RUGBY UNION: West Norfolk’s recent revival was ended in frustrating fashion as they suffered a 57-19 defeat at Thetford.
It leaves the battle for third place in Division Three Eastern Counties of the London & South East Leagues wide open with West holding a five-point advantage over their hosts with three games to play.
West went into the match on the back of five straight wins but a number of unavailabilities left them forced into changes.
West gave away a number of penalties, resulting in three points for Thetford and a converted breakaway try put the hosts further clear.
Quick distribution by fly half Sam Moses put winger Jamie-Lee Flores in space to cross the line, converted by Moses.
Thetford exploited space out wide to score another converted try and quick thinking and an interception brought another.
Jamie Williamson picked up and drove from short range to crash over for a try, converted by Moses, to leave West trailing 22-14 at the break.
Thetford used their speedy backs to take advantage of a depleted West back line in the second half and four unanswered tries secured victory before West rallied with Adrian Flux Man of the Match Williamson going over again, only for Thetford to hit back with another try of their own.
Team manager Damien Fish said it had been a disappointing day for the team. He added: “It’s how we react to this loss that matters, especially with the Norfolk Intermediate Cup semi-final on Saturday. We know how well we can play, as we have shown in the last few months.
“We can put this weekend behind us and get back to winning ways.”