Injuries take their toll on West Norfolk in Stowmarket loss

MLNF West v Stow 30.1.16
MLNF West v Stow 30.1.16
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Stowmarket 34

West Norfolk 5

Injuries took their toll on West, who had made the trip to Stowmarket – which is now their local derby – with high hopes of getting back to winning ways.

With the same problem with injuries and unavailability it gave Stephen Aspery his first team debut after a promising showing in the twos and a return for Mark Tilbrook, Ben Bullock, Conor Tuck and a former first team player Sam Cracknell returning to the squad after moving south.

West started off the brightest of the two sides making some good ground and promising attacking rugby with Sam Greenwood linking well with his brother William both playing out of position but not looking out of place at fly half and centre respectively.

Captain Jamie Williamson also crashed holes up the middle and Freddie Playford worked tirelessly but all this hard work was not rewarded.

Against the run of play Stowmarket broke away and after some strict refereeing were awarded a penalty on the ninth minute to take the lead 3-0.

With West still playing some attacking rugby but lacking the clinical finish Stow ran up the field and broke free after some poor tackle attempts to add to their lead with a converted try.

West hit back with a strong run up the right. Ross Biggs, powerfully breaking tackles, powered over to score a try closing the gap to 10-5 just before half-time.

With West still in the game and finishing the half well, West coaches were waiting for the restart in a positive mood.

This was short lived as Stowmarket soon added to their tally with two tries, converting one. With West not looking their usual selves and injuries catching up with players, Stow ran in two more tries before the finish of the game.

West Norfolk had some fine individual performances with Mark Tilbrooke and Playford both having fine games despite the score.

The coaches and management picked Playford for the Adrian Flux MoM.

West Norfolk have a welcome break from league action while they rebuild and face Hitchin in the Senior Vase cup.