Twickenham is rugby team's aim

Next test for Lowestoft & Yarmouth is their much postponed Junior Vase game at Wisbech with L&Y making the trip for one of their most important games in many years.

Next test for Lowestoft & Yarmouth is their much postponed Junior Vase game at Wisbech with L&Y making the trip for one of their most important games in many years.

They'll be aiming to emulate Lowestoft Town's football team and make it into a quarter-finals of a national competition, and get on the road to Twickenham.

Although winning the league is vitally important to the club, a trip to headquarters would be unforgettable to the players.

The cup run has already caused havoc with the fixture schedule, shunting Newmarket and Wisbech away games to the end of the season, and the next round will only cause more disruption as the quarter-final will be played on the outskirts of Birmingham against either Harbury or Redditch.

That shouldn't deter Nelson and his squad from putting in their best efforts this week.

Lowestoft & Yarmouth 71, Thurston 5

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POOR Thurston have struggled with away form all season and then they ran into the rampant league leaders in imperious form.

Despite only an eight-point margin in their previous encounter, this game was totally one-sided as L&Y's power running proved too much for their young visitors.

After a late decision to postpone the already rescheduled EDF Junior Vase game against Wisbech, L&Y were grateful to get a game at all.

In the event, they scored seven tries in the first half to kill off the contest then added another four in the second period, eight in total being converted by scrum-half Russ Chapman. Scott Nelson got the try tally rolling by finishing off a passage of play heavily involving hooker Shaun Woodhouse and big winger Matt Howell.

No 8 Marc Thomas got the second with a trademark charge from the base of a 5m scrum, before Chapman collected Thomas' pass from a scrum and raced 65 metres down the touchline for the third try.

Wayne Nixon returned from injury keen to work off some aggression and he had an excellent all-round game, dominating the left side of the scrummage and noticeable in the loose. He ceded man-of-the-match status to fellow prop Jake Titterington whose improved scrummaging, along with his barnstorming runs, created the platform for L&Y to cut loose.

Fly-half Nelson got his second try by cutting through to the right of a scrum in the Thurston 22. Thurston hit back when their left winger scorched over on the blind side of a 5m scrum, but L&Y took total control with further tries from Thomas, flanker Chris Howe and right-wing Kristan Taylor Crisp, the latter two influenced by some neat play from full-back Brad Sutherland.

Woodhouse and Titterington were making huge inroads into the Thurston defence, but it took a while for Lowestoft and Yarmouth to score after the break.

With Simon Coleman and Tim Fenn ruling the roost at line-out time, Thurston still could not gain any quality possession.

Eventually, centre Myles McAlone cut a lovely angle to the line off a Nelson pass, then veteran flanker Ben McElroy beat several tackles to force his way over.

With Thurston's defensive legs tiring, Nelson took full advantage and added the final two scores from open field breaks, cutting through the back line almost at will.