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Chelmsford 12- 0 Woodbridge
Ipswich YM 30 v Woodbridge Warriors 17
By Ali Draper
Ipswich YM continued their winning streak with a bonus-point victory at home over a tough Woodbridge side.
Woodbridge were quickly put on the back foot from intensive YM pressure. Despite brave defence, including a heroic try-saving tackle from JP Hart, YM were first to score with a forward-generated try finished by Robin Collard in the 20th minute. Woodbridge were swift to respond with three points from a penalty thanks to the boot of captain Jamie Smith.
The very strong YM pack dominated the scrums and line-outs throughout the half, allowing the back line to continuously chisel away at Woodbridge’s defence. Eventually Aquila Toro found a gap and crossed the line in the 25th minute to put YM 10 points ahead. This lead was extended with a try a piece for Andrew Cooke and Matthew Rolf; these were accompanied by a single Tom Potter conversion. The half concluded with YM leading 22-3.
The second half was deadlocked until YM full-back John Flynn scored a well-deserved try in the 57th minute. Despite the 24-point deficit, Woodbridge never allowed their heads to fall and began to constantly push the hosts down the field until Smith added to his points tally with a converted try.
Eager to maintain momentum, the attack continued until Connor O’Reilly, who recently made his British Army U23s debut, startled the crowd and the opposition with an 85m run through numerous tackles to score under the posts; Smith converted.
Richard Lea’s yellow card meant the home side finished the game with 14 on the pitch. The match ended with Harry Crush converting a penalty to seal a 30-17 victory to YM.
‘Player of the Match’ was awarded to YM full-back John Flynn.
First game lost 26-59
Second game lost 18-19
A definitely improving trend