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Rugby: Harlow’s away form continues to cause problems

Lifestyle / Wed 15th Jan 2014 at 03:02pm

Beccles 15 v 5 Harlow

HARLOW have had a weak away record all season and again on Saturday they lost a game which was well within their reach. They were handicapped by a number of team changes. Although the players who came in were all experienced at first team level the fact that they had not played together and some had to play out of position did not work well in terms of coordination.

In the early stages of the game Harlow looked to be in control. Their pack did not have the dominance of the previous week against Sudbury but were performing well in all areas. As the game progressed they conceded hard won territory by giving away too many penalties. This went on throughout the game. It also wasted territory gained by fly half Dobson whose tough kicking was very accurate throughout the match. Mid-way through the half Harlow took the lead when the Beccles scrum half mis-handled and centre Oliver Ellsworthy pounced on the mistake and touched down for the try. The home side hit back soon after when they were awarded a kickable penalty.

They opted to kick for the corner however, a good decision as they forced their way over for the try to level the scored. In the final minutes of the half Beccles put a long kick down towards the goal for their backs to chase. Rob Mackie won the race but his knock on was deemed to be deliberate, earning him a yellow card. From the re-start Beccles went over for the try to take the lead at the interval.

The second half was cut and thrust between the two sides but as the game progressed Beccles seemed to gain in confidence. Mid way through the half the referee was unhappy with a mild altercation between Josh Drake and one of their forwards and resolved the situation by yellow carding both of them. The game really slipped away when Beccles pushed play up into the Harlow 22 from a penalty. The Harlow defensive line was too slow and Beccles added another try. In the closing minutes the Harlow backs had one or two good breaks but the passing was not accurate enough to worry the defence and the game ended 15 – 5 to the home side.

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