Swaffham give Eastern Counties One table-toppers West Norfolk a helping hand

West Norfolk go into the weekend on top of Greene King Eastern Counties Division One again thanks to a little bit of help from fierce rivals Swaffham.

West reclaimed pole position following a hard-fought 14-11 victory at Broadland-Great Yarmouth while previous table-toppers Ely lost 21-17 at Swaffham – now seven games unbeaten since they were hammered by West in the first competitive derby between the two clubs earlier this term.

Chairman Ian 'Spike' Milligan is delighted by the side's form and feels they are really starting to make their mark at a higher level.

He said on his club's website: 'This was a massive performance by the squad. The pack scrummaged superbly all game. The lineouts, especially the defensive ones, with Matty Taylor and Cameron Wood winning ball from Ely's throws were outstanding.

'However, the defensive performance from one to 15 was game winning. The tries were all well executed and finished and considering every visit into the Ely 22 returned with seven points shows how ruthless this squad is.'

Tries from Stig Terzza, Ed Jones, Jordan Mustard and three conversions from the boot of man-of-the-match Joe Milligan clinched the memorable victory. Swaffham, now fourth, visit eighth-placed Crusaders tomorrow in a rematch of the last two Norfolk Junior Cup finals.

West, who have played a game less than Ely and have already picked up an extra point, entertain Harwich & Dovercourt off the back of a spirited victory.

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Despite a visible size difference in the forwards, the West pack were able to control the scrums well and from this platform allow fly half Ed Maule to set the speedy backline free. This paid off quickly with full back Alex Singleton clinically finishing a move to score. Maule added the conversion to give West a 7-0 lead.

West continued to build the pressure through a series of attacking lineouts as Broadland began to leak penalties. This ended with flanker Neil Thurston crashing over from a well worked maul and drive. Maule added the extras to double Wests' advantage at 14-0. With only 20 minutes gone West then clearly took the foot off the gas to leave it at 14-5 just before the break.

The second half began badly for West who were rather unlucky to be penalised straight from the kick off, giving Broadland a chance to make it 14-8. They converted a late penalty to make it 14-11 but West hung on.