaffham managed to turn the tide and moved steadily towards Broadland’s 22. Initial good defence held Swaffham back, but finally Swaffham scored in the corner (unconverted). This was followed by a penalty kick.

Broadland began to threaten and Gilbey broke and managed to set Mossie Abeysecera free, down the wing. He broke a tackle to score (unconverted) to give the visitors a narrow 11-8 lead. Swaffham put in a deep kick and the bounce favoured the home side. Ryan Gallie put in a solid tackle, and Swaffham set from the ruck. Broadland were still trying to get back to cover, and the Swaffham centre found some space to squeeze through to score (converted) to retake the lead 15-11.

Broadland worked hard with Kieran Wilkes and Simon Coleman driving out the hard yards and Broadland moved the ball steadily into the Swaffham half. Captain Phil Buckley had a half break and Broadland reset the ruck. Shaun Howley took the ball over the 22-metre line, Jimmy Dwyer carried forward and Broadland had a solid attacking ruck. Scrum half Simon Ruddick saw the blindside unguarded and went quickly, outpacing cover tackles to score a well-taken try in the corner (converted Murray). Broadland held a narrow 18-15 lead at the half.

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Broadland kicked off well and looking for a score, flanker Asa Morrison put in a great tackle in the midfield, suitably followed by a second crunching tackle by fellow flanker Chris Hewitt. Broadland defence was solid and Swaffham were struggling to deal with the pressure as Mason Jerome and Matt Beckett put in further trademark hard tackles.

Broadland gained possession and moved forward through some good running from Tom Jermy and Mark White, but could not convert territory to points. Good kicking from Swaffham kept Broadland in their own half. Broadland kept the ball in hand knowing they needed to score. Abeysecera put in another good run, but Swaffham still managed to clear their lines.

Swaffham pinned Broadland back in the corner of their 22, and Broadland held firm in defence, but were struggling to clear.

As the match moved into the final 10 minutes, Broadland only needed a try to take the league title, but were being forced to take risks from deep in their own half.

Disaster stuck as Broadland had a defensive scrum five metres from their goal line.

Still looking for a try, Broadland were forced to try and build an attack from deep.

Swaffham applied pressure in the scrum, and the ball went loose at the back, and with a favourable bounce into the hands of the Swaffham flanker, who touched down to score (converted).

Time was against Broadland, but then Matt Beckett was shown a yellow and Broadland were reduced to 14.

Swaffham sealed the win on the last play of the afternoon as the number eight picked up at a scrum, exploiting the one man advantage on the blindside to score (unconverted).

Tries : M.Abeysecera, S.Ruddick.

Con : Murray 1 of 2, Pen Murray 2 of 2 DG Murray 0 of 1.

Comm Tech MoM: M.Abeysecera.

Squad: M.Beckett, P.Buckely (capt), J.Dwyer, K.Wilkes, S.Coleman R.Gallie, C.Hewitt, A.Towfighi,S.Ruddick, S. Murray, M.Abeysecera,, S.Howley,P.Gilbey , B.Collings, T.Jermy,

Replacements: M. Jerome (30mins) A.Morrison (40 mins), M.White (45 Mins),