WOLD SHOW THEIR CLASS AS BACKS OVERPOWER THEIR NORFOLK RIVALS
SOUTHWOLD 47 – 19 WYMONDHAM
Wold were deserved winners in this top of the table clash between these two sides who were both on 15 points from their first four games in third and fourth places before this game in London 2 North East.
With Norwich and Diss above them drawing on the day, the vital win moved Wold up to second spot above Diss and one point behind leaders Norwich to set up a mouth watering encounter next weekend which will see Wold travel to Norwich, when they will now be challenging for the league top spot.
The game was not a minute old when Luke Wade slotted a penalty for holding on to the ball in the tackle but Wymondham took the lead at 7–3 just two minutes later when their fly half goose stepped straight through the Wold back line to score under the posts.
It was all action with both teams throwing the ball about in an open game but it was Wold who scored next by the corner flag after Jacob English had come in to the line from his opposite left wing and broken the Wymondham defence before Josh Crick on the right wing outpaced his opposite number to go over the line.
Wade’s kick curled left of the posts but seven minutes later Ollie Carlstroem playing at scrum half used his strength to break right up the middle and this time it was Jacob English himself who powered in to the corner for the try. Wade converted with a great kick from the touchline moving the score up to 15-7, and he moved it on another three points when he slotted his second penalty five minutes later.
Two minutes before half time English got his second try again by the corner flag after a great period of Wold pressure and again Wade slotted the extra two points from the touchline to make it 25-7 to Wold at the break.
Wymondham hit back soon after the break with a try wide on the right which had started from a lineout on the left and the unlucky conversion attempt came back off the post, reducing Wold’s lead to 13 points but Wade put it back to 18 again with his third penalty as Wymondham again held the ball too long in the tackle.
In the 60th minute came the try of the game from Wold’s pocket rocket hooker James Hall. Hall gathered the ball on the left hand side of the pitch not far from the halfway line and proceeded to side step, dummy and sprint his way towards the opposition line before two hand offs allowed him to dive gleefully over towards the right hand touchline.
Wade could not add to the glee however as his conversion attempt went just the wrong side of the right hand post, but Wold were in pretty firm control now as the game entered the last quarter at 33-12.
That control was momentarily halted however with a brutal Wymondham try when against the run of play in general their 20 stone plus prop simply smashed his way through at some pace to score under the posts despite at least three Wold tackle attempts to stop him which were simply brushed off. The deserved seven points reduced Wold’s lead to 33-19 with a quarter of an hour left but Wold were still on top.
Wymondham had battled and battled but seem to run out of steam in the last ten minutes as Wold piled on the pressure with their tails right up and knowing the win was almost assured.
The result was two more tries under the Wymondham posts, the first coming from Zak Loader who smashed his way over to score five minutes from time and then it was Ollie Carlstoem capping off a great display at 9, who capitalised on some poor handling and gathered up a loose ball five metres out to score himself as the game neared its conclusion.
Wade’s two kicks added another four points and Wold had really beaten a good Wymondham side into submission with a final scoreline that did not flatter them of 49-19 in favour of the black and golds.
It may just well be that the Wold train is getting up steam in the engine shed but we will have to wait and see what happens at Norwich next week, as to whether the train leaves the shed for the main line or not.
Either way it was a great attacking display by the home side on the day.
Joint MOM: Young Guns, Henry Dalton at Prop and Ollie Carlstroem at 9.
Arn The Wold !!
Photos credit Linda Cayley
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