Tigers fail Southwold test

Ely Tigers' John Dibb tackles his opponent.

Ely Tigers' John Dibb tackles his opponent. - Credit: Archant

Rugby Ely Tigers 7 Southwold 11

The Tigers were left to rue some sloppy work as they went down to title rivals Southwold, on Saturday.

Lloyd Palmer’s side came into the game with three wins from three matches played but showed some uncharacteristic vulnerability as Southwold took a decisive three points at the Downham Road ground.

The visitors were first to get on the scoreboard, with three points, when Ely were penalised in the twenty-two for offside.

Ely fought back and John Dibb darted through a gap and dived over for a converted try to put the hosts in the lead. Just before the end of the half, however, Southwold work some space wide and touched down for an unconverted try.

The only points of the second half came from a Southwold penalty, with Ely kept at arm’s length by the visitors, who held on to claim the win and usurp the Tigers in top spot.

Ely slip to second place in Eastern Counties Division 1, a point clear of third place team, Ipswich YM. They return to action again on Saturday when they travel to Thurston.