Bury St Edmunds 20
West Norfolk Colts 19
West travelled with only ten players but Bury were kind enough to make it up to 13 so the game could go ahead.
From the kick-off West knew they were going to have to work hard, and this they did to good effect as they matched Bury in intensity and desire.
The first score came just over midway in the first half as Bury pushed West back to their own 22. Up popped Alex Smith with a steal and then a sprint to the line for a great solo effort. The lineout in the first half was dominated by the throwing of the on-loan Bury hooker and superb jumping by Jack Goldie. With the rest of the half consigned mainly to a forward’s battle it ended with West 5-0 up.
With another change of personnel kindly loaned by Bury, the second half got underway. The lineout domination changed with the change of hooker, to Bury’s benefit and they scored first in the second half to make it even.
West responded as Joe Shirley found a gap in the defence and outpaced the Bury chasers to put West back in front, stand-in kicker Will Baker adding the two points.
Back came Bury with a good short drive to the line to pull back within two points. After a tussle in the middle of the pitch Goldie ripped the ball clean to feed the ball to Freddie Playford to show his strength and pace to score under the posts. Once again Baker added the two points.
Again Bury hit back after a succession of penalties. They drove over to trail by four going into the last minutes. The extra man was starting to tell as the West lads were showing signs of fatigue after having given their all. Bury scored in the corner to seal the win.
This was a great effort from the lads. A big thank you to Bury for their sportsmanship, contributing to a great game.