RUGBY UNION: West Norfolk are on the brink of clinching the Eastern Counties One title with a game to spare.

While they were winning
48-20 at Harwich & Dovercourt, nearest rivals Newmarket suffered a shock defeat at Southwold.

It means a win next week against Mersea Island would make Wests uncatchable, although captain Lawrence Savage said: “We wouldn’t be announced as champions until the final weekend because of issues like possible red cards and admin errors that can cause point deductions.”

Wests had not beaten Harwich away for more than three years and conceded an early penalty.

But they hit back with a try from Ross Biggs, converted by Alex Singleton.

Max Rust added another try and Wests pulled clear with tries from Craig Edwards, Dave Harrison and Ed Maul plus conversions from Singleton to earn a 31-6 half-time lead.

The hosts closed the gap to 31-20 before Dan Stephenson and Tulip Man of the Match Ryan Walker scored their maiden tries and Biggs added his second to complete victory.