West Norfolk attack during their 26-19 win at Lowestoft & Yarmouth.

West Norfolk returned home triumphant after a gruelling, full-on encounter against Lowestoft & Yarmouth in London North East Three.

The bonus point 26-19 win sees West maintain their third place spot ahead of Harlow, with just four matches remaining.

West arrived determined to build upon their scrappy victory over Beccles the previous week.

The squad was boosted by the inclusion of Conor Tuck starting in the second row and Dave Harrison moving to partner Will Greenwood in the centres, with the return of Olly Denton on the bench.

In wet and muddy conditions, the visitors started on the front foot, with a series of powerful drives from captain Jamie Williamson, Rory O’Sullivan and Paul Bridges.

This pressure paid off when fly half Jack Hoyles burst through to score. Harrison converted the extras.

Lowestoft were looking dangerous out wide but, as the first quarter came to a close, West broke free with some good quality fast ball out to the backs, which set winger Will Knox free to score.

The hosts then pinned West back effectively with some sustained possession, bringing their first try of the day.

A lapse in concentration, combined with some strong running from Lowestoft, ended with the hosts taking a 14-12 lead.

Ross Biggs then split open the hosts defensive line to score, making it four tries in four games for the veteran speedster.

Lowestoft began to give a number of penalties away under pressure and West came within an inch of scoring their fourth when a driving maul from the line out saw prop Lawrence Savage crash over, only to be held up over the line.

Nonetheless, West continued to gain momentum. A series of forwards surges resulted in the visitors’ bonus point score when Yousef Edris bulldozed through. Adrian Flux man of the match Harrison added the conversion to make it 26-14.

With the best part of 30 minutes to play, West went into defensive mode and restricted Lowestoft to a single try with five minutes remaining.

Captain Williamson said: “It was always going to be a challenging fixture and again, we had guys playing out of position due to unavailability.

“Those who stepped up did an excellent job and we showed great determination and heart.”