Ely's Unbeaten Run Ends

PUBLISHED: 15:33 26 January 2009 | UPDATED: 10:43 04 May 2010

ELY Tigers saw their unbeaten league run brought to an abrupt end after losing away at championship rivals Southwold 23-8. A relentless and determined first-half performance from Southwold proved Ely s undoing as the home side ran over 15 unanswered point

ELY Tigers saw their unbeaten league run brought to an abrupt end after losing away at championship rivals Southwold 23-8.

A relentless and determined first-half performance from Southwold proved Ely's undoing as the home side ran over 15 unanswered points, leaving the visitors with too much to do.

Having lost to Ely earlier in the season, Southwold were evidently keen to gain revenge and the pressure was incessant straight from the first whistle as they sought to control possession early.

Although stout, the Tiger's defence wasn't absolute and the concession of a soft penalty allowed Southwold to register the first score of the day, making it 3-0.

The maiden score soon spurred a try-lust in the home side and they added two tries in quick succession, converting one to make it 15-0 going into the half-time interval.

Seemingly content with their first half's work, Southwold went onto the back foot as the second-half began and Ely seized their opportunity by registering their first score of the match courtesy of a Jamie Russell try.

Ely were unable to kick on from their initial breakthrough however, and added only a penalty score to their tally. Having absorbed the worse of the Ely attacks, Southwold poured forward once more, keen to seal the points.

Their fresh endeavour was rewarded as they ran over a third try late on and finally killed the game in the dying moments with a penalty kick that made it 23-8.

Ely's first defeat this season sees them joined in first place by Southwold, with both teams now on 20 points. The Tigers face Lakenham and Hewett at home at the weekend.

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