Missed chances cost West Norfolk U16 in county final at King’s Lynn

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West Norfolk Under 16s collected runners-up medals after losing out 13-37 to North Walsham in the final of the Norfolk plate competition on Sunday at Gatehouse Lane.

The home side paid for their failure to convert possession into points.

They dominated periods of the game, but the visitors soaked up the attacks and scored seven tries, virtually all on breakaways rather than through sustained pressure.

Centre Anthony Nwaneri charged over the try line after fine work by scrum half Jack Wicks and fly half James Archdale, and Wicks added a penalty, but Walsham led 8-17 at the interval.

After the break, Archdale bagged a try of his own after No. 8 Gabriel Parslew made a darting run from the back of a scrum, but it was little more than a consolation. Flanker Ollie Hayward and Sam Mount came close to scoring.

There were positives for West: Owen Smith, Henry Lankfer and Harry Knight were solid in the front row of the scrum, and Thomas Playford caught well at the lineout and fought hard at the breakdown.

Sam Mott brought some invention at fullback, and winger Joseph Lewis Mitchell was tidy in defence.

Ultimately, Wests missed too many tackles and failed to take their chances.