A bonus point 29-10 victory over Beccles brought a smile to the home crowd at Gatehouse Lane as West Norfolk returned to winning form on Saturday following their poor start to 2016.
Despite a number of injuries, the squad was boosted by the inclusion of Paul Denton at hooker, with Mark Tilbrook and Will Knox making starts in the backs.
The fixture also saw the return of prolific winger Jake Richardson.
The hosts began brightly and were looking dangerous out wide. Some fast ball to Jack Hoyles saw the fly half glide through the Beccles defence to go in between the posts. Knox added the extras.
With West dominant up front in the scrums and having decent line-out ball, the forwards then set up camp within the visitors’ half and a series of attacks ended when a running line by second row Yousef Edris split open the defensive line to score.
Knox slotted over the conversion to make it 14-0.
Beccles galvanised their efforts and some strong tackling and counter attacks initiated via their large No.8 held West back for a period, until a quick-thinking cross kick from a penalty on the left touch line saw Richardson gather and burst over to leave West 19-0 ahead at the interval.
Seeming to relax a little after the restart, West sat back and Beccles took full advantage with a well-worked try. A further wobble saw a missed tackle let the visitors notch a second try to close the gap at 19-10.
West dusted themselves off and, with the fresh legs of Dave Harrison and Christian Newton-Walters, began to reassert their dominance. Following a number of bursts from Jamie Williamson and Ollie Ridout, a jinking break from Adrian Flux man of the match Hoyles set full back Ross Biggs free to touch down for Wests fourth try.
A midfield crash ball to prop Lawrence Savage was recycled swiftly out left to Will Greenwood at inside centre, who powered through the Beccles line, before offloading to flanker Freddie Playford, who completed the hosts’ account.