Magnificent Marauders win v Ipswich 3rds
The Mistley Marauders welcomed Ipswich 3rds to Furze Hills on a bright afternoon, the conditions perfect to play some expansive rugby.
The Marauders drew first blood in the opening minutes with a powerful run from the Marauders no.8 Moby to touch down. Ipswich returned immediately and maintained pressure inside the Marauders 22 but were let down by handling errors and superb counter rucking by the marauders front row.
The following scrums were held fast by the front row of Richardson, Stratton, and Angus Bissett is his first game for the club allowed the Marauders three quarter line to probe deep into the Ipswich half and resulted in another try for the Mistley No.8. The Ipswich reply was immediate as a quickly taken penalty by their scrum half led them to within 5 metres of the Mistley line. Clever use of their big runners allowed them to score with only a few minutes left remaining of the half. The marauders had the last word of the half as an Ipswich scrum inside their own 22 was turned over following superb work in the scrum by Stratton and Richardson; allowing Moby his hat trick try under the posts.
The second half saw the Marauders playing into the wind and began as the first half left off. Defensive pressure led to several knock-ons from Ipswich and provided a rock steady platform for Tompkins at fly-half to unleash his three quarter line. However, Ipswich’s tackling was more than up to the challenge and only a superb work rate from the pack and pin point tactical kicking from the Marauders no.9 Jesse Fearn kept the momentum going.
As the hour mark approached the intensity began to leave its mark on both teams and the Marauders saw the welcome return of veterans Alex Weedon and DJ Wood into the pack, making an immediate impact and turning the ball over from an Ipswich lineout. Ipswich also began to suffer from the high pace of the game making several substitutions leading to a lot of reorganisation throughout their team. Ipswich worked hard to keep the ball alive in the tackle and their offload game became a problem for the Marauders defence, only bad luck seeing the Ipswich players drop the ball on numerous occasions.
By this time the Ipswich scrum seemed to be pushing against a concrete wall which allowed Tompkins to unleash No.12 Lewis Symes at pace to break three tackles through the centre and storm half the length of the pitch to score under the posts. An injury to Weedon saw the debut of Mistley Chairman Richard Percival . From the restart Fred Barrett claimed the ball under immense pressure and unwilling to change a winning formula Fearn and Tompkins sent the ball quickly to Symes who repeated his athletic performance to touch down under the posts once again. The final word came from a beautifully weighted kick from Fearn allowing Jamie Dove to gather and score in the corner.The end score being 38-7 to The Marauders
Praise was given to the Ipswich players for their sportsmanship and the afternoon was enjoyed by all .Every Marauder player was ecstatic with such a fine win