Disappointing for Upminster

PUBLISHED: 11:34 31 October 2010

Home loss for rugby men

Upminster fell to another disappointing home defeat, this time going down 23-6 against Norwich.

The hosts attacked up the Hall Lane slope for the first half, but were soon behind after gifting Norwich a penalty.

A serious cut to no.8 Dan Cuerden led to the match beind moved onto the more compact second pitch, but Upminster were quickly back on level terms as Jamie Pavitt slotted a penalty.

Good phases of play from both sides could have resulted in tries, had the final ball been better, but Norwich regained the lead with another penalty.

The visitors made a key breakthrough with about five minutes remaining in the half, when a good offload put their winger in the clear and he touched down in the corner.

A successful conversion left Upminster 13-3 down at the break and the second half was a similar story.

Aggressive defensive work from both sides limited any real try scoring chances, but Upminster closed the gap to seven points with a long-range penalty by Pavitt.

That was as close as the home side would get, though, as their extensive defensive work began to take its toll.

Norwich found gaps across the field in the closing stages and, after some good lines of running, crossed the line twice more to end up comfortable winners.

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