Ely 3rd XV Through To Next Round

PUBLISHED: 15:25 21 January 2009 | UPDATED: 10:43 04 May 2010

ELY 3rd XV progressed to the second round of the Green King Cup after edging past Biggleswade 2 10-0. Second-half tries from Mark Egerton and Magnus Woodroofe clinched the tie for Ely in a game in which both sides struggled to hit top-form. Ely received a

ELY 3rd XV progressed to the second round of the Green King Cup after edging past Biggleswade 2 10-0.

Second-half tries from Mark Egerton and Magnus Woodroofe clinched the tie for Ely in a game in which both sides struggled to hit top-form.

Ely received a bye in the preliminary round of the competition and so Saturday's game at Biggleswade saw the first cup action of the season for Ben Brownlie's side.

Ely kicked off and the game and made it a priority from the outset to stifle the visitors attack. The first half was a tightly contested affair with the majority of the play within the Ely half.

Fine defensive work from the Ely backs' allowed them to keep the visitors at bay however, and the half ended with the score at 0-0, both sides having been unable to muster a really serious attacking threat.

Plans were re-made in the half-time interval however, and the complexion of the match altered greatly after the restart as both teams looked to gain the ascendancy. Magnus Woodroofe responded particularly well to a pack re-shuffle and was able to forge an opening on the left-wing which enabled Mark Egerton to crash over to make it 5-0.

The try provided the spark the game had been lacking and Ely set about turning the screw in the wake of their opening try. Biggleswade weren't out the game entirely though and came close to restoring parity but for a try-line clearance from Dave Walker, which kept Ely's lead in tact.

Ely managed to settle jangling nerves in the latter stages of the tie however, when Woodroofe collected a pass to run over the line for Ely's second try.

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