06:59 Tuesday 14 January 2014

Ely's promotion hopes dealt blow with loss to West Norfolk


Ely's Mitch Kennett Ely's Mitch Kennett

Ely’s aims of going up this season suffered a bitter setback as they were beaten 32-22 by West Norfolk, to fall seven points behind their fellow contenders.

The hosts scored their first try within minutes of the kick off, with the winger touching down in the corner for the unconverted score.

And it got worse for Ely as West Norfolk added another two tries in the next 15 minutes, with similar backs moves, to go over our wide and make it 19-0.

The Tigers awoke from their slumber, and were off the mark when Mitchell Kennet showed dominating strength to crash over after a quick tap penalty. Joel Scott Paul kicked the conversion.

They were given further hope of clawing back the deficit when a well-worked move forced the ball wide to Duncan Fraser, who sprinted down the wing to touch down in the corner to reduce the arrears to 19-12 at half time.

Ely became frustrated in the second half and had a player red carded for an incident at a ruck and another yellow carded for punching.

West Norfolk grabbed two tries in quick succession to pull clear of Ely again, but despite being two players down, they staged a fight back.

Ely were able to gain territory through their forwards, and then a quick switch to the blind side saw Charlie Coupland touch down in the corner for an unconverted score.

Coupland pounced for his second after quick hands along the line and it earned them a bonus point for four tries.

But West Norfolk kicked two penalties to complete their victory.

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