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Wymondham’s poor run continues with defeat at West Norfolk

PUBLISHED: 09:31 05 February 2018

Wymondham's Lacons Brewery man-of-the-match award against Stowmarket the previous week went to David Blake, who revelled in the muddy conditions. Picture: Joshua Wright

Wymondham's Lacons Brewery man-of-the-match award against Stowmarket the previous week went to David Blake, who revelled in the muddy conditions. Picture: Joshua Wright

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Wymondham suffered a fourth straight defeat after a disappointing second half at Gatehouse Lane which saw an in-form home side make it four straight wins.

They travelled to West Norfolk looking to complete a league double, with the return of forwards Josh Wright, Liam Browning and Matt Goodwin giving them a boost.

Conditions were extremely testing, with the heavy pitch indicating it would be a game for the forwards, and from the start it was obvious that this would be the case.

Great pressure from Wymondham was stopped by the bulky West forwards early on but the visitors eventually earned themselves a penalty which was missed.

West returned fire with sharp line breakers and forward play to score an unconverted try.

With Wymondham realising they must push hard to get the win, they stayed deep in opposition territory for 30 minutes to take the lead through two converted penalties from the boot of Tom Midgley.

With the forwards continuing to hold sway pressure was maintained until the half-time whistle, with Wymondham going to the break 6-5 ahead.

The second started with everything to play for.

Early on West quickly broke through with a brace of tries to take control of the game.

Realising they needed to up their urgency Wymondham decided to change their tactics and ship the ball to the backs for a change to attack.

This only proved fruitful once, with a great try from debutant winger Anwar Bouilouta who finished a well worked move in the corner.

After that Wymondham had nothing left in the tank and their game plan led to a couple more tries for the hosts. Back rower Andy MacAlister had to shift to centre due to injury as the visitors slid to their 10th league defeat of the season.

Wymondham have a break next weekend. They were due to play Thetford in the cup but will resume the following weekend in the league, again against Thetford in what they hope will be a combined fixture.

Thetford notched up a century against struggling Lowestoft & Yarmouth on Saturday, winning a one-sided encounter 106-0.

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