Wymondham 65 Fakenham 5: Bane-Young’s early try is the only consolation for visitors

Fakenham'’s only bright spot of the day, Tom Bane-Young scoring in the corner. Picture: MIKE WYATT

Fakenham'’s only bright spot of the day, Tom Bane-Young scoring in the corner. Picture: MIKE WYATT - Credit: Archant

Fakenham travelled to Wymondham’s new £4.5m ground for another London Three Eastern Counties clash and had a tough day, with the hosts running out comfortable winners.

Within two minutes Wymondham had scored just to the right of the posts following a well-controlled driving maul set up after several foraging forward runs, with the conversion being added.

Eight minutes into the game a penalty was awarded to Fakenham for offside at the breakdown. From the resulting line-out the visitors moved the ball through the backs, finishing with a try for captain Tom Bane-Young. The conversion was missed, leaving the score at 7-5.

Sadly, this was a signal for Wymondham to up their game against a much changed Fakenham side and four minutes later they scored their second try, under the posts, leaving an easy conversion and a score of 14-5.

Fakenham continued to struggle in both set scrums and mauls and following some poor tackling the Wymondham No 8 released the ball to the backs for a try in the corner, again converted. The pattern continued without interruption and another three minutes saw Wymondham’s 10 receive a pass in midfield, dummy and loop round to score under the posts.

Just past the half hour mark a Wymondham move developed on the left, resulting in another try just to the right of the posts. With another successful conversion the scoreline was 35-5 and the hosts scored another converted try before the break.

The restart saw more of the same with Wymondham scoring another two converted tries in the opening 16 minutes.

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For the next 20 minutes Fakenham competed well and, given the deficit, showed great strength of character, but with four minutes to go another driving maul from the 15 metre line saw Wymondham score their ninth try of the game, again converted by their impressive No 10.

With matches against top-of-the-table Holt and third-place Ely still to come before the halfway point, Fakenham can only hope for a return of some of their regular players if they want to continue playing at this level following last season’s promotion.

Saturday sees yet another away fixture, this time a Senior Vase game at Chelmsford (2pm). Hopefully there will be a second team game at home, also with a 2pm start.