West Norfolk suffer defeat despite playing some of their best rugby of the season
West Norfolk played some of their best rugby of the season on Saturday – but went home empty-handed from their latest clash at Gatehouse Lane.
The London 2 North-East strugglers were twice denied a late try as they suffered a 17-22 reverse at the hands of Saffron Walden.
Coach Aaron Beaumont said: “Despite the result I felt we played some of our best rugby of the season. We started strongly which is something we'd aimed for.
“Despite Saffron Walden taking the lead in the first half, we stuck to the game plan and the boys showed great spirit to fight their way back to keep the game within a score which nearly resulted in the win.
“We played well however a few errors and ill-discipline ultimately cost us which is something we will certainly work on before the game at Wymondham.”
West welcomed Lewis Rudd into the 9 shirt whilst Angus Williams and Alex Singleton stepped into the centre and Joe Lewis-Mitchell was on the bench after injury.
West Norfolk applied early pressure to any Saffron Walden attack with some excellent tackling from captain Henry Rust and centre Angus Williams.
Following a penalty deep into Walden’s 22m line and an excellent catch and drive lead by Conor Clarke and Liam Hind, Henry Rust scooted over for a try converted by Sam Moses.
Moses added a further penalty, but the visitors replied with a try of their own and eventually took a slender 12-10 lead into the interval.
West Norfolk were pinned in their own half after the restart with Saffron Walden going over for another converted score.
Following a bulldozing run by no.8 James Dobbler, fly-half Wicks released the backs and the ball eventually found its way into the hands of Alex Singleton.
Using his pace and quick feet Singleton jinked his way over the line to give West a glimmer of hope.
Dobbler twice went over late on, only to be denied by two unsighted groundings with the latter resulting in the full-time whistle.
Adrian Flux Man-of-the-match: Angus Williams.
West Norfolk 2nds lost 33-17 at Watton. West Norfolk scorers were Jordan Penn-Symonds, Eddie Crewe and Dominic Hubbard scoring his first try for the club.
Trundley man-of-the-match: Jamie Williamson.