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Your News South Woodham Ferrers 23 - Beccles 15

SWF welcomed table topping Beccles to Saltcoats park.

And as with previous weeks Woodham had to rearrange their

squad through injuries. Gareth Hoadley moved from hooker

to loose head prop and Sean Slater to tight. Joe Dukelow moved

to scrum half and young Steve Kurslake kept his position at centre

whilst veteran Dan Jones came in at wing.

The game started at a great pace with neither team procrastinating

but willing to move the ball at every opportunity. Beccles open the

scoring with a well worked try from a scrum on the blind side. The

conversion was wide 0-5. Woodham responded but were met by a

well organised defence which limited any space. Beccles extended

their lead with a penalty and could have gone further ahead but for

the referee calling back a certain try for a forward pass. With Woodham's

line out functioning well and the pack playing with far more determination

it was not long before the pressure provided points, duly converted by

Adam Brown, back from his jaunt in the Orient. 3-8. Neither team could

add to the score board before half time even though both teams were

playing a high tempo and expansive game.

Half time 3-8.

SWF started the second half with great passion and began to dominate

both territory and possession and eventually were rewarded 3 points from

the boot of Adam Brown. 6-8. Woodham moved straight back on the attack

and had Beccles defending tenaciously in their own half for long periods.

From one of these sustained attacks a spilt ball in the visitors 22 was fly

hacked up field. Beccles dangerous full back was first to react and with

blistering pace left the chasing backs in his wake. The conversion under

the posts was good. 6-15. Woodham made tactical changes. Dukelow

moved to full back with Ryan Gateson coming on at 9. Neil Gittos moved

into the pack along with Graham Moore. These changes had an immediate

effect with the full back hitting a superb line and then offloaded to Leon Gateson

to score. Brown's kick was wide. 11-15. Woodham were now in the ascendency

and with winger Duggan making his trade mark bulldozing runs it seemed only

a matter of time before they closed the gap. This arrived after a pressurised

line out on Beccles throw allowed Woodham's forwards to drive to the visitors line,

after a number of phases the ball was moved out Leon Gateson. The centre

this close to the line showed his skill to beat the defenders and score. Brown

missed the kick from out wide. 16-15. Beccles, being promotion contenders

responded and with time running out tried to move the ball out wide. Leon Gateson

reading the move intercepted the pass and sprinted away for his hat trick. Brown

converted. Final score 23-15. A great performance against a good team and with

players returning from injury there is plenty to build on.

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