Fakenham come through stern physical challenge to make it eight wins out of eight
PUBLISHED: 09:10 09 November 2017
Mike Wyatt ABIPP
Fakenham travelled to Great Yarmouth-Broadland with five changes from the previous week’s team but still in good spirits, having won seven from seven.
The conditions were wet with a strong wind, not the best for handling and running rugby.
Fakenham scored early with Jordi Walker cutting a strong line, taking a pass at speed and breaking through a number of tackles to score under the post, with Tom Bane-Young converting.
Broadland, with the bigger set of forwards, pressed but the defence held firm and when the home side were awarded a penalty they opted to kick and reduced the arrears.
Fakenham again looked dangerous in attack and surged forward. A swift passing move saw Murray Tindall break the Broadland defensive line and score the second try of the game, converted by Bane-Young.
The visitors went in search of more tries and Walker scored his second with some strong running to go in again under the posts. Bane-Young once more converted to take the score to 3-21.
Broadland rallied and in the dying minutes of the half were awarded a penalty in front of posts which was converted to make it 6-21.
The second half saw Fakenham go through a period of trying to escape from their 22m zone only to turn the ball over and have to defend again. Thankfully they had not forgotten how to defend and kept the hosts out.
Fakenham finally broke out of their half, with a mixture of forwards’ and backs’ inter-passing covering 70 metres. After two moves infield the breakdown was secured and the ball was whipped out to the right wing where Tindall scored his second try to move the score on to 6-26.
Both teams then had spells of dominance but neither could add to the score. Fakenham thought they had scored another try through Jack Powell-Thorne but the referee adjudged it to have been knocked on in goal, a shame as it would have been his first try for the club.
The forwards had been in a battle against much heavier opposition all game and two of the three props used were chosen as joint Norfolk Brewhouse men-of-the-match, Powell-Thorne and Lee Mason.
Fakenham will need to improve for Saturday’s visit of Norwich Union (2pm). The seconds travel to Crusaders II (2pm).