Much to celebrate at Wymondham
WYMONDHAM Rugby Club experienced an unprecedented level of success this weekend. First, the senior side inflicted the first defeat of the season on Canvey Island who conceded their first tries away from home on Saturday when Wymondham first team put them to the sword, winning 17-5.
WYMONDHAM Rugby Club experienced an unprecedented level of success this weekend.
First, the senior side inflicted the first defeat of the season on Canvey Island who conceded their first tries away from home on Saturday when Wymondham first team put them to the sword, winning 17-5.
Sunday saw Wymondham's Mini section take the lion's share of honours at the West Norfolk Mini Rugby Festival when they won the U7, U8, U9, U10 and U11 age group tournaments - the U12 just lost out to the eventual winners Holt.
Not to be outdone, the youth section also had a positive weekend with victories for the U13 and U14 against Ely, U15 against Dereham, U16 against March and finally the U17 were victorious in the Eastern Counties Cup over Woodbridge.
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With all of the Minis and Youth absent from Tuttles Lane anyone visiting would have expected a quiet Sunday but, surprisingly, this was far from the reality.
Wymondham was still packed with minis and youth players who had not travelled to the respective venues, which is a fabulous testament to the community spirit at the club.
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Newcomers are always welcome to go along and join this flourishing club.
This weekend Wymondham first team host Lowestoft and Yarmouth.
Following last weekend's vital victory over unbeaten Canvey Island Wymondham would have hoped to rise up the table.
But with the bottom two also recording wins and the top two losing just two points separate third to 10th Wymondham are still perched perilously close to the bottom.
Once again this weekend's fixture becomes a huge task for the Red and Blacks as they entertain third-placed Lowestoft and Yarmouth.
Lowestoft, many people's favourites for promotion, have surprisingly stuttered, losing two of their five fixtures although they bounced back from defeat at West Norfolk to overwhelm Wisbech last weekend.
Lowestoft are one of the oldest clubs in the area, if not the oldest.
They have experienced rugby at a much higher level in the past - playing in London Two in the Nineties, consequently the two sides have only met four times in the league with Wymondham winning all four.
Fielding one of the biggest packs in London Three NE, L&Y will test the Wymondham eight to the limit but if Jim Kelly is available along with Gareth Clifford, Wymondham's coach Dave Masdin may just decide to move Lee Summers to lock in an effort to match the L&Y powerhouse.
In the backs Stephen Simms looked comfortable wearing 13 partnering Mike Kerridge, although the latter could be back in the pack if Barry O'Sullivan has recovered from the injury sustained at Wisbech.
The seconds are at home in the Norfolk Merit League Division One against Norwich Union with a 3pm kick-off. The thirds are in the Norfolk Merit League Division Two at Swaffham II, also with a 3pm kick-off.
A date for the diary is November 5 when Wymondham Rugby Club opens its gates for their annual fireworks display.
Gates open at 6.30pm with the display starting at 7.30pm.