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BEs go out of cup

Lowestoft and Yarmouth 20 Barnet Elizabethans 10

Barnet Elizabethans' interest in the NPI Cup ended on Saturday after a long and frustrating trip to Lowestoft and Yarmouth. What should have been a pleasant trip to the seaside ended with exit in the second round of the cup although the two sides meet again in the league on January 9th.

BEs had started the game so promisingly that it seemed they were going to run riot after scoring two tries in the first 15 minutes and looking likely to score more at every opportunity.

However, a lengthy injury to one of the home forwards seemed to put BEs off the scent and they spent the rest of the game in fairly tight combat in both forwards and backs. For the second week running, the referee was liberal with the use of the yellow card with the majority going to the home side.

What frustrated the players overall was the official's ruling over the scrums. BEs had the better scrummaging technique but were denied the chance to prove it with the L&Y front row repeatedly collapsing the scrums without penalty. BEs also sorely missed the unavailable Greenwood in the line outs.

Despite a three hour coach journey, BEs were fresh and hungry at the start of the game and after just five minutes Andrew Goldsmith burst his way through for a try after good ball had been set up in the backs. In this opening spell it was obvious other scores would follow and James Thompson went over in the corner.

Neither try was converted and it was a poor day for the BEs kickers as several goal attempts were missed -- on another day they could have been well ahead before the home side rallied.

L&Y had levelled the scores at half time after a penalty and converted try were scored, basically through errors made by BEs.

For most of the second half there was not too much between the teams except for the lack of discipline by L&Y which resulted in several cautions but on one was dismissed.

With further penalty goal attempts going astray for BEs, they were hit by a home penalty and, midway through the half, a missed tackle around the scrum which allowed the number eight to romp in for an easy converted try.

Even with all the injury time available, BEs could do nothing more and faced cup exit and a long weary journey back home afterwards.

This Saturday BEs entertain Ipswich, kick-off 3pm.

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