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Away win at last for Wymondham

PUBLISHED: 12:19 05 March 2010 | UPDATED: 15:19 14 July 2010

Wymondham in line-out action.

Wymondham in line-out action.

Wymondham Rugby Club have had to wait for a year and six days to taste first-team victory away from home, but the wait ended on Saturday when they scraped home against a determined West Norfolk.

Wymondham Rugby Club have had to wait for a year and six days to taste first-team victory away from home, but the wait ended on Saturday when they scraped home against a determined West Norfolk.

This weekend Wymondham host South Woodham Ferrers in London Three North-East, who suffered their heaviest away defeat since March 2003 on Saturday, making it three losses in a row.

However, Wymondham should be warned against complacency as Woodham still have a strong team spirit and will be looking to rebuild some pride.

In Merit Table clashes Wymondham seconds host West Norfolk while the thirds visit UEA.

West Norfolk 16, Wymondham 20

The commitment shown by both sides could have made this a turgid affair but it was just the opposite, with the lead often switching.

Tom Wilson, playing his final match of the season before departing for six weeks in Australia and the Far East, had an inspired game, helping to give Wymondham great territorial gains with some astute kicking.

However, it was West Norfolk who took the lead when Mike Hogan struck a neat penalty.

Eight minutes later Wymondham were in front. Good support from the forwards, led by skipper and Leathes Prior Man of the Match Andrew Nelson, provided Kirk Vincent with the chance to score his first senior try for the club and colt James Wyatt struck a superb conversion from wide out.

Wymondham's lead was cut immediately as Hogan got his second penalty as the visitors transgressed.

With half-time approaching the hosts turned their third chance into points when West Norfolk's Tulip Man of the Match Jamie Williamson crashed over for a try but Hogan missed the kick.

Wyatt slotted over from 35 metres to bring the scores back to a one-point margin and Wymondham then took the lead after mounting a counter-attack, with Josh Cousens scoring in the corner after some excellent forward work.

Hogan missed a relatively easy kick before former Wymondham College student Neil Thurston offloaded to Neil Langley who put West back in front, Hogan once again missing the chance to add the extra points with the game moving into injury time.

Wymondham, with a now dominant pack, drove remorselessly to the West line but looked to have squandered the chance as West won a line-out. But John Morfoot, out of retirement again, emerged from the melée to crash over and seal a great win.

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