RUGBY: Ely Tigers beaten by table-toppers West Norfolk
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Ely Tigers were beaten by the London 3 Eastern Counties table-toppers last Saturday.
The local lads went down 29-14 to West Norfolk at Cambridge Commodities Park.
Tigers opened the scoring against the run of play as Jake Alsop charged down a kick, gathered the loose ball and raced in for a try which he converted himself.
But that merely served as a wake-up call for the pacesetting visitors who responded with a converted try of their own moments later.
And North Norfolk then hit the front on the stroke of half-time with another seven-point haul after touching down in the corner. Tigers' appeals that a visiting winger was out of play before releasing the ball during the build-up were ignored.
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The next try in the second half was always going to be crucial with the game finely poised and it went the way of West Norfolk after they broke from the rear of a scrum.
And their advantage was soon extended further as a number of missed tackles from Tigers were punished despite the best efforts of Joel Scott Paul.
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West Norfolk then kicked a penalty to complete their haul of points before Tigers hit back with a consolation try.
Scott Paul touched down in the corner after being fed the ball by Ryan Clark and Alsop again added the extras.
The defeat leaves third-placed Tigers 13 points off the pace being set by their West Norfolk conquerors.
They trail second-placed Cantabs by 11 points but can close that gap when travelling to take on the Cambridge side this Saturday in their final outing of 2019.