Rugby: Harlow flattened by West Norfolk

Lifestyle / Wed 25th Mar 2015 at 11:34am

Rugby: Harlow 12 v 48 West Norfolk

On Saturday Harlow came up against what could easily be considered as the strongest side in the League. The score may be a little flattering to the visitors as a result of Harlow throwing caution to the winds in the second half in an attempt to get points onto the board when the game was already lost. That said whenever they gained possession Norfolk immediately turned it into an effective attacking situation. Harlow pressed them hard for the first quarter, having the best of the territory when no points were scored. The deadlock was broken on 20 minutes when West Norfolk slotted a penalty and then minutes later their No.8 made a break from half way to add a try which was converted for a 0 – 10 lead.

Harlow replied in style with swift hands from the Harlow backs putting Fozzie Brown in space in the WN half from where he sent a wide pass to Alasdair Phillips who beats his winger and cut round to score under the posts. Danny Smith converted taking the score to 7 – 10 in favour of the visitors. Unfortunately Harlow’s hopes were crushed 5mins before half time as W. Norfolk ran in 2 tries largely as a result of Harlow’s’ first up tackling lets them down. The game turned around at 7 – 22 to West Norfolk.

Ten minutes into the Harlow prop Peter Frost was yellow carded and WN took advantage of the 10 minute extra man advantage by scoring their 4th try converted to take their tally to 29 points and on 55 minutes they added another to go to 36.

WN switched off for 10 mins allowing scrum half Woodington to switch play and pass a lovely ball to full back Fozzie Brown punching in from deep and running in Harlow’s second try. Harlow came close again when another wide pass did not carry but then with 10 minutes to go Norfolk Re-grouped got their game together scoring 2 more tries to make it 12 – 48 at the close

This leaves Harlow in 4th place and on Saturday they are away to 8th placed Stowmarket and then on the 11th of April they are at home to bottom of table Clacton. Both games they should be able to win but the combination of a long journey to a side with home advantage may make if a little more of a challenge this week.

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