Campion 11, Norwich 13

Norwich were made to fight very hard for their narrow win in a strong wind which proved a great leveller.

Campion played down the slope in the first half taking first blood with a well struck penalty from fly-half Rory Crisp. However, Norwich struck back straight away with an unconevrted try by scrum-half Josh Ives after a flowing movement was stopped near the line.

Norwich appeared to be getting on top but had to wait another 20 minutes before Ives scored again after they had won the ball against the head with some very aggressive scrummaging.

If Norwich had any notions of running away with the game they were swiftly dispelled. The home side scored a fine try when the Norwich inside backs were caught flat footed and left wing Dan Phimister went over in the corner.

With the half-time score 10-8 in Norwich's favour the visitors were looking to take advantage of the considerable slope in the second half and initially it looked as though this would happen. But despite a period of intense pressure they could not get over the line.


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There were times when the forwards seemed to have contracted a dose of 'white line fever'. As a result Campion – whose defence, well marshalled by former North Walsham scrum-half Phil Friel, had been superb, got back into the game. It was as much as they deserved when Crisp kicked a penalty to put them ahead.

The last 20 minutes turned into a dogfight which did not suit Norwich, but they regained the lead with a crucial penalty from Rob Micklethwaite and then managed to hang onto until the final whistle, despite having hooker JJ Waters yellow carded for the last 10 minutes.

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Norwich now face three difficult matches, with Newmarket away next week followed by home games against Basildon and Lowestoft & Yarmouth respectively.

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