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1st XV - Match centre

Southwold
Crusaders
Sat 13 Jan 14:00 - Eastern Counties Greene King League - London Division Three (Eastern Counties) Full time

Young Wold Just Too Good For The Experienced Crusaders

Southwold 62 - 17 Crusaders

By David Vaughan

This was a clear battle between the exuberant youth and pace of Wold and the canny experience of the older and bigger Crusader team, who despite the score line, put Wold under great pressure several times in the game. The spoiling and slowing down tactics of the Crusaders forwards made the game a little dull at times but they were the right tactics for them on the day and it is Wold who have to learn how to overcome more efficiently those clever tricks of the trade as and when the situation demands. That said this was still a pretty powerful performance from Wold who but for some handling errors could have won by a considerably greater margin.
It was Crusaders who silenced the watching Wold spectators by opening the scoring after only five minutes when having got behind the Wold 22 line they refused to relinquish the ball and drive after drive was in the end duly rewarded with a great try out to the left hand side but just too far out for the conversion attempt.
Wold looked a little stunned but began to dominate play from that point onwards and only a few minutes later James barton made a gbreat individual break through the middle of the Crusader back line from blindside wing and Sherard Block was backing up to race in under the posts . The easy conversion made it 7 - 5 in Wolds favour
After a quarter of an hour Crusaders lost possession on their right flank and suddenly Cemil Duruk gathered the ball and raced down the touchline for a great individual try. Too wide for the extra two points but a seven point lead to Wold. Five minutes later James Hall picked up at the back of a strong Wold scrum and raced away towards the corner eventually feeding James Barton on the wing for a try in the opposite corner to the previous one but this time Ben Felton's kick was good and it was 19 - 5 to Wold
Almost straight from the kick off Crusaders were awarded a penalty, kicked for the corner, duly won the lineout and the ball was spun down their back line. A combination of a great attacking running line and some terrible Wold defence saw a great try under the Wold posts and the Wold lead reduced to just seven points after the easy conversion.
With half time approaching it was Wold's turn to win great lineout ball and the eight man drive that followed got Wold nearly up the opposition line. Two more individual drives followed without success but then the ball was fed inside to James Barton who danced and wriggled his way to the line and scored with an outstretched arm as he was tackled. It was now 24 - 19 to Wold with the kick narrowly missed looking like the halftime score line but Wold had other ideas with James Hall catching the ball from the restart and he raced forwards feeding Jon Utting who sprinted and sidestepped twenty metres before feeding Jacob English who again sidestepped his way down the left hand flank to score by the flag. Ben Felton beautifully slotted over from wide making the score 31 - 12 on the half time whistle
Eight minutes in to the second half Wold were at it again, camped in the Crusaders 22, passing and keeping possession from ruck after ruck when young Milo Cawkwell cut a great line and simply ran through under the posts to score. Two starts and two tries for Milo Cawkwell in his first two weeks and Ben Felton added the two points and the lead increased to 38 - 12
Wold then pulled completely away with two tries in under a minute. The first came when Sammy Harmer raced after a Ben Felton grubber kick to score wide on the right and the second came from the restart with James Barton sprinting clear, feeding Milo Cawkwell who could have touched down himself but fed the ball on to skipper James Hall to score under the posts. Ben Felton obliged with both kicks and Wold were now out of sight at 52 - 12 with still another ten minutes on the clock
Crusaders who could have folded battled their way back up the pitch and their forwards refused to give up the ball, and drive after drive saw their well deserved and best try under the posts to narrow the score by seven points
Back up the other end went Wold and Jon Utting chased down a Ben Felton chip right to the try line, won the ball and popped up a pass to Sammy Harmer who only then had to put the ball down to score. The kick was narrowly missed and it was Jon Utting again with two minutes to go who broke the Crusader defensive line and sprinted away to feed James Barton who was just too quick for the opposition and ran round the outside for the final try of the game in the corner. No conversion but five more points and a final score of 62 - 17 to Wold in what was a pretty comprehensive win. Crusaders had battled well and perhaps deserved more from the game but their is no substitute for pace, no matter how clever or strong you are.

MOM James Barton for his three tries with special mentions for Milo Cawkwell and Jon Utting who also had fine games

1st v Crusaders 13.1.18
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SPECIAL NOTE Great also to see Gavin Starks back in a Southwold shirt along with Sammy, " two tries " Harmer, both back from Beccles, who came on as subs

Arn the Wold !!!

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1st v Crusaders 13.1.18
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