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Ely Tigers take the spoils with home win against Wisbech in London 3 Eastern Counties




Despite being forced into more changes due to injuries, Ely Tigers got back to winning ways 28-8 at home to Wisbech in London 3 Eastern Counties on Saturday to follow defeat at Woodbridge the weekend earlier.

Saturday’s clash saw Ely go into an early lead. After winning the ball at a scrum, the home side quickly moved the ball out to the wing and to Charlie Coupland, who found a gap on the wing to cross the try line and, with Joel Scott Paul missing from the starting line up due to injury, up stepped Jake Alsop to add the conversion.

Coupland went from scorer to provider for the next try, intercepting a pass on the half way line, he raced forward, with Matty Balmer in support, and with ideal timing Coupland set Balmer free to score, again Alsop added the extra points.

RUGBY: Newmarket v Haverhill Picture by Mark Westley. (22581326)
RUGBY: Newmarket v Haverhill Picture by Mark Westley. (22581326)

The game then settled down with neither side able to get a grip and keep hold of the ball for a period of time, and on 36 minutes, Wisbech got on the scoreboard.

The visitors moved the ball from left to right, and having players in the overlap they crossed the line to score in the corner. The conversion was missed as Tigers went into the break 14-5 ahead.

The second half started very much with Wisbech on the front foot, and they closed the gap further.

After being awarded a penalty they decided to go for the points right in front of the post.

With 10 minutes left on the clock the home side brought on Nathan Brooks and John Dibb, to join other replacement Byron Read.

All three played a huge part in the next two tries, the first coming with Ely’s first real play in the Wisbech half.

From a line out, a scrum was awarded, with Ely winning the ball and Read peeling off the back of the scrum to go over the try line in the corner.

It left a hard kick for Alsop, but like the others during the game the ball sailed over for the extra points.

Moments after the restart the two replacements combined to cross over. Mitchell Kennett’s powerful run saw the ball fed out to Dibb and, with Brooks in support, Dibb fed the ball and Brooks powered over the line under the posts, for Alsop’s easiest kick of the afternoon.

The win still leaves Tigers in third place, ahead of hosting leaders West Norfolk on December 7.

* In Greene King IPA Eastern Counties 1 West, Newmarket were awarded a home walkover against Saffron Walden II.

But with lower-league Haverhill & District also left without a game, they played a friendly against each other.


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