West Norfolk RUFC chase highest level for 13 years and host Swaffham in cup

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It’s been a good first half of the season for North Wootton based West Norfolk RUFC as they go into the festive break top of London North East 3.

Having notched up a tremendous run of six wins on the trot, West signed off 2015 in style with a massive 82-5 victory over Upminster in front of a packed crowd at Gatehouse Lane.

Club captain, Jamie Williamson, said: “I’m extremely happy with the win and even more so with the manner in which we achieved it.

“Despite Upminster’s league position, the fixture could have been a bit of a banana skin if we let complacency get the better of us.

“The conditions were far from ideal but we stuck to our game plan and took our chances. We’ve come a long way since the start of the season and this result was a great way to finish the year.”

West now look forward to an exciting start to the New Year.

First up they host Swaffham in the Junior Norfolk Cup on Saturday, January 2, before entering a period of league action, crucial to their promotion ambitions. West will face their closest title challengers in Epping Upper Clapton at the end of the month, but will need to see off the threat of third placed Old Cooperians as they play host to the Essex based side on January 9.

Meanwhile, with strong competition from the younger players in the senior sides, combined with some recent ‘return to rugby’ initiatives, the West Development squad has grown from strength to strength.

This solid foundation has been the basis of a string of good results, which includes superb wins over Diss, Holt and Beccles.

Head coach, Lee Parry, added: “Credit goes to the boys and everyone involved with the club to be where we are in the league.

“Everyone has bought into what we are doing and there is a real ‘whole club’ feel about where we are going. At the moment we are the in-form team which has been built on a focus of a performance rather than a result.”

There is still a long way to go and a lot of hard effort to be put in, but if West do achieve a second promotion in three years to take them back into London North East 2, it will be the first time in 13 years since the club has competed at that level.