West Norfolk laying down a marker for their run-in

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It’s been an exciting season so far for West Norfolk Rugby Club 1st XV, who have been reflecting upon recent successes following an enforced break in the league.

Their latest away fixture at Wanstead was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

Despite the disappointment of Saturday’s cancelled game, the squad have been enjoying being in the limelight following their KLFM ‘Sports Team of the Year’ 2014 Award presentation on Wednesday (see last Friday’s Lynn News).

Club captain, Lawrence Savage, said: “This award is a great testament to the hard work the players have been putting in over the past couple of years.

“However, it’s also a well earned recognition of the contributions of all the other volunteers involved at the club.

“This includes everyone from the thriving mini and youth section of West Norfolk, not to mention the bar staff, supporters, physio’s, senior coaching and management team.”

Having finished ninth in Eastern Counties One a couple of seasons ago, West have worked tremendously hard to produce a squad who are focused upon playing an exciting brand of attacking rugby.

This turnaround has seen the senior squad build on their promotion-winning campaign last season as they now sit third in London North East 3.

Manager Nigel Richardson added: “The lads’ 45-10 demolition of Lowestoft & Yarmouth in their last league outing was a real marker of the squad’s progress.

“Lowestoft were relegated last year and were tipped for a quick return to London North East 2.

“We lost 21-8 to them earlier in the season, so this has shown how far the players have come.

“All the senior teams feature a range of talented home grown players, who’ve progressed up through the age groups at the club.

“Nevertheless, we are continuing to welcome those new to the area or the sport into the club.”

West Norfolk’s next game is scheduled on Saturday, away to Stowmarket.

n West Norfolk Development overcame a strong Dereham 1st XV to win 17-15.

Tulip Man-of-the-Match: Sean Brundle.

London & SE Division

London 3 North East

Team P W D L Pt

Sudbury 15 15 0 0 72

Cantabrigian 15 12 0 3 61

West Norfolk 14 10 0 4 51

Harlow 15 10 0 5 51

Lowestoft & Y 15 8 0 7 39

Upminster 15 7 0 8 36

Wanstead 14 6 0 8 35

Stowmarket 15 6 0 9 34

Beccles 15 6 0 9 32

Old Brentwoods 15 6 0 9 31

Billericay 15 1 0 14 7

Clacton 15 2 0 13 1

Under 11 rugby

West Norfolk hosted Wymondham for three close matches.

The first match was a tight 1-1 draw, the second Wymondham won 3-0 but the score doesn’t reflect how tight that match was, and the last by far the best to watch was 3-3.

West displayed good team work. All in all it showed promise and areas to work on for the future.