West Norfolk Colts 41
Shelford Colts 10
Conditions were perfect for the first of West’s Eastern Counties Cup matches.
From the kick-off it was clear that the home side were up for this game as they returned the kick back into Shelford’s 22. Then from a well executed lineout and drive the ball was shipped to a powerful John Nwaneri who was not going to be denied the first try for West, 5-0.
Shelford, making the long trip to Gatehouse Lane for an 11am start, applied immense pressure to the West line and were rewarded with a try, 5-5.
Things looked as if they were going from bad to worse after a series of penalties led to a yellow card. This seemed to motivate West and Shelford struggled to cope with West’s strong runners and this was the case as Freddie Playford found space and went over for West to retake the lead 12-5.
Even down a man West were still dominant in the forwards; this gave Ross Nuttal the space to jink past the Shelford defence, 17-5.
West were restored to the full quota just before half-time and within a blink of an eye from coming on, Peter Fox was cruising over in the corner for West’s fourth try, as the half ended with a healthy 24-5 lead for the hosts.
The second half saw no let up from West as a combination of strong aggressive runs was finished off by the ever present Nwaneri for his second of the game, 31-5.
Throughout the match there had been some intelligent kicking in open play, none more so when Jordan Thorburn’s pinpoint kick was collected by Playford for his brace, 36-5.
Playford turned provider as his offload was gratefully received by Hayden Revell to score West’s seventh, 41-5. Shelford had the last word after some good forward pressure gave them numbers out wide for a well deserved consolation try. This was possibly West’s best performance so far, both in attack and especially in defence.
It would be impossible to single out one player in this team performance as everyone played and pulled together as one.