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West Norfolk coach Aaron Beaumont says his side need to show more composure in the final third of the field.

The Gatehouse Lane outfit suffered their fourth successive defeat of the season in London 2 North East as Chelmsford recorded a 29-3 victory to move them into the top three of the table.

Having previously met in the RFU Senior Vase at Chelmsford three years ago, West knew they were in for a tough fixture.

A large crowd watch West Norfolk. (52457548)
A large crowd watch West Norfolk. (52457548)

West Norfolk have scored the least and conceded the most points in the league this season and Beaumont said: "It was a tough weekend for the boys but we move on.

"There are lots of positives to take as we defended much better than we have in previous games and it was a couple of mistakes that cost us.

"We need to continue to work as a unit when defending around the breakdown but we defended well up the middle of the park.

"We attacked and created more opportunities than we have all season. We went over, through and round the opposition but we lacked that composure and patience needed to finish the chances we created and kill the game off in the first half.

Conor Clarke collecting at the lineout. (52457552)
Conor Clarke collecting at the lineout. (52457552)

"We must stick together as a group, do all we can to get to training to iron out these few issues and I have no doubt that the result and win will go our way very soon.”

Chelmsford's quick hands and pace saw them score first before West Norfolk regrouped with some strong carries from the likes of Dan Nunn and Lewis Stewart.

A quick break from centre Jack Wicks saw the hosts awarded a penalty which he duly converted.

Both Wicks and fly-half Sam Moses linked well in the midfield, but this couldn't prevent Chelmsford from extending their lead with two further tries before the interval.

Dan Stephenson and Olly Pocket securing the ball at the ruck. (52457554)
Dan Stephenson and Olly Pocket securing the ball at the ruck. (52457554)

Chelmsford’s speedy backs pounced on a loose ball to score within the first few seconds of the second half and put the game beyond West's reach.

West Norfolk got themselves in some good positions, only to be thwarted by ill-discipline or poor handling to give the visitors the turn over.

West’s scrum and lineout operated well through Dan Stephenson and Craig Blackmur whilst the young duo of Lewis Rudd and Luis Jones on the wings did their best to get West into a good position for a consolation score.

West Norfolk defending the breakdown. (52457564)
West Norfolk defending the breakdown. (52457564)

However it was not to be and Chelmsford’s quick full-back scored another try in the final play.

West’s Adrian Flux Man-of-the-Match was Will Greenwood.

West Norfolk's Development Side also hosted Chelmsford 2nds, but in similar fashion the visitors showed great composure and organisation to breakdown the West defence despite a courageous effort.

The man-of-the-match award for West was shared between Josh Burgess and Liam Hind.



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