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West Norfolk Rugby Club see home clash abandoned

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West Norfolk 3 Southwold 0

A combination of the weather, playing conditions and a potentially serious injury to a visiting player saw West Norfolk’s home fixture against Southwold abandoned.

The fixture will be rearranged later in the season once a suitable weekend has been identified.

After welcoming back players into the side, West hoped to take advantage of a home fixture and a nearly full squad to select from in renewing old ties with former rivals.

West Norfolk Rugby Club action against Southwold. Picture: Roz Bridges. (53452362)
West Norfolk Rugby Club action against Southwold. Picture: Roz Bridges. (53452362)

Both teams were aware of the challenge ahead especially with the weather conditions and it didn’t take long for the weather to have an effect with a number of handling errors in the early stages.

With the wind at the hosts' backs, it was difficult to say whether having the wind or playing against it was more difficult for both teams.

Throughout a scrappy half, both teams jostled for position with the majority of play being kept inside the Southwold territory.

The visitors defended well, soaking up a number of West Norfolk attacks led by the forwards.

Eventually pressure would tell and West would be awarded a penalty which full back Sam Moses would convert.

Despite a hugely dominant home scrum the penalty was the only score of the half as West Norfolk took a 3-0 lead into the interval.

Following an attempt at warming up in the changing room and in worsening conditions, both teams would come out at half-time knowing that any score was crucial to the result of the game.

West started brightly with a number of big carries from the likes of James Dobbler and Henry Rust making plenty of metres into a gale force wind.

Unfortunately the game would then be stopped following an awkward tackle by a Southwold player resulting in what appeared to be a serious injury.

Following the stoppage and after a meeting between both sides and the referee, it was decided that the game would be abandoned due to worsening conditions and the further likelihood of injury.

Adrian Flux Man of the Match was Paul Bridges.

West Norfolk development side did manage to complete their fixture away at Dereham.

With a strong travelling side, West were able to earn their second win of the season in a notoriously difficult fixture. Scorers were Quinton Houston (2), Jack Slingsby and Ash Colvin.

Trundley Man of the Match was Quinton Houston.

Tomorrow, West Norfolk go to Cantabrigian whilst the development side play host to Crusaders at Gatehouse Lane.

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