Woodbridge Warriors 16 Ipswich YM 16

Action from Ipswich YM v Woodbridge

Action from Ipswich YM v Woodbridge - Credit: Archant

Ipswich conceded a couple of penalties early on from which Jamie Smith took three points.

Woody Ryan scores for Ipswich YM

Woody Ryan scores for Ipswich YM - Credit: Archant

YM reacted sharply with Carlton Ford, making a signature dash down the line to the Warrior 22 forcing an offside penalty that was missed.

Ipswich YM's Olly Howard

Ipswich YM's Olly Howard - Credit: Archant

YM’s left wing then took up the challenge, sprinting again and giving the forwards a first serious ruck. The long kick turned the tables as YM found a touch to give Woodbridge an attacking line-out but a bent throw and lost scrum pushed them back up the pitch and winger Woody Ryan scored.

Woodbridge's Neil Scopes battles through against Ipswich YM

Woodbridge's Neil Scopes battles through against Ipswich YM - Credit: Archant

Clearly keen to kick their hosts back all day, YM put Warrior full-back Jamie Smith under pressure but the ensuing scrum yielded a penalty for the home team as the front rows struggled to agree on a comfortable binding.

Woodbridge's Connor O'Reilly scores a try against Ipswich YM

Woodbridge's Connor O'Reilly scores a try against Ipswich YM - Credit: Archant

A penalty gave Woodbridge another three points but YM maintained the balance of pressure, Ben Cope, Neil Scopes and Gwyn Church tackling hard.

Carlton Ford scores for YM

Carlton Ford scores for YM - Credit: Archant

Eventually Woodbridge’s Jono Cooke put in a strong drive to gain valuable metres. PJ Hart shifted the ball wide through good hands to Connor O’Reilly who scored a try that involved virtually every Warrior.

A near miss by Tom Stokes followed as both sides showed flair but failed to score points, before Jamie Smith scored a penalty.

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Some more darting runs from winger Woody Ryan and fast line-speed forced Woodbridge back and when the ball quickly switched side it was Ford who battled along the left touchline to score.

Both sides then upped the intensity as Harry Crush took a penalty from sustained pressure deep in the Warrior half to reduce the deficit to three.

Some spirited club rugby followed as both sides smothered each other’s possession, desperate to score but not concede.

Connor O’Reilly set home hearts racing as he sprinted free only to be denied on the 5m line.

Moments later it was YM’s Olly Howard who intercepted and bounded for the Woodbridge line before another last-ditch tackle.

Ipswich ratcheted up the pitch as the clock wound down and, with both sides at 14 men, Crush took another three points to level the scores.

PHOTOS: Simon Ballard

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