RUGBY UNION: Ely Tigers survive Thetford comeback to claim important victory

PUBLISHED: 12:31 27 November 2017 | UPDATED: 17:18 27 November 2017

John Dibb halts a Thetford opponent in Ely Tigers 42-31 victory on Saturday. Photo: Steve Wells

John Dibb halts a Thetford opponent in Ely Tigers 42-31 victory on Saturday. Photo: Steve Wells

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Ely Tigers rose to fourth in the London Leagues Eastern Counties courtesy of a hard-fought win over Thetford on Saturday.

Ryan Clark makes a pass. Photo: Steve WellsRyan Clark makes a pass. Photo: Steve Wells

The Tigers survived a second-half onslaught from the visitors to claim a 42-31 victory at Downham Road.

Ely got off to the best possible start with a try from Jacob Muncey, before Nathan Brooks added a second as the hosts began to dominate.

Tom Elliot dotted down for a converted try soon after and John Dibb added his name to the score sheet after halting a Thetford counter attack.

Lloyd Palmer breaks away. Photo: Steve WellsLloyd Palmer breaks away. Photo: Steve Wells

Elliot soon touched down for his second before Thetford reduced the arrears with a penalty.

That late score spurred the away side on and they went on to score four unanswered tries – but Mitchell Kennett put the game to bed after he crashed down from close range.

The Tigers go to third-placed Holt on Saturday December 9.

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