Ipswich YM 5 Fakenham 62: Promising season ends with a comprehensive away win
PUBLISHED: 08:05 11 April 2019
Mike Wyatt ABIPP
Fakenham rounded off a highly satisfactory campaign in London 3EC with comprehesinve win at bottom of the table Ipswich YM on Saturday to seal a fifth place finish.
The visitors took the lead after five minutes, running the ball wide to allow Murray Tindall to touch down, with Lloyd Marshall knocking over the first of six conversions.
Two minutes later the process was repeated as Tindall ran most of the length of the field to score under the posts.
This was to prove the pattern of the first half, with Ipswich YM seeming to be totally outclassed.
The next two tries were down to Josh Gee and after 19 minutes the score was 0-28. Fakenham captain Jordii Walker then decided he would join the party with a try before a good handling move from the backs put Tindall over again for his third try of the day.
Walker then chased a long clearance ball and after running almost the length of the pitch scored an impressive solo try.
Rubbing salt into the wounds, Fakenham collected the kick-off and ran it through the backs to winger Brett Stolworthy who duly ran down the field to make the half-time score 0-52.
After the restart Ipswich started off in a much stronger manner, their defence forcing Fakenham to go properly through the phases.
A knock on gave the hosts a scrum just inside their own half from which they mounted their best attack of the game so far, only for Fakenham to turn the ball over, with the chase kick allowing Marshall to join the growing list of try scorers.
The next 20 minutes was a much tighter affair and following a drive from a maul Ipswich were finally over the line to a very loud cheer from their spectators with 10 minutes to go.
As the game entered its final stages forward passes and knock-ons from both sides spoiled promising moves but finally another knock-on from Ipswich saw Fakenham win the scrum and an offload from Rob Ward allowed Walker to score the final try of the game and with a missed conversion the full-time score was 5-62.
There are no games this Saturday while the following weekend should see the last home game of the season, the annual Hogston Crowley Cup game against Thetford (3pm).