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Southwold win to stay top of the table

PUBLISHED: 14:48 08 January 2018 | UPDATED: 14:48 08 January 2018

Callum Anthony was in inspired form for Southwold. Picture: LINDA CAYLEY

Callum Anthony was in inspired form for Southwold. Picture: LINDA CAYLEY

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Wymondham 7

Southwold 26

Southwold kept touch with Stowmarket at the top of the league with a confident win on the road in Norfolk, writes David Vaughan.

James Hall touches down for Southwold. Picture: LINDA CAYLEY James Hall touches down for Southwold. Picture: LINDA CAYLEY

Wymondham had barely touched the ball before they conceded the first try 14 minutes in to the game, ‘Wold skipper James Hall sprinting in to score. The conversion made it 7-0.

The Suffolk side looked most likely to score next, but the Wymondham winger took advantage of an error to race down the pitch for a great individual try to level matters.

On the half hour ‘Wold won good ball from a scrum and Callum Anthony popped a beautiful kick over the Wymondham line which James Barton sprinted on to and caught to score under the posts. With Wallis again easily taking the extra two points, it was 14-7 in Wold’s favour.

It took almost until half-time and another touch of brilliance from Anthony for them to add to their score.

Another great kick over the Wymondham line this time saw Ollie Carlstrom catch the ball on the full and he sprinted 20-metres before he off-loaded back to Anthony, who sprinted in under the posts for another great try. Wallis again added the extras and it was 21-7 at the break.

The second half was more of a dire affair with the heavy pitch and wet conditions gradually taking a heavy toll on both sides, as the game became a bit of an error strewn brawl, but it must be said ‘Wold were always on top and it was only a question of time before the fourth try came along, bringing with it the bonus point.

And what a good try it was, this time from the forwards. ‘Wold were camped ten metres from the Wymondham line right under the posts and there were a great series of pick and go drives before the ball was spun out wide to flanker Jobe Brookes, who crashed forward through the line and then offloaded brilliantly to debutant Miulo Cawkwell to dot down.

Wallis narrowly missed the conversion and the score remained at 26-7 until the final whistle, with five valuable points secured.

The weekend’s results keep Southwold and Stowmarket level on 60 points apiece at the top of the London 3 Eastern Counties table.

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