Thetford emerge victorious after tough game against strugglers

Line-out action from Saturday's match between Lowestoft & Yarmouth and Thetford. Picture: Alan Walke

Line-out action from Saturday's match between Lowestoft & Yarmouth and Thetford. Picture: Alan Walker Photography - Credit: Archant

Thetford made it five wins out of six in London Three Eastern Counties with a hard-fought 38-17 win at bottom team Lowestoft & Yarmouth.

Knowing the danger a good underdog can present Thetford did not take their opponents lightly and this was just as well as a quick glance across the park showed some sizeable new recruits.

Thetford played their usual expansive game and were rewarded as Rob Duchesne took a quick penalty in his own 22 and ran all the way to the try line.

L&Y, with were playing a forward orientated game, hit back when their big No 8 barged his way over and went ahead after putting the ball through the hands on the short side from a scrum five metres out.

After some time in their own half Thetford were awarded a scrum inside L&Y territory and with a step and a hand off Will Martin got through the defence and got his side back into the lead. The centre partnership of Martin and Clark were now punching holes in the defence and Martin almost scored again, only to be pulled down just short. The ball was quickly recycled and spread wide for Ryan Gardiner to score to make it 19-10 to Thetford at the break.

The visitors were able to assert their dominance at the scrum and in open play as the second period got under way and scored after Martin had kicked deep into the L&Y half. The line-out was won by the impressive Jason Lumbard and brought down for a maul and the returning Rob Hirsch at the back controlled the ball and broke off to score. Thetford added another try moments later as Duchesne took another quick penalty, all bar the fullback were caught napping and Jason Post was on hand to finish the try off.

L&Y responded after ill-discipline saw Thetford reduced to 13 and the hosts to 14. They opted for a scrummage and although a valiant drive from new second row Mark Laws drove them back the rampaging No 8 broke off and carried three defenders over to score. Tempers frayed again but Post ended the game with another try out wide after a strong scrummage led by Abraham Barnes.

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