West Norfolk’s Alex Singleton takes on the challenge for his team in their win at Woodbridge.

RUGBY UNION: West Norfolk laid down a statement of intent for the second half of the London League season with a 30-19 win at Woodbridge on Saturday.

It was excellent revenge for the early season home 22-13 defeat by the Suffolk side and left captain Paul Bridges delighted.

“I am immensely proud of how the guys played, showing patience and control to keep possession and prevent Woodbridge from having the ball,” he said. “We wanted to make a statement for 2018 and we have achieved that, showing determination and hard work.

“Our forwards showed continuing dominance in the scrum and our line-out worked better than in any of the games in the first half of the season, providing clean ball for the backs.”

West started brightly, controlling possession and territory for the majority of the first half. Freddie Playford scored West’s first try, converted by Sam Moses. Woodbridge hit back with a converted try but winger Stephen Aspery crashed over the Woodbridge line to restore the away advantage and scampered away for another after Moses had kicked a penalty.

West led 20-7 at half-time and soon extended their lead when Moses showed some silky footwork to part the home resistance, converting himself.

Moses added a penalty before Woodbridge narrowed the gap but it was too late to matter.

Mark Tilbrook was West’s man of the match.

Bridges can still see plenty of room for improvement ahead of tomorrow’s clash with Wisbech.

“Fitness is still a bit of an issue after the Christmas break as we allowed Woodbridge to build momentum in the final 20,” he said. “However, I feel the squad as a whole will continue to improve. We will look to massively improve on our result from the fixture at Wisbech (a 51-24 defeat), which I fully believe we are capable of.”

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