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Call to support Beccles in final

PUBLISHED: 11:16 20 March 2009 | UPDATED: 08:04 01 August 2010

Keith Shannon, of Beccles Rugby Club, has called on fans to turn out in force to support the side in Sunday's Woodfordes Norfolk Cup final against Diss on Sunday.

Keith Shannon, of Beccles Rugby Club, has called on fans to turn out in force to support the side in Sunday's Woodfordes Norfolk Cup final against Diss on Sunday.

“It is more than 30 years since a Beccles team lifted the Norfolk KO Cup. It would be magnificent if they were to do so again.

“So, sportsmen and women of Beccles, get down to Beef Meadow on Sunday and support this gallant band,” said Shannon.

Meanwhile, Beccles' promotion hopes took a big blow on Saturday at Canvey Island as a late try saw them win by one point by 15-14.

The game started badly for Beccles and before they had even had a decision go their way they had conceded two unconverted tries to give Canvey a 10-point lead.

Beccles began to battle their way back into the game and put pressure on their opposition. They forced a long-range penalty opposition which was just missed.

As the half neared the end Beccles got on the score sheet. Beccles took a quick penalty on the 22 and the ball was fed wide. The ball found its way to Veasey-Lark who crossed for a try. Wade added a conversion and the half time score was 10-7.

Beccles started the second half well and soon went in to the lead. Geyser carried the ball from a scrum and fed Rowney, who showed good strength to force his way over under the posts. Wade added the conversion and Beccles were in the lead.

Canvey Island, like Beccles, had won seven of their last eight games and stepped up their efforts to keep their run going. The Beccles defence came under more and more pressure.

Hewitt was introduced by Beccles and he put in an excellent performance, stealing line-outs and turning over ball. He was made the Musker McIntyre man-of-the-match.

The game was drawing to the end and Beccles were camped on their own line. Their desperate defence was leading to a number of penalties and Rob Wilson paid the price when he was shown the yellow card.

In the end the Canvey pressure told and they managed to force their way over for a try. The conversion was missed but Beccles only had seconds left and could not retrieve the ball from the kick-off and Canvey cleared to win the game 15-14.

w Beccles host the Norfolk Cup Final on Sunday when they take on Diss. After their impressive win over North Walsham in the semis Beccles hope to repeat the performance against higher league Diss and win this cup for the first time since 1975. The game kicks off at 3pm.

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