Edwards leads way as West bounce back in style

EASTERN COUNTIES LEAGUE: West Norfolk bounced back from their first defeat of the season as they beat Crusaders 36-6 at Gatehouse Lane.

Edwards led the way with a hat-trick to keep West breathing down the necks of the top two in Division One, Cantabrigian and Stowmarket.

Edwards opened the scoring with a try converted by Maule and then Trims jinked his way over, with a Maule penalty making the score 15-0 at the break.

Singleton burst down the right to stretch West's lead after the break before two further tries from Edwards further increased the home side's advantage.

Crusaders grabbed a deserved consolation try near the end but there was no doubting it was West's day.

Holt are fourth in the table after beating Harwich and Dovercourt 15-8 to record their fifth win in seven league games.

The hosts made a bright start and after 12 minutes Girling made a good break and following some inter-passing, Jarry-Ryan scored a try in the corner to put his side 5-0 ahead.

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This inspired the hosts to play some of the best rugby of the match and two minutes later Woods scored from a push-over scrum.

Holt were still not finished and scored their third try in seven minutes when Robson outpaced the defence on the left to touch down, giving his side a 15-0 lead.

Holt went looking for the fourth try and a bonus point, but they could not deliver the killer blow and the visitors reduced the arrears with a penalty before adding an unconverted try after the interval.

At the foot of the table Fakenham had something to smile about at last as they beat fellow strugglers Thurston 17-12 to record their first win of the campaign.

In Division Two Thetford also won for the first time as they returned from Lakenham Hewett with a 38-11 success.

The leading Norfolk side in the section at present are Dereham, who won 28-20 at Hadleigh to make it three wins out of five.

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