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West Norfolk pay the penalty in opening home encounter

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West Norfolk 23 Wymondham 25

A last-gasp penalty broke West Norfolk hearts as Wymondham went home with the points from a titanic battle at Gatehouse Lane.

The hosts were penalised with a fourth yellow card of the afternoon at a ruck and the visitors took full advantage by slotting home the resulting kick.

West Norfolk head coach Aaron Beaumont said: “It was extremely frustrating especially with the number of yellow cards we conceded.

JP Middleton crashing over for a try. (51726106)
JP Middleton crashing over for a try. (51726106)

“We started the game slowly which is something we need to work on as we cannot afford to do that especially in this league.

“However the middle 40 were very positive as we took control of the game, but unfortunately we could not convert this into points.

“We then struggled to maintain possession in the last 20 minutes with Wymondham taking advantage wherever they could.

“Its really tough taking a defeat in the last play of the game by two points but we keep building week on week and I’m fully confident the results will come.”

West began the game with a strong carry from lock Edney Costa, but a handling error led to Wymondham scoring the first minute of the game.

The hosts replied with a solid passage of play near the Wymondham 22 with carries from Nic Bull and Joe Lewis-Mitchell eventually forcing the visitors to give away a penalty which fly-half Sam Moses converted.

The Wymondham centre then blasted through a hole in the home defence, which had already received a yellow card, to score under the posts.

Some bullocking runs from Edney Costa and No.8 James Dobler with a resulting penalty being kicked by Moses.

A second yellow reduced West to 13 players but solid defence by Lewis Stewart and captain Henry Rust kept Wymondham largely at bay.

Moses then scooted over for a converted try as West Norfolk trailed 13-10 at the interval.

West increased their advantage at the start of the second half as Joe Lewis-Mitchell scored a try just to the right of the posts, converted by Moses.

A third yellow card allowed Wymondham to use their numerical advantage to score just to the right of the posts with the kick giving them a two-point lead.

Jack Wicks kicked a penalty to restore West’s before a fourth yellow card and penalty saw victory snatched away at the death.

Adrian Flux Man of the Match: James Dobler.

West Norfolk development team also suffered a narrow defeat against Diss 3rds.

With lots of young players supported by some experience in the form of Jack Slingsby, JP Middleton and Phil Hind, West would give a tremendous account of themselves against a more mature Diss side.

Despite lots of promising play by the West youngsters, Diss won 19-14. West Norfolk scorers were Conor Tuck and JP Middleton with both tries converted by Josh Burgess.

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