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Mini Youth Senior
Norwich 12 Southwold 6
Norwich 12 Southwold 6
This try-less and fiercely contested game went beyond the clock with the outcome still in the balance.
Fifteen minutes in, Norwich had another penalty in front of goal, when a Southwold prop slipped the bind on a scrum. Elliott took the points.
Southwold struck back with a close range penalty from Luke Wade, into the wind, to reduce the arrears just before half time.
Having got down into Norwich territory, Southwold then had much the better of the next 15 minutes but with the Norwich defence refusing to yield, the visitors took the sensible option of a kick at goal when it was offered to them for offside and Wade levelled the scores.
With 20 minutes left, Norwich fought their way upfield into the wind and were awarded a scrum penalty in front of the posts which Elliott converted. Shortly afterwards, Southwold had a penalty kick at the posts from wide on the right, but the wind carried it wide.
Norwich then grafted their way back into Southwold’s 22 and applied a lot of pressure to their line, looking quite likely to score, but the visitors held them at bay, albeit illegally, conceding a penalty right in front of the posts, which Elliott kicked.
With a six point lead and the clock running down, it was all about whether the Norwich defence could prevent Southwold scoring a converted try and snatch the victory, as they did last season. Norwich’s cause was not helped when Captain Matt Selby was sent to the bin for a high tackle with three minutes left.
With time up but the ball still live, Southwold pounded away at the Norwich line, with the forwards picking up and driving, but the home defence held firm, gradually pushing them back from their line. Having sucked in the defence, Southwold spotted a chance down the blind side and went for it. The superb Norwich defensive effort still refused to yield and Southwold were tackled into touch to bring the game to an end.
Many thanks to our two mascots who turned out on a horrible day.
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