Scrum action from West Norfolk’s defeat at May & Baker.

West Norfolk slipped into third place in London North East Three after a surprise 31-0 defeat at struggling May & Baker.

The Dagenham team had won only three of their previous 11 games, including a 50-29 defeat in the reverse fixture but took full advantage of a weakened West team. Following a bruising encounter against fellow title chasers Old Cooperians the previous weekend, West were left licking their wounds as injuries and late unavailabilities, combined with a below par performance, took its toll.

West started reasonably well with a series of strong runs from No.8 and captain Jamie Williamson, Ryan Walker and Yousef Edris.

However, May & Baker gathered momentum and struck for their first try on the half-hour mark.

With decisions seemingly going only in one direction, West were further hindered when prop Lawrence Savage was yellow carded for a questionable interpretation of the scrum engagement.

The hosts took full advantage and, having put West under pressure with a series of clearance kicks, continued to turn the screw with four more tries.

Williamson said: “We are bitterly disappointed with this result. Despite the squad changes we’ve not played anywhere near our potential.

“The chase for the title has now opened up but we are still in the mix.

Adrian Flux man of the match was Dave Harrison.