West Norfolk Colts 22
Bury St Edmunds 19
The result could have gone either way for West in their first game of the season.
This was evident from the kick-off as a well organised Bury side applied pressure immediately.
Bury shifted the ball through the backs quickly to expose West out wide for the opening try. After a good spell of defensive work West started to apply some pressure of their own with the big lads up front punching holes in the Bury defence.
On one of West’s attacks it looked as if Harry Mahoney had gone over to level the score only to be pulled up for a double movement.
In the second half West were on the front foot again and a great catch and drive from a lineout saw Mahoney break from the back of the maul and, despite desperate attempts to stop him, he was not to be denied the opening score for West.
As Bury put the ball out wide in an effort to use a strong back line, up popped Freddie Playford with an interception followed by a foot race three-quarters of the pitch to give West the lead for the first time.
The very spirited Bury lads split the West defence wide open to take the lead once more.
After a strong run from Yousef Idris and a quick pick up and go, Jack Goldie put West back in front. Some sloppy defence and missed tackles led to Bury once again regaining the lead.
With time quickly running out the ball reached Mitchell Anderson out wide and after resisting the initial tackles he also ran three-quarters of the pitch for the winning score converted by Jordy Thorburn.
Man of the Match: Harry Mahoney who carried the ball well all day.
With some lads still to come in, there are promising signs for the season ahead.