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Woodbridge Warriors beat Wymondham for first home win of the season

PUBLISHED: 14:24 13 November 2017 | UPDATED: 17:21 13 November 2017

Tom Moseley on the ball for Woodbridge. Photo: Simon Ballard

Tom Moseley on the ball for Woodbridge. Photo: Simon Ballard

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Woodbridge Warriors 43 v Wymondham 12

Woodbridge Warriors beat Wymondham 43-12 to finally record their first home of the season.

Scrum-half Adam Plummer sprinted after the kick-off, charged down the clearance and scored with barely a minute on the clock.

Wymondham responded well as centre Andy MacKay ran the restart back swiftly, forcing the Warriors to defend the first of several lineouts.

Darren Wilson missed a penalty chance, the visitors commanded the first few scrums, but some strong rucking and kicking from fly-half JP Hart and Plummer saw Woodbridge hold firm.

Josh Wright scores for Wymondham. Photo: Simon Ballard Josh Wright scores for Wymondham. Photo: Simon Ballard

Eventually quick ball from a scrum found Hart who thundered 40 metres to increase the host’s lead.

Play stayed central until Woodbridge attacked wide on the left and then assaulted the Wymondham line for Wilson to clear. Both side missed penalties.

The second half started with Wymondham pushing Woodbridge off their own scrum. No.8 David Blake put in a muscular carry with hooker Conor Airdrie and Wilson in support and centre James Hunter scored wide.

Auden Airdrie in action. Photo: Simon Ballard Auden Airdrie in action. Photo: Simon Ballard

Woodbridge were getting stronger in the scrum and won some good ruck ball, but they still had to work hard to get out of their 22 through the efforts of Aldis Salavejs, Ed Banthorpe and Manuel Aroza.

It was Matt Bowman and Dan Knights though that ended up midfield where captain Tom Stokes sent substitute wing Josh Thomas racing through to score.

Wymondham replied with a score from lock Josh Wright following a break by substitute fly-half Charlie Duffin.

Dan Knights in line-out action. Photo: Simon Ballard Dan Knights in line-out action. Photo: Simon Ballard

With the match opening up Woodbridge retained the upper hand, Tim Johnson running a great line, Smith taking it on and Dan Knights, legs pumping, taking the try.

Wymondham mauled back some territory and put some serious pressure on, driving repeatedly until a charge from James Boggan resulted in spilled ball which was run 80 metres for Jamie Smith to score.

The home side were now running freely and interrupted a clearing kick from deep through Hart’s hands to wing Simon Ward to score. Finally it was Salavejs who ran 50m for Stokes to finish a convincing win.

Adam Plummer takes on David Blake. Photo: Simon Ballard Adam Plummer takes on David Blake. Photo: Simon Ballard

Josh Thomas scores for Woodbridge. Photo: Simon Ballard Josh Thomas scores for Woodbridge. Photo: Simon Ballard

Tim Johnson, James Swinbourne and Aldis Salavejs. Photo: Simon Ballard Tim Johnson, James Swinbourne and Aldis Salavejs. Photo: Simon Ballard

James Swinbourne in action. Photo: Simon Ballard James Swinbourne in action. Photo: Simon Ballard

David Blake breaks for Wymondham. Photo: Simon Ballard David Blake breaks for Wymondham. Photo: Simon Ballard

Action from the scrum. Photo: Simon Ballard Action from the scrum. Photo: Simon Ballard

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