Four tries for Adnitt as Norwich go marching on
NORWICH 46, S WOODHAM FERRERS 6: Norwich maintained their improved form in London 3NE when they comfortably saw off the challenge of their Essex visitors to make it three wins on the trot.
Early on the game see-sawed from end to end, with both sides failing to capitalise on the other's mistakes. But 20 minutes in Norwich were encamped on the visitors' line and it was no surprise when No 8 Ross Adnitt touched down from a push-over try. Rob Micklethwaite banged over the conversion to give Norwich the advantage.
From the restart a fine break from Hancocks should have brought a score but the final pass was forward. Another clear-cut chance was created moments later but skipper Aaron Swanborough could not quite hang on to the final pass.
However in compensation for the fluffed chances flanker Paul Micklethwaite got the touch down from a driving maul and his brother was successful with the conversion half way out to put Norwich in the driving seat with a 14-point lead. From the restart Norwich conceded a penalty which was converted by centre Andrew Williams for the visitors to reduce the deficit.
The Norwich forwards were definitely getting the upper hand and from a line-out Adnitt crashed over for his second try which Rob Micklethwaite could not convert. On the stroke of half-time flanker Paul Micklethwaite charged down a defensive kick and man of the match JJ Waters pounced on the loose ball for a try. Rob Micklethwaite was unsuccessful with the conversion to give Norwich an interval lead of 24-3.
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Immediately after half-time Norwich scored again after a lovely break by Hancocks who looked as though he had scored but Adnitt was on hand to get the try. Rob Micklethwaite kicked another conversion to further increase the Norwich lead. This score seemed to end any chance of the visitors getting back in the game especially when Micklethwaite added a simple penalty to his tally shortly afterwards.
However when Jon Bugg got a yellow card with 25 minutes left the visitors rallied and were only held out by some excellent Norwich defence. Further tries from Waters, who showed remarkable pace for a front row forward from a line-out, which was splendidly converted from the touchline by Rob Micklethwaite and Adnitt, his fourth of the game which was not converted, wrapped the game up for Norwich.
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Norwich thoroughly deserved this win, varying their game throughout with some good positional kicking from the half backs and some quality line- out ball from Freddie Cook and the rest of the forwards.