RUGBY UNION: A late try and conversion proved frustrating for West Norfolk captain Paul Bridges at Wymondham on Saturday.
His side looked set for victory in their London League encounter when they led 21-15 entering the dying seconds but the hosts broke through near the posts to score a try and, with the last kick of the game, converted to win 22-21.
“It’s certainly a bitter pill to swallow, being on the end of a last-minute kick to lose the game,” said Bridges.
“However, the guys showed real character to play the way we did in what is traditionally a tough fixture.”
West had started better than in recent weeks, using their big forwards to crash the ball forward from the kick off.
Wymondham went ahead from a penalty but West re-grouped and were rewarded when a quick pass wide to fly half Sam Moses saw him step his way over the line, converting his own try.
Some big tackles from man of the match Jamie-Lee Flores, on his debut, and MJ Wright kept Wymondham out until their strong full back found a gap to give the hosts a 10-7 half-time lead.
West began to make headway into the Wymondham half after the break and a well-timed break through the middle of the ruck by John Lemon was well supported by prop Luke Covell.
The experienced Jack Slingsby picked up the ball from the back of a ruck and found his way over the line for Moses to convert and put the visitors 14-10 ahead.
Ill discipline crept in around the ruck, which gave Wymondham a dangerous opportunity with a line-out. Huge defensive tackles by Ash Covin and Christian Newton Walters held up Wymondham’s first attempt, however a short pick and go from the resulting scrum gave Wymondham their second try.
West tested the Wymondham back three with some well-placed kicks and, when a long pass was intercepted by winger Rory Jones he scored between the posts, converted by Moses to gain what looked a winning 21-15 advantage.
However, more ill-discipline gifted Wymondham a number of penalties to establish position in West’s half and they made the most of it with the late seven points.
- Eight clubs from Norfolk and Lincolnshire were in action at the West Norfolk Minis Festival.
Teams ranged in age from u7 to u12 and played on 15 pitches with more than 600 children enjoying taking part in some fast and furious play.