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Dolphins cruise to another win

PUBLISHED: 16:54 22 October 2009 | UPDATED: 08:44 01 August 2010

Beccles Dolphins 29, Low &Yarmouth II 0

BECCLES Dolphins continued their unbeaten form this season with an impressive win over a physical Lowestoft and Yarmouth outfit.

Beccles Dolphins 29, Low &Yarmouth II 0

BECCLES Dolphins continued their unbeaten form this season with an impressive win over a physical Lowestoft and Yarmouth outfit.

From the off, both teams started strongly. Good ball carrying skills Giddings and Hewitt provided a platform for the backs, however they were unable to capitalise due to some strong tackling for L&Y.

The breakthrough came for Beccles when a well-worked maul from a five-metre line-out, gave Pitts the opportunity to crash over.

Beccles continued to dominate but found themselves frustrated due to a number of try-scoring opportunities squandered. Beccles' perseverance paid off however, when a brilliant play between the centres, Calver and Durak, split the defence apart and resulted in Calver scoring under the posts.

The second half started much more promisingly. Beccles started to dominate all set-plays including the scrum, against a much heavier pack.

Fly-half Hawkes distributed the ball well and showed good initiative when kicking. The Beccles dominance soon came to an end when a player was sin-binned for collapsing the maul. For the first time Beccles had to defend on the back foot, but under immense pressure the team did not fold. Woodard and Hadridge helped to keep L&Y at bay during this period. Despite the

one-man deficit, Beccles did not concede.

With the sides even again, Beccles upped their game. Within the L&Y 22, Bloomfield carried well through two tackles and finished well to score.

Again, the centres showed classy running lines and were both rewarded with a try, the first of which Durak and then Calver, who ran half of the pitch to do so. Scotchmer came into the scrum-half position in the final quarter and proved to be useful with some incisive passing. It was apparent by the end of the match that L&Y could not cope with the stamina or the determination of the Beccles side.

White Horse MoM: Hawkes, brilliant all round.

Swaffham U14 24, Beccles U14 17

BECCLES travelled to Swaffham only just able to field a team. Illness and injury having hit the team badly.

This aside, the 15 Beccles players were up for it. The first half saw Beccles as the dominant team. The forwards controlled the scrums and rucked superbly and the backs applied good pressure.

Harvey Woodrow, Gavin Kiernan and John May all enjoyed strong breaks ball carrying, supported well by Connor Shipley and Callum. Harry Balfour again at scum half ensured lots of good clean ball and was busy all game. Beccles put together some good phases to allow Harvey to break through and score the first points of the match, unconverted.

Beccles were soon on the try line again but great defence and some very strong tackling held them out until a penalty was eventually conceded.

A quick tap penalty saw John crash over and get the ball to ground over the try line, Gavin Kiernan converted his kick.

Beccles were 12-0 up at half-time. This really was a game of two halves, Beccles eased the pressure in the second half allowing Swaffham back in the game, good strong runs from the strong and pacey full-back saw them score 17 quick points to turn the game around.

Gavin and Callum linked up well and Callum looked like scoring his first try for the club but a last-ditch tackle caused a knock-on on the try line.

But soon after a poor clearance kick saw Harvey catch and run back to score his second try of the match, unconverted. Everyone was pushing for the win and Swaffham were able to break away to win.

An excellent match and all-round brilliant display by all. MR King MoM: John May.

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