RUGBY UNION: West Norfolk suffered a day to forget on the Suffolk coast in Division Three North East of the London League on Saturday.

They crashed 48-0 at Southwold and remain just above the bottom two places in the table.

However, there was better news for the club’s re-established third XV, who won a thrilling match against March Bears 29-26.

The key aims of the new team is to bring social rugby back to the club and act as a stepping stone for colts players into adult rugby.

Playing in Eastern Counties Greene King League Division Three West, a blend of youth and experience has seen them competing well with five wins and a draw from their 11 games so far.

The contrast in the squad on Saturday was highlighted by Samuel Mount, a 17-year-old colt starting for the first time in an adult game, and 57-year-old Kevin Reeve at the other end of the scale. Both were outstanding.

A game of two styles saw West with their pacy backs against March who had power in their pack.

The start belonged to Wests as early opportunities to counter attack and move the ball with classy style through the hands brought three tries and two conversions in the first 20 minutes with Joe Shirley, Mark Tilbrook and Rhys Morgan all touching down.

Minor indiscretions saw West slowly surrender their 19-point lead and the second half was more even. March opened a seven-point lead but West saw more of the ball and Ash Colvin, back to West after a long absence, crashed over to narrow the deficit. With time running out and still two points behind Joe Shirley’s chip and chase saw him touch down the ball for victory.

The home man of the match was Rhys Morgan.

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