Hosts are too tough

Haverhill1st XV 33, Broadland Great Yarmouth 1st XV 3BROADLAND Great Yarmouth travelled away to Haverhill last weekend, a poor start from the Yarmouth side became increasingly worse as a strong Haverhill side improved their play during the course of the match, to put in three late tries for a convincing win.

Haverhill1st XV 33, Broadland Great Yarmouth 1st XV 3

BROADLAND Great Yarmouth travelled away to Haverhill last weekend, a poor start from the Yarmouth side became increasingly worse as a strong Haverhill side improved their play during the course of the match, to put in three late tries for a convincing win.

Broadland were given a sharp wake up call not long after the whistle as Haverhill progressed into the Broadland 22 metre line despite excellent tackles from Abeysekera Mossie and Ed Dixon, Broadland ran out of defenders as Haverhill crossed to score.

Haverhill continued the pressure but Broadland defence was making the tackles count, with first team debutant Joe Linton making some solid cover tackles. Haverhill attacks were well structured and Broadland continued to hold firm in what was a long sustained period of attack.

Finally Broadland dug themselves out, through the trademark chip a chase from the forever youthful wing Matt Scott. Captain Matt Beckett was leading by example and was constantly on hand to pick up yards in the tight, giving scrum half Simon Ruddick space to launch attacks. Broadland came close but had to settle for a penalty kick from full back Brad Sutherland. Broadland continued with a good passage of play and were moving the ball well with Stacey Ledgerwood and Abeysekera Mossie Making some good ground in the centres. The half would have concluded well, unfortunately a Haverhill break yielded a try late in the half to leave Broadland trailing 12-3.

The second half again saw some good play from Broadland wing Jake Sewell had a good run down the line, and the forwards were working hard to move the ball well. Number eight Adam Towfighi was linking well with hooker George Jarvis in the lineout and Broadland's overall game was coming together. Broadland's rucking was solid and Ryan Gallie, Sam French and Royce Chiddle were providing all the hard graft in tight play. Broadland were awarded a line out 30 meters out, sensing opportunity flanker Asa Morrison, took the quick line out, catching Haverhill unaware, wing Matt Scott squeezed up the side line into open field, only to be called back for just clipping the line with his foot, whilst evading a tackle. Broadland brought on two replacements to the pack in James Fogg and Andy Hewitt, and Broadland attacking flurries continued, with the game still close with 15 minutes to go Broadland over committed, Haverhill capitalised with a converted try, Broadland brought on Tristan Barber to add some fresh legs to the wing and attempted to open play up. Haverhill however stepped up a gear and another break put in a converted try, followed just before the end of the game with a try from the Haverhill hooker in the corner.

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B Sutherland, J Sewell, A Mossie , S Ledgerwood, M Scott, J Linton, S Ruddick, M Beckett (captain), G Jarvis, R Gallie, R Chiddle, S French A Morrison, E Dixon, A Towfighi. Replacements A Hewitt (56) J Fogg (59), T Barber (76).

Pen: Sutherland one of one.

The clubs 25th anniversary dinner will take place on October 25 at 7pm in a marquee adjacent to the clubhouse, tickets are available from The Kings Arms, Northgate Street, Great Yarmouth 01493 843736 or from Kevan (Pug) Pywell on 07505139460, tickets cost £30 per person which includes guest speakers, dinner and dancing till late. For further details visit the newly upgraded website

Tomorrow there is also an open invitation to all former players and members to return to the club for a reunion barbeque, the clubhouse will open at 2pm, anyone who has been involved with the club over the last quarter of a century is very welcome to attend as is anyone interested in becoming involved in rugby in Great Yarmouth as a player or supporter. Any former players/members who have any photos on disk are asked if they could be brought to the reunion, and placed on the website, older team photos from the clubs early years are particularly needed.

The club is also pleased to announce that the new style replica playing shirts, and other club training and leisure attire (in junior and adult sizes) is now available from David Mobbs Sports, 7 Regent Street Great Yarmouth, for further details contact Mobbs on 01493 855714 or email

Youth and Mini Rugby

Broadland Great Yarmouth's Youth Rugby is hosting a parents breakfast on November 2, full English breakfasts will cost £5 and be available form 10.30am in the clubhouse. The youth section general meeting will take place at 12.15pm. Youth training takes place Sunday mornings from 10am till 12noon on Sunday's at Cobholm playing fields just off the A12 between the Gapton Hall roundabout and Breydon Bridge

Broadland Great Yarmouth's policy of open access to youth rugby continues as there is no charge for children to attend training and there are no match fees for any players under 17. Children aged five to 16 are welcome to attend and all sessions are taken by qualified coaches.