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West Norfolk coach Aaron Beaumont has urged his players to burst out of the blocks after another slow start cost his side dearly at Stowmarket on Saturday.

The Gatehouse Lane were playing catch-up from early on after tries put them on the back foot during a 48-12 reverse on their travels.

Despite registering two tries of their own, West Norfolk could never get close to their Suffolk hosts at Chilton Way and Beaumont has told his side they will need to get off to fast start if results are to improve.

West Norfolk players observe a minute's silence for Remembrance Day. Picture: Roz Bridges. (53144480)
West Norfolk players observe a minute's silence for Remembrance Day. Picture: Roz Bridges. (53144480)

Beaumont said: “We started slow again this week which is something we desperately need to address as it is becoming a theme each week.

“However, we came back strongly putting some physical and pacey attacks together that either were stopped by good defence by the hosts or a lack of patience.

“We had a large percentage of possession which we should have converted but we did look good in attack and made some crucial turnovers in defence.

“We started the second half strongly but clear communication and patience stopped us from scoring the points we deserved.

“The lads will enjoy the week off especially to nurse any injuries but we will work hard in training to prepare for Southwold at home on November 27.”

West Norfolk's Dan Stephenson at the lineout. Picture: Roz Bridges. (53144476)
West Norfolk's Dan Stephenson at the lineout. Picture: Roz Bridges. (53144476)

West renewed old ties with their former foes with a much-changed side due to a number of injuries.

They welcomed back Liam Hind at prop, Peter Fox in the back row, Stephen Aspery on the wing, as well as club stalwarts Michael Skinner and Alex Singleton back into the side.

Conceding two early tries left West Norfolk chasing the game early on, however fly-half Moses and centre Alex Singleton linked up well early on.

James Dobbler and Olly Denton combined to feed the quick hands of Moses who sent Charlie Moore away to sprint over in the corner.

A nasty shoulder injury saw Denton replaced by Skinner and an unfortunate handling error saw Stowmarket increase their advantage.

Olly Denton directing at the West Norfolk ruck. Picture: Roz Bridges. (53144482)
Olly Denton directing at the West Norfolk ruck. Picture: Roz Bridges. (53144482)

West Norfolk’s patience would eventually pay off with Fox finding himself on the end of a number of offloads from the West forwards to go over for a second try, converted by Moses.

Unfortunately for West, they would be unable to break down the Stowmarket defence and it was one-way traffic in the second period with the Suffolk outfit scoring with regular ease.

The result leaves West Norfolk, who have the third worst defensive record in the division, rooted in the bottom two of the London 2 North East standings with just three points from their opening eight fixtures.

James Dobbler was named as the Adrian Flux man-of-the-match.

West Norfolk’s development side lost 15-8 at home to UEA on Saturday in a tight game where the Trundley man-of-the-match was Danny Windass.



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