RUGBY UNION: West Norfolk virtually assured themselves of second place in the Women’s National Championship East One table as they completed their home season with a 39-0 demolition of third-placed Stanford-le-Hope at Gatehouse Lane on Sunday.
West have two games left, both away, at the division’s bottom two teams, and are 13 points clear of fourth-placed Woodbridge, who also have two games remaining, while Stanhope have finished their fixtures.
West were keen to blow away uncomfortable memories of the dramatic draw from their previous meeting with the Essex team in November.
The weather tried to control the game with wet, windy and muddy conditions throughout bringing a tough challenge for both sides.
West opened the scoring through vice-captain Amber Wadlow, whose eagle eyes saw a space between defenders, metres from the line, and she dived over the line.
Teamwork and support allowed Libby Lockwood to make her trademark breaks through the lines of defence and her work was rewarded with a hat-trick of tries.
Zoe Sharp also added to her tally of tries and powerfully kicked conversions.
The muddier it became, the harder it was to handle the ball and it appeared the same applied to players with Jada Moats appearing to twist and turn out of tackles each time she touched the ball.
The second half saw the forwards take further control with Rosie Lingham and Mary Hegarty driving the ball over the line to score twice more.
Forward of the match Mary Hegarty failed to stop moving ahead, despite having opposition players hanging from her.
Back of the match was Laura Delany, who impressed, despite playing out of position.
West are at Lakenham Hewett on Sunday.