Crusaders 17 – Beccles 12
Beccles narrowly lost their only pre-season friendly to Crusaders on Saturday. Beccles put in a good performance but missed a couple of good chances to win the game before going down by 17 – 12.
Beccles fielded a team with a blend of youth and experience. Hinsley, Wilson and Ling have all returned to the setup this season to add much needed experience to the squad. After a season at Southwold Harmer has returned to the team in the centre. It was Gedneys first game as Captain.
Beccles started the game and kept possession well, putting Crusaders on the back foot. They couldn’t break down Crusaders though who started to turn the game round. It was then the turn of Beccles to be on the back foot. Beccles put in some terrific defence on their own line but they were eventually broken down as Crusaders powered over for the first score.
The score stayed this way till half time. Beccles were first on the scoresheet in the second half. Harmer cut through the Crusaders defence to score then added the conversion to go in to the lead.
Crusaders came back at Beccles and forced a try of their own to go back in to the lead. As the game moved in to the last ten minutes they added another to stretch their lead.
Beccles finished the game strongly and could have forced the win. Gedney and Suchy both fumbled the ball when in for a certain try. Eventually Beccles did add another try with Suchy making amends with a touchdown in the corner.
This was a good performance by Beccles. They still have players to come back in to the squad which will mean there is competition for places.
Both teams start their league campaigns on Saturday. The first team travel to Broadland and the second team travel to Norwich 3’s.
We are still looking for players to add to our squad. We welcome players of any experience and ability. Come along to training which is on a Wednesday night (19:30 to 21:00) or call coach Stuart Adams (07795415028) for more information.