Fakenham RFC record yet another bonus point victory
PUBLISHED: 18:26 16 January 2018 | UPDATED: 18:26 16 January 2018
Mike Wyatt ABIPP
Last Saturday saw Eastern Counties One North champions Fakenham travel south to Diss to take on their second XV.
The match started brightly for Fakenham with a high intensity game moving them up the field quickly.
The first score came within five minutes of the kick-off. Fakenham reversed the direction of attack and Joe Bane-Young fed debutant flanker Rob Ward. He initially juggled the catch, but once he had the ball secure he broke a tackle and found himself with a 20-metre sprint to the line.
Fakenham kept up the pressure and it wasn’t long before the second score came. Following a line-out, Fakenham ran a couple of phases, with the forwards taking the play into the centre of the field. With Diss’s defence drawn in, Bane-Young was again involved, this time giving the pass to No 8 Howard Kellock who had an untouched 10-metre run to the line.
Diss were trying to use their big forwards to set some phases together but the ball was dislodged in a tackle. Kellock was the first to react and scooping up the ball he headed for the line. A simple pass was given and winger Brett Stolworthy was able to coast over for a try converted by Lloyd Marshall.
With Fakenham leading 17-0 Diss started to become more competitive and were able to put several phases together before moving the ball out wide to the left wing who crossed for their first points of the day, making the score 17-5 at the break.
Early in the second half Fakenham kicked for a line-out five metres from the Diss try line from which they built a strong maul and surged forward. Callum Frost was in control of the ball and put in the final shove to score the touch down which was converted by Marshall.
Diss managed to get a score out of a period of pressure, quickly spreading it wide to allow the right wing space to score in the corner.
Fakenham’s final try came from left wing Luke Taylor. A strong running line took him through the Diss line and and he had a clear run for the final 25 metres.
This took the score to 29-10 in favour of Fakenham which was how it finished, maintaining a full set of bonus point wins.
On Saturday the first and seconds are both playing at Swaffham (2pm), the former in one of two re-arranged games that are coming up.