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Wymondham aim to beat bogey side

PUBLISHED: 16:34 04 February 2010 | UPDATED: 15:16 14 July 2010

Wymondham Rugby Club will play Billericay this weekend in their twice-postponed London Three North-East fixture.

Contingency plans have been put in place to make sure the fixture takes place even if the Tuttles Lane ground is unplayable.

Wymondham Rugby Club will play Billericay this weekend in their twice-postponed London Three North-East fixture.

Contingency plans have been put in place to make sure the fixture takes place even if the Tuttles Lane ground is unplayable.

The club have secured the use of either Gresham's School pitch in north Norfolk or that of Easton College a few miles down the road from Wymondham. Such extreme measures have been necessary to prevent the fixture being played away at Billericay.

Billericay, currently at the foot of the table, are something of a bogey team for Wymondham - two losses last season and one postponement, this season the Red and Blacks had a torrid time in Essex as the Bees recorded a resounding victory, their first of just three wins this season.

Then the return fixture has been postponed on two occasions due to the recent cold weather.

Clearly, Wymondham will want to rid themselves of these gremlins and hope to produce a performance that will silence their critics.

Lowestoft & Yarmouth 29, Wymondham 12

Wymondham put the home side under pressure from the outset unfortunately this was short-lived, with just five minutes on the clock and in their first attack Lowestoft scored. Scott Nelson spotted space behind the defensive line and made an exquisite chip that fell into the arms of Myles MacAlone who rounded the defence to score.

Injury to Pat Reed during the build up brought an early introduction to the match for debutant David Martin who went on to have a solid game and will certainly be in the pot for selection next week.

Ten minutes later, despite some strong defence by the Red and Blacks Lowestoft had doubled their lead with a try from Lewis Davey.

Once again discipline or a difficulty to interpret the referee's intentions was costing Wymondham dearly as the penalty count mounted in the home side's favour but they could not capitalise on this advantage.

Wymondham, against the play, reduced the deficit with a fine opportunist converted try from Tom Wilson.

His kick ahead put Josh Fewkes under pressure and Chris Brown's follow-up forced the full-back to fumble and Wilson pounced.

Five minutes later L&Y's lead was back to 10 points as Nelson scored and Davey converted.

The second half began with L&Y pressurising the Red and Blacks and only a try saving tackle from Martin kept them at bay.

Twenty minutes into the half Wymondham's resolve was finally broken with Chris Howe crashing over to bring L&Y's tally to 22.

Like last week Wymondham responded putting L&Y under intense pressure but the home side defended with some skill however the line was finally breached after a ten minute spell of dogged defence by L&Y when Barry O'Sullivan put Alex Brugger away in the corner for his first try of the season.

There was still time left for Wymondham to get back into the game but some sloppy play on their own goal line allowed L&Y to have the last say as Wymondham tried to play rugby in their own in goal area and Steve Powles pounced on a loose ball to give the home side what seemed an emphatic home victory but Wymondham's first away win cannot be too far away after this display. Leathes Prior MoM: Martyn Dunsdon.

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