Beccles eye up rugby title
BECCLES RFC have moved to within one win of securing the London Division 3 North-East title.They battled back from a half-time deficit to win their game at Billericay.
BECCLES RFC have moved to within one win of securing the London Division 3 North-East title.
They battled back from a half-time deficit to win their game at Billericay.
Beccles now have a week off from action. They could win the title without playing if both Canvey Island and Wisbech slip up in their games in hand.
The more likely scenario is that they can take the title the following week when they entertain West Norfolk at Beef Meadow. There is a VP lunch before the game.
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Billericay 5, Beccles 18
Beccles had never won at Billericay and knew they would be in for a tough game, even though Billericay are bottom.
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This was the last game of the season for two of the Beccles regulars this season. Ling is off to play rugby in Australia and Hoffman is going to America. Both have been important players for Beccles this season and will be missed. Ling started on the bench to give his possible replacement Giddings some game time. King came in for the unavailable Paul Wilson.
Beccles played the first half up the steep slope. The big Billericay team started well in the scrum and some solid driving mauls had Beccles going backwards.
Beccles were pinned back in their 22 for long periods. Finally the pressure told and Billericay scored a try from a rolling maul.
Billericay kept the pressure on Beccles but the Beccles pack started to counteract the rolling maul better and did not allow Billericay to score again.
It was a different game in the second half with Beccles keeping Billericay pinned in their own half. Ling replaced Giddings and Tipple replaced King in the pack.
Beccles were soon in front, taking a penalty and sending it wide to the backs. Williamson picked a gap and went through to score. Wade added a good conversion. This was soon followed by a penalty.
Beccles then added another try. A good line break and pass by Musker McIntyre MoM Wade on the halfway line put Williamson through. His pass found Gedney who sprinted in to score. Beccles added one more penalty through Wade for 18-5.
Beccles III 43, Southwold II 24
BECCLES and Southwold enjoyed a competitive game with the hosts started strongly. With the front row of Rix, Moon and Capps-Jenner dominating scrum time, they had good possession.
Tries soon followed with David Pyle going over and Chris Frost showing good pace to score two more.
Southwold began to take the game to Beccles, but strong defence kept them out and turnover ball saw Charlie Hall score.
The Beccles half-backs of Hadridge and Harmer were ticking and gaps were appearing which resulted in further tries for Frost, Bloomfield and Liam Knock who was awarded the Caxton Arms MoM award.
Southwold rallied well towards the end of the game and scored three deserved tries.
This was a good performance from Beccles with notable games from Jack Hatcher, Dan Rix, Aaron Bloomfield and Sam Harmer, who might give the selectors a headache.