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Tough test for Wymondham

PUBLISHED: 16:55 11 March 2010 | UPDATED: 15:20 14 July 2010

Just four fixtures remain in this season's league programme for Wymondham Rugby Club - but there can be fewer tougher ones than the next game.

For on Saturday they are hosting a team that is on the edge of winning its second promotion in as many seasons.

Just four fixtures remain in this season's league programme for Wymondham Rugby Club - but there can be fewer tougher ones than the next game.

For on Saturday they are hosting a team that is on the edge of winning its second promotion in as many seasons.

Wisbech, currently third in the table, have been edging into a promotion spot after hitting a purple patch since Christmas.

Wymondham 20, South Woodham Ferrers 35

WYMONDHAM failed to hold on to their unbeaten home run, losing to South Woodham Ferrers on Saturday by five tries to three.

The difference was largely down to Woodham's ability to counter attack and finish whilst Wymondham failed to stick to their game plan, kicking possession away far too often.

Wymondham had a torrid first 40 minutes, despite taking the lead with a James Wyatt penalty and clearly holding the upper hand up front.

Unfortunately, the inability to keep the game tight handed the half to Woodham who scored three terrific tries on the counter-attack, first Leon Gateson, Joe Dukelow and then 'Digger' Duggan, all converted by Nick Kilbey.

An injury early on to skipper Andrew Nelson didn't help but Kirk Vincent stepped in to have another inspired performance, scoring two tries.

Wymondham's indiscipline though was a cause for concern, luckily Kilbey failed to convert four simple penalty chances.

Additionally, had not Ian Harris and Stephen Simms made try-saving tackles the half-time score could have been approaching 50.

If Wymondham had failed to play their game plan in the first half, they certainly tried to do so in the second and from a catch and drive Kirk Vincent crashed over, with Wyatt converting.

From the re-start Woodham capitalised on more errors by the hosts, creating a three-on- one overlap that gave Dave Bull the easiest of scores, once again converted by Kilbey.

Try as they might, Wymondham couldn't convert their own chances until a great back-row move between Mike Rout and Chris Brown saw Brown score in the corner but Wyatt failed to convert.

Once again it was a case of two steps forward and three backwards because from the re-start Gateson delivered a killer blow, bursting through to score his second with Kilbey converting.

Wymondham though had final say as Vincent scored his third try in two weeks.

This was not enough to beat a classy Woodham side, but with just four fixtures remaining Wymondham are two points away from improving on last season's effort.

They still need to be cautious, however, because six sides are now battling to avoid the third relegation slot with Dagenham and Billericay favourites for the other two.

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