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Your News Woodbridge Warriors win end to end Stow try fest

Bright sunshine greeted the teams and a good crowd at this end-of-season thriller. Woodbridge Warriors, lying fourth in the league against second-placed Stowmarket. Woodbridge started strongly with No 8 Cooke picking and driving twice into the hosts 22. Stows clearance missed touch and winger Steward kicked it with uncanny accuracy, the ball followed a line a metre parallel to touch for him to put down on 5 minutes. The restart kick was recovered by Stowmarket and their winger Roberts Jnr scored quickly to reassert authority. The visitors kept the pressure on, constantly harrying despite losing scrums most of the afternoon and were soon rewarded when flanker Gray squirmed the ball to score. Stowmarket repeated their earlier response; No 9 Hudson peeled off the back of the kick-off scrum on the short side for a trouble-free running score under the posts to make it four trys in 13 mins. The match remained end-to-end with the hosts having the slight advantage, forcing some great tackles from the Warriors and earning them a penalty. In the dying moments of the half Cooke picked and drove through the Stow 22 to score and Kimber converted.

Stowmarket started the second half driving and using their backline set pieces to run the ball and won a penalty three points but a good line-out take by Gray put Woodbridge back up field and gave Kimber a three point response. Continued forward advantage however allowed Stow back into the visitors danger area for second row Roper to smuggle a try. This encouraged more of the same, Stow electing to go for the corner on a number of penalties but Woodbridge were tireless in defence and increasingly this turned to attack as, despite tiring legs, the Warriors commitment to get quickly up gained them field position and opportunity. This was demonstrated when Simpkin-Betts kicked over and Kimber scored and converted. After Stowmarket earned another three point penalty the last ten minutes saw more excitement as Woodbridge, forsaking time-wasting tactics, continued to run at their hosts and conceded yet another nail biting penalty attempt at a draw in front of a rapt crowd which was narrowly missed before the whistle marked the end of an exciting, energetic and evenly balanced game.

Final score Stowmarket 26: Woodbridge Warriors 29

Woodbridge Warriors: 1 Simon Codd, 2 Tom Herring, 3 Andy Brown, 4 Dan Knight, 5 Bobby Armour (Capt), 6 Ollie Gray, 7 Jimmy Mayhew, 8 Johno Cooke, 9 Eddie Johnson, 10 Josh Simpkin-Betts, 11 Donovan Steward, 12 Kuri, 13 Ben McKintyre14 Lewis Ballard, 15 Josh Kimber. Replacements: 16 Shane Manning, 17 Kieran Richardson.

Stowmarket: 1 Blackwell, 2 Haywood, 3 Goodchild, 4 Crowe, 5 Roper, 6 Burch, 7 Hawkins, 8 Robinson, 9 Hudson, 10 Roberts Snr, 11 Roberts Jnr, 12 Warnough, 13 Hill, 14 Fyfield, 15 Garrard Jnr. Replacements: 16 Schindler, 17 Sanders, 18 Harrison.

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