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Wanstead 12 Norwich 10
Wanstead 12 Norwich 10
After their excellent performance against Saffron Walden a fortnight ago Norwich supporters were looking forward to the match at Wanstead which has not been a happy hunting ground for them in recent seasons.
Norwich dominated the early exchanges but were unable to turn that into points and Wanstead gradually drove them back aided by the number of penalties they gave away.
Wanstead then camped close to the Norwich line and after a succession of pick and go drives scored a converted try to give them a 7 – 3 advantage after 21 minutes.
Three minutes later Jason Hynd was yellow carded for off-side as the referee ran out of patience with the number of penalties Norwich were conceding. With a player short Norwich were unable to stop a backline move in the 28th minute which enabled the Wanstead left wing to break through an attempted tackle and kick ahead to beat Norwich’s cover defence. The try was unconverted.
For the next 12 minutes each side had periods of ascendency which culminated on the stroke of half-time in a penalty award and a yellow card for a Wanstead player. The kick was from a wider angle and greater distance than the previous successful kick and was missed. The score stood at 12 – 3 for half time.
Norwich failed to make their numerical superiority count at the beginning of the second half although they played almost entirely in the Wanstead 22. After 16 minutes Robbie Bridgstock took a quick penalty and went over the Wanstead line to score. The try was converted taking the score to 12 – 10.
Norwich then spent most of the rest of the match in the Wanstead half of the pitch but knock-ons, taking poor options, including not kicking for goal when penalties were awarded, a weak lineout performance and some errant passing meant that they never managed to cross the Wanstead line again.
Debutant centre Rudyard Gant came close, in the corner, to stealing it but was just ushered into touch over the corner flag by the covering defender.
In the last minute a penalty was awarded to Norwich at the edge of Mike Lawton’s range which just faded with the wind and passed the left hand post.
This was a game that Norwich should have won and they will have been disappointed not to be able to deliver the win they and their supporters hoped for.
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