Action from West Norfolk’s win over Thurston at Gatehouse Lane.

RUGBY UNION: An excellent display of attacking rugby saw West Norfolk get back to winning ways in Division Three Eastern Counties of the London & South East Leagues.

But the 53-35 victory over Thurston at Gatehouse Lane still left coach Aaron Swanborough wanting more. “I am pleased with the performance because it showed how dangerous we can be with ball in hand,” he said. 

“However, we allowed Thurston to score through missed tackles and some sloppy defence in places, which made the game closer than it should have been.” 

Thurston opened the scoring with a breakaway try from a missed tackle but West replied with one of their own after some quick hands released winger Stephen Aspery. 

Both sides scored regularly up to half-time with defensive mistakes costing both teams. 

West started the second half more brightly, scoring early after some silky hands from the backs and they took advantage of their pace out wide with tries from Stephen Aspery and Joe-Lewis Mitchell. 

The home forwards began to dominate in the scrum and lineout, providing a solid base for scrum-half Jack Wicks to distribute the ball quickly. 

Fly half Sam Moses added his name to the West account before Connor Clarke scored his debut try, adding to his Adrian Flux Man of the Match performance. 

Thurston regrouped to add scores of their own in the final few minutes before two quick tries from West saw out the game, gaining a bonus point.

Swanborough said: “With the table being so close, it is going to make it an exciting second half of the season, especially as we have home games against some of the top sides. 

“We must continue to work hard on our defence, which will win us games, but this relies on the on-going commitment from all players at training.” 

He gets the chance to see if that is forthcoming this evening when West make the short trip to Ely, 7.30pm, for their final fixture before the Christmas break.

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