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Broadland-GY two points short

PUBLISHED: 11:36 19 November 2009 | UPDATED: 15:40 03 July 2010

Haverhill 15, Broadland-Great Yarmouth 13

Despite a good performance against the unbeaten league leaders in challenging weather conditions the Great Yarmouth side lost in spite of a final well-orchestrated attack in the dying minutes.

Haverhill 15, Broadland-Great Yarmouth 13

Despite a good performance against the unbeaten league leaders in challenging weather conditions the Great Yarmouth side lost in spite of a final well-orchestrated attack in the dying minutes.

With many of the Broadland forwards misplaced, Haverhill launched an opportunistic attack culminating with a score (converted) under the posts, with less than a minute played.

Broadland were on the scoreboard within a minute as pressure from wing Jared Webster forced a penalty, centre Stacey Ledgerwood neatly putting three points on the board.

Broadland's pressure continued. Drives from Royce Chiddle and Ryan Gallie moved the ball ever closer, Haverhill initially held the line but Broadland No 8 Adam Towfighi found some space at the back of a ruck and drove over to score (unconverted).

Haverhill retook the lead through a short-range penalty. Broadland were using a barrage of long-range kicks from Doggett and Sewell, and Broadland were pinning the home side deep in their own territory.

Scrum-half Simon Ruddick utilised quick ball to send the ball across the field. Broadland re-set and reversed play back, and second row Sam French appeared in the wing position to power through two defenders to score in the corner.

With time set to run out in the first half a loose ball fell to a Haverhill player who broke through to score.

The second half was a far more conservative affair with Broadland changing tactics into the wind. The match became forward dominated.

Broadland brought on wing Liam Howlett and then Kieran Wilkes made his first team debut in the second row.

Broadland really came to life in the last five and were awarded a penalty on the sideline with the referee indicating that would be the last kick of the game Ledgerwood, into the wind, struck the ball well but it drifted across the uprights to be caught and cleared behind the goal line.

Tries: A Towfighi, S French. Con: Doggett 0 of 2. Pen: Ledegerwood 1 of 2.

Team: J Sewell, J Webster, P Buckley, S Ledgerwood, J Payne, J Doggett, S Ruddick, M Beckett (captain), R Bilyard, R Gallie, R Chiddle, S French, A Morrison, E Dixon, A Towfighi. Replacements: L Howlett (58), K Wilkes (66).

Tomorrow Broadland-Great Yarmouth play host to Norwich Union in the Norfolk Cup, kick-off 2.15pm, The clubhouse bar will be open from 1.30pm.

Broadland-GY Tigers 15, Swaffham II XV 5

A GREAT team performance, dominated by forward play, led to a fourth victory from five Merit Table games for the Tigers.

Against the wind the pack, led by Tubbs battled their way upfield, but a solid Swaffham defence made headway very difficult.

The visitors were starved of possession by a tenacious Tiger's defence, led by man of the match and try machine Luke Moorhouse.

The only lapse in defence by the Tigers in the first half led to a try with 10 minutes to go before the turnaround. Running into a strong headwind the Tigers' pack began to run the ball back up the field. Offloading in the tackle Ashley Clarke ensured the momentum wasn't lost, with Richard Ruddick, playing out of position being the beneficiary of a vital try just before the break to put the home side level.

After the break the Tigers played a patient game, steadily advancing up field to set up good field position.

Hawkes, reading the conditions well, slotted a penalty through the middle of the posts for the lead.

The Tigers' second try came as a result of midfield pressure. Ruddick, collecting a brace of tries for the day, pounced on a dropped ball and scurried to the line, converted by Hawkes.

Team: A Riches, G Hawkes, S Tubbs, J Fogg, A Clarke, L Moorhouse, C Calnon, M Camock , R Clarke (captain), P Tucker, J French, D Moorhouse, R Ruddick, T Barber, D Beagrie. Replacements: M Smart (50), D Wardrop (75), J Northern (60).

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