West Norfolk 14
Having already secured third spot in London North East 3, West Norfolk completed their league campaign with a hard encounter away to fifth place Southwold.
West knew they’d be in for a tough game, facing a much improved Southwold, who have posted notable victories over the teams above them in recent weeks.
West were able to welcome back winger Will Knox onto the wing, with Yousef Edris coming in at hooker as Paul Bridges was out injured. Nic Bull and Lee Williamson also returned to strengthen West’s pack.
However, Southwold started strongly with a number of powerful driving mauls and scrums, giving the hosts a solid platform to take the game to West. Unable to break free, West defended fiercely, but succumbed to the pressure as three tries were notched to give the Suffolk outfit a healthy 15-0 lead.
Nonetheless, thanks to some powerful running lines by the likes of captain Jamie Williamson, Paul Denton and Rory O’Sullivan, West were able to gain some attacking phases with the second quarter of the game.
Edris burst up the middle, only to be stopped just short of the line, but some quick thinking by Sam Greenwood saw the scrum half slot the ball down to cut the hosts’ advantage to 15-7 going into the break.
The second half was much more evenly balanced as Wests’ fast backline play began to counter Southwold’s scrum dominance much more effectively. A knock by the try line gave West some respite, but the hosts did crash over to secure their bonus point.
With 25 minutes left on the clock West then started to open up the game and some additional fast paced attacks saw Bull, Ross Biggs and Elliot Danforth all come close to scoring.
Fittingly, a bulldozing run from Jamie Williamson ended with the No. 8 scoring under the posts to mark his last match, Joe Butt converting to reduce the gap to 22-14.
West continued to put pressure on Southwold and a half break from the backline almost ended with another try. However, the final whistle came just before the visitors could add any more to their account for the day.
This weekend sees West finish off their season with the annual Cubitt-Maule Cup away to Holt.
Adrian Flux Man-of-the-match: Rory O’Sullivan.