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Warriors outlast Southwold in a classic cup clash

PUBLISHED: 14:59 04 December 2017 | UPDATED: 14:59 04 December 2017

Matt Bowman scored for Woodbridge. Picture: SIMON BALLARD

Matt Bowman scored for Woodbridge. Picture: SIMON BALLARD

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Suffolk Chadacre Cup First Round

Woodbridge Warriors 42

Southwold 32

Top of the league Southwold faced mid-table Woodbridge in a cup clash for bragging rights, writes Simon Ballard.

The match started with Southwold conceding penalties and allowing the Warriors too much space.

Repeated infringements allowed Clogg to take three points as the home team attacked repeatedly.

Wold scrum half Chippy Middleditch had to box kick a couple of clearances and centre Cemil Duruk put in some hard tackles as the Warriors started to get penalised, allowing Middleditch to kick a penalty and level the scores.

Southwold's Sherrard Block touches down against Woodbridge. Picture: SIMON BALLARD Southwold's Sherrard Block touches down against Woodbridge. Picture: SIMON BALLARD

Woodbridge renewed the attack, moving line-out ball quickly cross field for Clogg to be denied wide before a penalty saw No 8 Aldis Salavejs charge twice and Matt Bowman score.

But Southwold were straight back into the home 22, exploiting poor handling and winning a penalty from which lock Tim O’Connell scored.

Wold then stole a line out and played several phases in the Woodbridge 22, forcing some well organised defence from Salavejs who nicked the ball and ran 50 metres with Tim Johnson.

Southwold's Chippy Middleditch cleras his lines against Woodbridge. Picture: SIMON BALLARD Southwold's Chippy Middleditch cleras his lines against Woodbridge. Picture: SIMON BALLARD

With the pressure on them Southwold conceded another three points to Clogg and then a further three penalties gave the Warriors an attacking position from which Jeff Buchanan combined with Felix Kibble on the right wing to score.

The league leaders attacked from the restart, and a poor Woodbridge scrum yielded a quick tap for flanker Sherrard Block to score under the posts.

The Warriors bounced back as a rapid move from wing to wing saw Salavejs score after fine carries by Bowman and Norman. Southwold weren’t having any of it and rallied; No8 James Hall battled up field where Duruk punched a hole for Middleditch to set up wing James Barton to touch down.

Woodbridge's Aldis Salavejs rumbles through against Southwold. Picture: SIMON BALLARD Woodbridge's Aldis Salavejs rumbles through against Southwold. Picture: SIMON BALLARD

Down by three at 25-22 with the final whistle looming, Southwold summoned one final effort, forcing a penalty which Middleditch scored to send the match into extra time.

That started with Southwold kicking a penalty to touch and mauling to the line where a penalty try was awarded for collapsing, 32-25 Southwold.

But the Warriors roared back, Bowman and JP Hart scoring tries and Clogg kicking conversions to win a thrilling game.

Woodbridge's Adam Plummer tackles Southwold's Chippy Middleditch. Picture: SIMON BALLARD Woodbridge's Adam Plummer tackles Southwold's Chippy Middleditch. Picture: SIMON BALLARD

Next up this weekend - a rematch in the league!

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