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Wymondham Wasps follow big cup win with hard-fought league success

PUBLISHED: 19:22 24 October 2017

Libby Lockwood wrongfoots a Lichfield defender to break and score Wasps' first try. Picture: Charlotte Hammond

Libby Lockwood wrongfoots a Lichfield defender to break and score Wasps' first try. Picture: Charlotte Hammond

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Wymondham Wasps hit the road again at the weekend, their journey taking them north of Birmingham to take on Lichfield Ladies, and came away with an exciting 22-20 win.

Libby Lockwood opened the scoring for Wasps with her trademark strong running, Steph Hanratty stepping in to convert her try.

Captain Katie Allcock quickly added to the Wasps’ tally, powering through five Lichfield players to find the try line.

Lichfield’s only reponse was an unconverted try before a dominant scrum led to Sophia John picking and going to smash through the defence for Wasps’ third try.

Lichfield came out for the second half with a new lease of life and scored two tries and with the score now at 15-17, continued to pile pressure on the Wasps’ defence. Maria Carpenter, back from a facial injury, gave Wasps a bit of breathing space with a try.

However, with a minute left on the clock Lichfield scored again, just needing the conversion to break Wymondham hearts and draw level. Fortunately for Wasps they missed with the full-time whistle following shortly afterwards.

The weekend before Waspd made progress in the Intermediate Cup when they beat Harwich & Dovercourt Owls 41-10 at home.

Lockwood opened the scoring for the home side, with Owls soon striking back with an uncoverted try from stand-out player Mimi Montgomery. Stand-in 10 Becca Mooney soon settled into her kicking role, helping Wasps to withstand more pressure.

From this point Wasps began to dominate, making the most of the beautiful conditions to bring their backs into play. Quick backs’ hands, swinging the ball rapidly out to the left, saw full back Steph Hanratty score on her Wasps debut. converted by Mooney.

Some massive hits and surging runs by Wasps’ forward of the match Sophia John helped to keep Owls on the back foot.

Wasps scored the next four tries before Owls were able to find a reply, from Lockwood, Angela Wadman, Jasmine Ellis and Harriet Wells, with Mooney converting twice.

Deep into the second half Owls were able to get their mauling game going, leading to Montgomery scoring again. Wasps finished strong with Wells pouncing on the loose ball to turn over and set Hanratty off for her second try.

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