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1st XV - Match centre

Ely
Southwold
Sat 3 Feb 14:30 - Eastern Counties Greene King League - London Division Three (Eastern Counties) Full time

Last Gasp Ely Try Sees Wold Drop Vital Points In Title Race

Wold's Discpline Lets Them Down As Ely Take The Points

Written By David Vaughan.

At the end of the game it was the home side Ely that were celebrating a last minute try and conversion that gave them the game and four vital points in the race for promotion and Wold who had been in front since the 35th minute could hardly believe what had just happened, but all credit to Ely who were strong and determined right up until that final score
It was a hard pill to swallow for Wold who had seemingly done enough to win this gruelling encounter despite suffering from the award of two yellow cards and some quite unexplainable refereeing decisions, which to be fair could not be understood by anybody watching from either set of supporters
Ely were awarded a penalty in the tenth minute, and kicked for the corner and a lineout, but even when writing this report the reason for the penalty is not known and remains a mystery. Ely won the ball from the resulting lineout and the cleverly disguised throw to the front led to a great try in the corner after Wold were caught napping, and the conversion was missed.
The score remained the same until Ely were penalised for coming in from the side and Sammy Harmer popped the ball over to narrow the score to 5 - 3
Five minutes later when for all the world it looked as though the Ely player was holding on to the ball too long on the ground, Ely were awarded another penalty in front of the Wold posts and with the kick at goal good the score moved to 8 - 3 to the home team
Five minutes from half time Ely shifted the ball down their back line and Sammy harmer made a great tackle on the centre and as the centre tried to pass the ball out to his team mate, Jacob English anticipated the pass and intercepted to sprint away up the field and score under the Ely posts. Sammy Harmer duly converted and Wold took the lead at 8 - 10, and just before the half time whistle Sammy Harmer slotted another penalty kick to increase Wold's lead to five points at the break
The start of the second half saw Wold pile on the pressure for ten minutes but despite the territory they gained they could not turn that pressure in to serious points and came away with only another three points from yet another Sammy Harmer penalty.
The 8-16 lead was to prove too little and in the 55th minute Ely were awarded a penalty and kicked for the corner. Chris Aldous was serving ten minutes in the sin bin for a high tackle, and the man short proved too much for Wold. Ely won good lineout ball and drove and drove at the Wold forwards until they eventually scored a well deserved try in the corner but the conversion was missed from wide out on the right.
It was now a three point game and with Chris Aldous back on the pitch it seemed Wold would stay strong for the win, but a second yellow card for Milo Cawkwell for handling on the ground, again saw Ely with a man advantage.
The clock ticked over on to the 80th minute and Ely were awarded another penalty and again kicked for the corner and in what was almost a carbon copy of their 55th minute try. They won good ball in the line, drove and drove at the Wold pack and eventually scored another well deserved try. This time the kick was good and Ely had nicked the game at the death 20 - 16
We will never know if the yellow cards made a difference or not but both were deserved and Wold may well rue their poor discipline come the race for promotion at the end of the season
Stowmarket beat Crusaders 37 - 20 at home and that bonus point win sees Wold trail them by only four points as Wold gained a losing bonus point.
Wold will now have to beat Stowmarket at home on the 17th February to really stay in the race for the league title. A win would put them back on level terms and a bonus point win would put them a mere point in front assuming Stow don't gain a losing bonus point
It couldn't be closer so what a game that will be.


MOM Sherard Block for a great all round display in the back row

Arn the Wold !!!

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2. Stowmarket 20 91
3. Ely 20 80
4. Thetford 20 65
5. Holt 20 63
6. Wymondham 20 38
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