West Norfolk let it slip in closing stages of derby match against Wisbech

North Walsham on the front foot as they head for another excellent win. Picture: Hywel Jones

North Walsham on the front foot as they head for another excellent win. Picture: Hywel Jones - Credit: Archant

West Norfolk's tough start to the new league campaign continued as they renewed old rivalries at Wisbech.

Despite a number of injuries and unavailabilities, West arrived in good spirits and were able to field talented newcomers Rory Jones, Matt Clemans and Adam Fox alongside the more seasoned players, including winger Will Knox in his last game before moving to London.

Early West pressure saw the visitors on the attack through second row Edney Costa, but a couple of loose turnovers enabled the hosts to open up a 12-0 lead.

West were proving dominant at the scrum and an attack through the forwards saw Yousef Edris make a powerful break.

With Wisbech scrambling their defence a penalty try was conceded to pull the score back to 12-7.

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A quickly-taken penalty almost ended with another West try as Knox gathered a kick through, only to lose possession on the line. Wisbech then caught West with their third try to extend the lead to 19-7.

As the first half came to a close, another exciting break from the West backline saw centre Matt Clemans slice through the hosts' defence, offloading to Knox, who combined with fellow winger Rory Jones to score and leave it at 19-12 at the interval.

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Wisbech added a penalty before West went back on the offensive. A neat backs move saw centre Olly Denton create space for full-back Alex Singleton to accelerate through and score, closing the gap to 22-17.

The hosts replied almost immediately as West switched, but the visitors regrouped with a midfield surge from captain Paul Bridges. The ball was recycled quickly and fed out wide to Knox, who sliced past the trailing Wisbech defenders to score, Singleton adding the conversion.

At 29-24 West seemed to be within reach of their first league win of the season.

However, a couple of sloppy miss-passes as the visitors pressed for another score allowed Wisbech to add to their lead.

With the wind taken out of their sales and injuries taking their toll Wisbech struck twice again to complete the victory.

Adrian Flux Man of the Match: Will Knox.

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