Rosie Lingham pushes forward to keep West Norfolk in the game at Bury St Edmunds.Picture: ED NAVRADY.

RUGBY UNION: West Norfolk put up an impressive show in their Women’s National Championship East One match at leaders Bury Foxes.

West were determined to improve on their previous meeting with Bury St Edmunds, when they lost 59-0 at home to the Suffolk side.

The visitors knew it was going to be a hard and tiring match, where every tackle, pass and breakdown would be contested but were ready for the challenge and were satisfied to return across the border with a morale-boosting 10 points from a 33-10 defeat.

The hosts have won all nine of their matches and lead the table by 17 points. But this was the first time they had conceded double-figure points and only the second time they have failed to score fewer than 41 points.

Bury stole the ball to score a converted try on the wing to open the scoring but West hit back when Zoe Sharp kicked the ball cleanly through the posts from a penalty.

Continuous hard driving work from the forwards was rewarded when Rosie Lingham went over the line to give West a try. 

Sharp added an additional two points with a conversion sailing over the bar.

In the second half Libby Lockwood was unfortunate not to have a try awarded. Confident kicking by Kathryn Sharp led to line-outs close to Bury’s try line where captain, Sarah Hodge inspired conviction in her lifters that any contest in the air would be won by West.

West’s passionate, hard-fought rugby seemed to startle Bury with their improvement and determination to make the hosts work very hard for the points they scored.

Back of the match was Catherine Leach and forward of the match Claudia Langley.