Veteran Morfoot has the final say
West Norfolk 16, Wymondham 20: Wymondham have had to wait for a year and six days to taste victory away from home but the wait ended on Saturday when they scraped home against a determined West Norfolk side.
West Norfolk 16, Wymondham 20
Wymondham have had to wait for a year and six days to taste victory away from home but the wait ended on Saturday when they scraped home against a determined West Norfolk side. The commitment shown by both sides could have made this a turgid affair but it was just the opposite, with the lead switching many times before Wymondham finally emerged victorious.
Tom Wilson, playing his final match of the season before departing for six weeks in Australia and the Far East, had an inspired game, helping to give Wymondham great territorial gains with some astute kicking. However, it was West Norfolk who took the lead when Mike Hogan struck a neat penalty.
Eight minutes later Wymondham were in front. Good support from the forwards, led by skipper and Leathes Prior Man of the Match Andrew Nelson, provided Kirk Vincent with the chance to score his first senior try for the club and colt James Wyatt struck a superb conversion from wide out. Wymondham's lead was cut immediately as Hogan got his second penalty as the visitors transgressed.
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With half-time approaching West Norfolk turned their third chance into points when West Norfolk's Tulip Man of the Match Jamie Williamson crashed over for a try but Hogan missed the kick.
Wyatt slotted over from 35 metres to bring the scores back to a one-point margin and Wymondham then took the lead after mounting a counter-attack, with Josh Cousens scoring in the corner after some excellent forward work.
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Hogan missed a relatively easy kick before former Wymondham College student Neil Thurston offloaded to Neil Langley who put West back in front, Hogan once again missing the chance to add the extra points with the game moving into injury time.
Wymondham, with a now dominant pack, drove remorselessly to the West line but looked to have squandered the chance as West won a line-out. But big John Morfoot, out of retirement for the second time this season, got his huge hands on the ball and emerged from the m�l�e to crash over to give Wymondham the lead again and they managed to hold out for victory.