Libby Lockwood breaks away for West.Pictures: Ed Navrady.

RUGBY UNION: A full-on first five minutes helped West Norfolk blow away their festive cobwebs in the Women’s National Championship East One.

Visitors Southwold Swallows put the hosts on the back foot with some early scores.

They stole the ball to score between the posts for an easily-converted opener and, despite Libby Lockwood crossing the line for a try converted by Tiff Turner to level, the Suffolk side were soon back in front with another converted effort.

But it was virtually all West after that as they motored clear in their new kit, sponsored by BMW Listers Mini.

Lucy Shaw seized her moment to score, with Turner converting from a difficult angle to give the hosts the lead for the first time.

West scored twice more before half-time with a second for Lockwood and another for vice-captain Amber Wadlow.

West led 24-12 at the break and pushed on in the second half on their way to a 41-19 victory.

The forwards continued to crash through Southwold’s defensive line with brilliant carries by Ella Fuller, Rosie Lingham, Jada Nicole, Lockwood, Mary Hegarty and Leah Watson. 

Three more tries came, rewarding the hard work of Hegarty and Nicole, with a try out on the wing from Turner. 

West welcomed back Vicki Hopps and Zoe Sharp from injury with Sharp converting Nicole’s try.

Turner was back of the match with Fuller crowned top forward. 

West Norfolk Ladies train on Wednesdays (6pm, girls from Year 7, and 7pm ladies) at the club in Gatehouse Lane, North Wootton.