CAMPION 11 NORWICH 13
Norwich were made to fight very hard for this win in Romford on Saturday .There was a strong wind blowing across the ground which proved to be a great leveller .Neither side coped with it very well with some of the kicking out of hand being very ordinary indeed .Campion played down the slope in the first half taking first blood with a well struck penalty from fly half Rory Crisp half way out but the wind made life for place kickers difficult so this was a good effort.
However Norwich struck back straight away with a try by scum half Josh Ives after a flowing movement was stopped near the Campion line .When the ball reappeared Ives was on hand to score. Rob Micklethwaite was unsuccessful with the conversion.
Norwich at this stage appeared to be getting on top but they had to wait another 20 minutes before Ives scored again after Norwich had won the ball against the head with some very aggressive scrummages. He shot through a gap ran 20 metres to go over unopposed .The try was not converted.
If Norwich had any notions of running away with the game these were swiftly dispelled when the home side scored a fine try when the Norwich inside backs were caught flat footed and left wing Dan Phimister went over in the corner after the ball had gone through several pairs of hands .Crisp could not land the difficult conversion.
With the half time score 10-8 in Norwich’s favour the visitors were looking to take advantage of the considerable slope in the second half and to start with it looked as though this would happen .But despite a period of intense pressure on the Campion line Norwich could not get over the lines.
There were times when the forwards seemed to have contracted a major dose of white line fever failing to control possession and being patient .As a result Campion whose defence well marshalled by former North Walsham scrum half Phil Friel had been superb got back into the game .It was as much as they deserved when Crisp kicked a penalty after 20 minutes to put them ahead .
The last 20 minutes turned into a dog fight which did not suit Norwich but they managed to regain the lead with a crucial penalty from Micklethwaite which although it was in front of the posts on the 22 metre line was eminently miss-able in the wind .The youngster coolly slotted the kick to give Norwich a slender lead which they managed to hang onto until the final whistle despite having hooker JJ Waters yellow carded for the last 10 minutes.
Norwich face 3 difficult weeks with Newmarket away next week followed by home games against Basildon and Lowestoft and Yarmouth respectively and they know that they have to improve if they stand any chance of getting into the play-offs.
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