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Beccles look to match best finish

PUBLISHED: 11:56 11 April 2008 | UPDATED: 07:20 01 August 2010

Beccles lost their last home league game of the season against local rugby rivals Crusaders.

Despite leading at half-time, Beccles put in a poor performance in the second half to be beaten 18-6.

Beccles lost their last home league game of the season against local rugby rivals Crusaders.

Despite leading at half-time, Beccles put in a poor performance in the second half to be beaten 18-6.

Beccles were first on the score sheet when they won a penalty in the middle of the park. Murray scored the three points.

Crusaders came back with a try when Beccles failed to defend a blind-side break from the scrum.

Beccles began to pressure Crusaders and added another penalty to go into the lead.

And they thought they had extended their advantage when Arnold collected his own chip-through and dived in at the corner. However, the referee ruled it out, claiming a foot had brushed the touchline. This meant the score at half-time was 6-5.

Beccles performed badly in the second half and Crusaders were able to move clear. They scored a try after some poor tackling in the Beccles' backline.

Beccles were struggling in the scrum and line-out and were kept in the game by some good cleaning-up work by Musker McIntyre man of the match David Rix.

The Crusaders' forwards then added another try and a penalty.

Beccles tried to rally late on and put pressure on the Crusaders' line, but could not break through.

Beccles now have one London Four North East game left, away at Campion on Saturday.

If they win, they have a chance of equalling their best-ever finish of sixth.

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