They say getting a victory when you are not at your best is a sign of a good team - step forward Letchworth Garden City Rugby Club.

Their trip to Norwich in Regional Two Anglia ended with a 17-11 success but not the performance that the Legends players, staff and fans have come to expect in what has been an excellent season so far.

The Norfolk hosts had their noses in front at half-time and while the end of the game had a spluttering Letchworth pushing for a fourth try and a bonus point, Norwich almost snatched the victory in dying moments.

A superb steal by Oscar Robinson prevented that and allowed Josh Sharp to clear to touch from the dead ball area, ensuring the four points returned to Hertfordshire.

The early stages looked as if it could be a repeat of the demolition at Legends Lane when the then hosts romped to a 51-12 success.

Letchworth's forwards drove hard at the Norwich line and a superb reverse pass by Harvey Howman allowed Luke Mongston to carve his way through for a great try.

Sharp's conversion hit the posts, however, and the away team would not trouble the scoreboard for the remainder of the half.

A lot of the contest was spent in the middle of the park, neither side getting enough of a hold on the game.

The penalty count though proved Letchworth's undoing and as that rose, it handed Norwich chances.

Conan Hoey took two of the kicking opportunities but missed a third. It was still enough though for a 6-5 lead at the break.

Letchworth resumed without Tom Lewis, who turned his ankle, but they still seized the initiative and by the hour mark, they had added two more tries.

A break led by Sharp and Kyle Hughes saw the ball pushed wide to Tatenda Gurure to score with the extras kicked.

Kieran Davies, Chris Gibbs and Mongston were involved in the next one, Gurure again crossing the whitewash although the conversion was missed.

But Norwich weren't done. They barrelled up the field to go over with a driving maul in the corner

Fortunately for the visitors the kick was missed but it was still a six-point game.

There was still time for a Letchworth wobble.

Dan Peasnell was sent-off in the final minute and it led to the final assault from Norwich and Robinson's vital intervention.

The win was not enough to keep Letchworth top of the table, however. The lack of a bonus point meant Southend Saxons, who had started the day level with the Legends, jumped above them after they were handed a home walkover and five points against Chingford.

Chelmsford at home is Letchworth's next game.

Hitchin's trip to Hackney in Counties One Herts Middlesex was a victim of the frozen ground.

They host Ruislip on Saturday.