Norwich lost 12:10 to Wymondham this weekend in a tough, well fought double header league/Norfolk cup game.
With Norwich challenging for promotion and going to play Wymondham who are bravely fighting against relegation for the first time in the clubs history.
The game started with Norwich looking the more dominant, but a pulled penalty by Rob Micklethwaite kept the scores level, in spite of the heavy pressure they applied. John Snowling had to be taken off with what looked to be a nasty compound finger fracture during some ferocious Wymondham defending.
Just before half time a clearance kick from Norwich didn’t reach touch, creating an opportunity for Wymondham to attack. Alex Brugger caught it, dodged two tackles with his pace and skill. Norwich fullback, Rob Micklethwaite, made a great tackle, but the ball fell unfortunately to Pena Sokia, who made no mistake as the Fijan scored in the corner, much to the delight of the home crowd, giving Wymondham a half time lead.
Norwich were hurt by this and responded well forcing their attack to split Wymondhmas defence, which had been solid all day, until Gareth Leake smashed his way through to equalise.
Tom Wilson missed a penalty for the home side leaving the door open for Norwich to take the lead in classy style. Dougie Greenwood caught a kick from midfield, darted though Wymondham’s defence, passed to veteran George Pope who linked up well with Ross Adnitt, a star performer for Norwich in this match, who put the Lions in the lead for the first time today.
However, this deficit sparked Wymondham into life who began to play some inspiring rugby putting Norwich on the back foot. Norwich fought hard and looked to have survived the onslaught, but a poorly cleared kick again not reaching touch allowed Wymondham to switch the play to Stephen Simms. Simms put a superb angled cross field kick into the Norwich twentytwo. Norwich winger Clarke Hindle held back Jake Gover who was picking up the loose ball to score, resulting in a penalty try and Tom Wilson converted to give the home side a two point lead, with 15 minutes left.
Norwich then threw the kitchen sink at Wymondham in a desperate attempt to pull the game back, but the home side stood firm, despite conceding four penalties, but this nail biting end had no more twists or turns as the Lions suffered defeat.
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