West Norfolk captain Paul Bridges on the charge against Stowmarket.

RUGBY UNION: West Norfolk failed to pull off an upset in London League Three Eastern Counties, despite creating some excellent chances against leaders Stowmarket.

The visitors made the most of the let-offs to win 48-15 but West captain Paul Bridge, in his last home match in charge, said: “The lads gave 110 per cent. Stowmarket were as good as their position justified, however, if we had taken our chances, it may have been a different game.

“We now aim to finish the season on a high with two league games to go.”

West started well at a fast pace but the visitors took the lead with a try after 12 minutes.

West twice came close with breaks being denied by solid defence and some hard decisions going against them.

The Suffolk side doubled the lead after 20 minutes before an interception robbed West of the chance to close the gap.

Stowmarket led 17-0 at half-time and extended that lead after a good crossfield kick and chase.

Winger Stephen Asprey ran 60 yards to be tackled short of the line but Yousef Edris picked up the ball to score West’s first try.

The visitors’ fitness and experience showed as they added another two tries before West’s discipline cost them dearly as they lost a player for dissent.

The 14 players dug deep and were rewarded with a try from Lee Williamson after some solid build-up by the forwards.

Stowmarket added two more tries before West finished on a high with winger Stephen Asprey going over.

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West started at a fast pace and tries flowed throughout the game with Jack Trundley 2, Bradley Hutler 2, Will Lankfer 2, Frazer Brown, Conor Clarke and Sam Mount all crossing the line with conversions added by Jack Trundley and Frazer Brown.

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