RUGBY UNION: Two losing bonus points against London League Three North East champions Sudbury proved not quite enough for West Norfolk.
Victory for second placed Cantabrigian left West just short of a second promotion following a 28-22 defeat.
Sudbury went 5-0 up inside the first minute but West responded when centre Lewys Weaver cut through to pull scores level.
Another try made it 10-5 to the hosts with only 10 minutes gone. A flowing move saw full-back Ross Biggs pounce over the line to level things at the break.
Sudbury regained the lead early in the second half but winger Jake Richardson accelerated through to score and Weaver added the extras to put West ahead at 17-15.
A penalty saw Sudbury reclaim the lead but Richardson darted in by the posts to hand West a
22-18 lead. A fourth home try put the hosts 23-22 up and they added a fifth in the dying stages.
Coach Chris Bird said: “It’s hard to end on a losing note but the lads gave it their all.
“To be promoted last season and then be a whisker away again is a fantastic achievement.
“The key is to keep developing and to take this momentum into next year.”