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Kieran Dolaghan puts the boot into Southwold to boost Cantabrigian's survival hopes

Cantabs earned a vital win over Southwold.
Cantabs earned a vital win over Southwold.

Kieran Dolaghan’s penalty proved vital for Cantabrigian as they boosted their hopes of avoiding relegation by beating Southwold 23-22 in London League 2NE.

The full-back had started the scoring with his boot in the 10th minute, and they extended their lead on the half-hour.

Tom Stace took the ball at speed 25m out, and there was no stopping him crossing the line, with Dolaghan’s conversion making it 10-0.

Southwold reduced the arrears to 10-3 at half time.

Dolaghan landed another kick to restore Cantabs’ 10-point advantage after the break, but Southwold hit back with an unconverted try.

From the restart, Cantabs set up a play in the Southwold 22 and a line-out was moved to Finn Morrison, who burst through three tackles to touch down. Dolaghan kicked the extras to make it 20-8.

Southwold responded with a converted try, but then Dolaghan slotted over a long-range kick from 35m to make it 23-15.

With two minutes remaining, Southwold touched down in the corner and converted to make it 23-22, but that signalled the end of the game.

The win has seen Cantabs move a point clear of relegation, with two games remaining.

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