RUGBY UNION: West Norfolk returned home with a bonus point 22-17 victory from the long journey to Wanstead for a rescheduled London League league fixture.
The hosts’ mind games paid off when they took an early 5-0 lead on a marshy pitch, which was not conducive to West’s running style.
Winger Jake Richardson broke free to level but a combination of powerful running and poor tackling allowed Wanstead to crash through from close range to go ahead 12-5.
Max Rust cut through the midfield defensive line to pull back a try and Monty Maule’s conversion left it all square at half time.
The second period continued in similar vein with West showing glimpses of stepping up a gear, only to be thwarted just as they began to look dangerous.
A third home try made it 17-12 but had two sin bins in quick succession as they began to tire and infringe at the tackle area. West took advantage and Richardson scored a second try to level things going into the closing stages.
West went on the attack and came close on several occasions with Edward Maule being stopped inches from the line before Tulip Man of the Match Harry Mahoney powered through to hand West a hard-earned, if a little scrappy win.
West Norfolk return to Gatehouse Lane tomorrow when they welcome Clacton, 3pm.