Jack Wicks gets the ball away at Southwold.Picture: ROZ BRIDGES.

RUGBY UNION: A resolute display from a depleted West Norfolk side almost earned them reward at Southwold in London League Two on Saturday.

Unfortunately, the loss of fly half Sam Moses to a red card and playing uphill into the wind, proved a bridge too far and they went down 33-22.

Injury and Covid absences meant a flurry of changes with head coach Aaron Beaumont starting at hooker, Nic Bull at No.6 and Louis Jones, Kyle Hind and Lewis Rudd bolstering the back line. 

West were quick out of the blocks and Bull opened the scoring, converted by Moses. 

Hind then offloaded for scrum half Jack Wicks to put the visitors two tries to the good. 

West added a penalty to their score before Southwold crashed their way over the visitors’ line leading to a scuffle under the posts. A slightly harsh red card for Moses left West short-handed for almost 60 minutes but they dig deep.

Southwold’s superior numbers eventually told when they clambered over to add to their score. 

James Dobbler used his Herculean strength to take two Southwold defenders over the line with him to give West a glimmer of hope but in the final few minutes a quick home try followed by a kicked penalty secured a home win and denied West the chance of a losing bonus point. 

The Adrian Flux Man of the Match was Nic Bull.

Beaumont was delighted with the effort showed by his teammates and said: “It was great to see (and be involved in) with another sharp start.

“We caught Southwold cold with some big carries and fast ruck speed, although we probably left a possible two additional tries out on the field, which would have put the game out of reach for Southwold. 

“Losing a man so early in the game and having to play the second half up-hill and into the wind was always going to be a tough challenge. 

“However, we got stuck into the game and had chances to win but couldn’t quite make up for the slower start to the second half.