West beat leaders to take over at top

West Norfolk moved to the top of the Greene King Eastern Counties League Division One table after recording an impressive 21-0 victory over previous leaders Stowmarket at Gatehouse Lane.

Anthony Trims weighed in with two tries after winger Ali Smith had opened the scoring, with three conversions from skipper Ed Maule completing the haul.

As a result the hosts moved a point clear at the top, but while their quest for immediate promotion back to the London League set-up remains very much on course, West are taking absolutely nothing for granted, with more tough games coming up against the league's stronger sides.

'It is obviously a very pleasing result,' said Maule. 'To come out on top against the leaders, while preventing them from scoring, was a good achievement.

'It's great to be top of the table but we know there are a lot of tough games to come yet, starting with Southwold next Saturday, and there is still everything to play for.'

Stowmarket missed a couple of penalties before Smith opened the scoring after 15 minutes following a blindside break.

The visitors were always in the game but West stretched their lead on the half hour mark through Trims and went in at the break 14-0 up.

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The hosts made the game safe midway through the second period when Trims got on the end of Sam Greenwood's chip forward.

It looks like being a three-way battle for the title after Holt were narrowly beaten 14-9 by Cantabrigian, who remain in third place just three points behind West Norfolk.

Holt played with the breeze from the start and Young put his side ahead after seven minutes with a penalty. This seemed to wake up the home side and following a number of attacks, their centre scythed through to score a converted try.

Holt were showing they had the measure of their opponents and by taking the game into their half were rewarded with another Young penalty. A fine Robson tackle then stopped a certain score before Young restored the Holt lead with another penalty before the break.

Holt looked to have scored again when Jarry-Ryan made a break only to be stopped by a good tackle.

The visitors were then put under presssure and from a scrum Cantabs' scrum-half found a gap in the defensive wall to score a converted try to put his side back in the lead with seven minutes remaining.

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