Fakenham come through tough test to maintain perfect start to league season
- Credit: Archant
Fakenham hosted a strong Swaffham side on a windy Saturday afternoon.
The visitors put in a strong physical performance but Fakenham came out winners with a four-try bonus point to retain their unbeaten league record.
The wind caused trouble for both sides, with line-out throws going astray and passes not always going to hands.
Fakenham’s scrum and line-out were put under pressure throughout the match by a good Swaffham pack and it wasn’t until midway through the first half that they were finally able to open the scoring.
A slick running line and determination allowed Josh Sperring to get to the try line and touch down, with Tom Bane Young converting.
You may also want to watch:
Soon after the ball was spun wide and Luke Taylor evaded a couple of defenders to score in the corner.
A lapse in concentration then resulted in missed tackles and Swaffham were able to pull a score back, taking it up to 12-7 at half-time.
- 1 Historic pub seeking new licence despite neighbour concerns
- 2 Proposal could see eight new homes built in Fakenham
- 3 'We will not be deterred' - Allotment user building group following vandals
- 4 A real quacker! Town comes together for popular riverside day
- 5 Shed set alight, 16 broken into and pumpkins destroyed at allotments
- 6 Seven fire engines called to blaze on housing estate
- 7 ‘It went up like a matchstick’ - Neighbour’s horror at blaze
- 8 Person pulled from car as rain lashes region
- 9 Two fisherman saved from boat taking on water
- 10 Fundraisers come out swinging at charity golf day
The second half continued in much the same manner with excellent competitive rugby. Fakenham’s third try was the result of a well worked backs move using Jordi Walker to draw in the defence and opening a large hole for Ian Williamson to gallop through.
Swaffham got past Fakenham’s otherwise solid defence to score in the corner before Adam Lingwood scored the final home try. The Swaffham defence was expecting the ball to be moved out from a ruck leaving no defenders directly in front and Lingwood picked up the ball, took it straight over the ruck and ran in for the score.
Swaffham were pressuring the Fakenham line right to the final whistle but there were no further scores.
Fakenham held their commanding position at the top and move on to play Beccles away on Saturday (3pm).
The derby match in Eastern Counties Three North saw Fakenham II lose 50-19 at home to Dereham.
Fakenham were unable to handle the strength of Dereham’s runners and found themselves missing tackles and allowing the visitors to run at their line. But they remained competitive throughout and scored three well worked tries through Adam Steele (2) and Sean Whitesides.
Fakenham II play Norwich III away on Saturday (3pm).