Ely Tigers surrender top spot in London 3 Eastern Counties after 22-15 defeat to title rivals Wymondham
Ely Tigers relinquished top spot in London 3 Eastern Counties after losing 22-15 to title rivals Wymondham on Saturday.
Leaders Ely made the trip to second-placed Wymondham at the weekend, and in a nip-and-tuck first half it was the visitors that troubled the scoreboard first.
A penalty from Joel Scott-Paul gave the Tigers a narrow advantage, before the hosts went a man down due to a high tackle.
Despite that, Wymondham hit back with a converted try to edge in front, but again the lead switched hands as an unconverted try from Luke Turner, following good work from Matt McCarthy put Ely 8-7 in front.
The home side responded before half time with an unconverted try to regain the lead at 12-8, before the Tigers edged back ahead, after a converted try by Charlie Coupland to go 15-12 up.
A back and forth encounter continued as Wymondham regained the lead with a converted try, before scoring a penalty to complete a 22-15 win.
The victory for the hosts saw them swap places with Ely in the London 3 Eastern Counties table, with the two title rivals only separated by points difference.
Elsewhere, Ely’s other title rivals, Holt, in third place suffered a setback as they were beaten 25-18 away at fourth-placed West Norfolk.
Holt are three points adrift of joint leaders Wymondham and Ely, but perhaps crucially have a game in hand on the top two.
The title race takes a break this weekend with no league games scheduled.
The following weekend sees the Tigers look to once again keep the pressure on table-toppers Wymondham, when they travel to Holt (March 2).
Wymondham are also on the road as they head to seventh-placed Fakenham.