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Your News South Woodham Ferrers 15 - West Norfolk 24

South Woodham made their longest away trip of the season to West Norfolk on the back of several changes to the squad. Injuries to Williams and talisman Gateson had given chances to the young talents of Gilbert and Rowinski, and Prop Gittos returned after a period on the sideline. Despite the alterations Woodham's youthful back line still carried a huge attacking threat and a pack that was growing in strength and confidence after the win against Wanstead.

Woodham's backs answered any pre match questions after the first five minutes when good interlinking play between forwards and backs released Duggan on a trademark barreling run, breaking through several tackles to catch the home team cold. Dukelow assuming kicking responsibilities this week duly obliged to add the extra two. A few minutes later, further Woodham pressure resulted in the award of a penalty which the pin point Dukelow slotted to give the visitors a 10-0 lead.

Woodham had started the stronger but West Norfolk soon showed why - despite their league position - they are renowned as one of the hardest teams to beat in the league. After some good counter rucking from the home forwards their pacy backline broke free allowing the centre to score under the posts, an easy two points followed and West Norfolk were back in the game.

Just before the break Woodham were hit with two injuries when first winger Russ and then flanker Marshall were forced off the field. Luckily thanks to the strength of Woodham's Colts division, replacements Newman And Berrick stepped into the void. Newman in sensational style when after some good attacking play the debutant scored with his first touch of the game. Although Dukelow missed the conversion Woodham took a healthy 15-7 lead into the break.

This was to prove the last points for Woodham that day as a rejuvenated West Norfolk side took to the field in the second half determined to turn their fortunes around. This attitude soon paid off when the home side were rewarded for their expansive play with the full back the undoubted star man of the West Norfolk side scoring a well worked try. The conversion brought the score to 15-14 with the home side very much in the ascendency.

West Norfolk were beginning to frustrate the visitors and a lack of front line discipline allowed the Norfolk side to take the lead for the first time. The ever reliable kicker slotting the penalty to give his team a two point cushion. Woodham showed some very positive aspects of play late on the game as they pushed for the winning score, However in the dying seconds Woodham's risky play broke down allowing West Norfolk an easy score to finish the game. Final score 24-15.

These two sides share a similar mentality of attacking rugby and both possess some talented young players. This was another close hard fought game between the two with West Norfolk deserving the two points. Woodham will take many positives out of the game. With several key players due back next week the side are eager to get back on track and will be looking for a strong performance against Wiscbech, Saltcoats 2.30ko.

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