Woodbridge Victorious Against Aldeburgh on Derby Day
Aldeburgh & Thorpeness face unfortunate defeat in inaugural Suffolk Coastal Derby
The day started with both teams pumped and ready for the inaugural Suffolk Coastal Derby but it was Woodbridge who would be first off the mark with a swift try on the left wing from Ollie Bennett after just 3 minutes, easily converted by Woodbridge’s number 10.
Aldeburgh made good ground from the restart but were easily turned over at the ruck and allowing Woodbridge’s Reece Monk to put down again on the wing in the 8th, 10 converts.
A third try in 15 minutes for Woodbridge this time from Jack Scott-Dougal and once more converted.
Aldeburgh rallied at the restart and started pressing into the Woodbridge 22 when Chris Berry is taken injured allowing Kristian Curling a chance for a run out. The Greens looked strong in the scrum and some good pressure in the Woodbridge 5 led to a Freddie Burgess try in the 23rd converted by Damian Robertson.
Woodbridge replied with a very swift try from Reece Monk this time no conversion.
Some grit and determination from Aldeburgh led to a Matt Deane try just under the posts in the 33rd; maintaining his title as lead try scorer, unfortunately unconverted by Robertson.
Just before the half way mark, Aldeburgh’s defence was again tested and fell short as Reece Monk picked up his hat-trick in the 35th, 10 was unable to convert.
Just 1 minute after the brake the home fans were celebrating again this time for Ben Herbert but once again the score went unconverted.
Another injury from Aldeburgh saw Freddie Burgess off for Michael Dearing but even with this fresh blood there was nothing that could be done to stop Jez Hannon feeding Ben Herbert for his second in the 50th – no conversion from 10.
In the final quarter, Woodbridge made all three of their changes and more trys was their reward with Richard Hazelton putting one down from a maul in the 64th but once again the kick was wide.