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Fakenham Rugby Club deliver fitting tribute to David Swift

PUBLISHED: 18:39 02 March 2012

Fakenham 50, Lakenham Hewett 0

FAKENHAM paid the perfect tribute to club stalwart David Swift by thrashing title rivals Lakenham Hewett in Merit League Division Two.

It was Fakenham’s first home match since the sad passing of Swift, a servant of the club over many years and a minute’s silence was held in memory of ‘Swifty’ prior to kick-off.

First team captain Bob Sayer had asked the players to make it a very special day by winning this top of the table clash as a mark of respect for Swifty and his family.

Straight from the kick-off Fakenham pressed forwards and forced a knock-on from one of the Lakenham players. Fakenham had to settle for a line-out, but a great catch and set was then driven to the line and Howard Kellock touched down for the first points with only eight minutes played. Joe Bane-Young added the extra two with the conversion.

Just three minutes later Richard Warren broke through two tackles to rampage into the Lakenham 22. The visitors’ full-back stopped his run only to see the offload to Dan Starman, supporting to cover the remaining five metres, to score the second try which was converted by Bane-Young.

Two minutes later Fakenham drove into the Lakenham half and with some good handling put debutant winger Dave Savage away to score an unconverted try (19 -0).

Lakenham rallied and attaked Fakenham but handling errors saw the ball go to ground.

Approaching half-time, Bane-Young broke the defensive line and offloaded to Carl Ryder who scored a converted try making it 26-0 at the break.

The interval did not slow Fakenham’s momentum down with skipper ob Sayer crossing the line to add more points (31-0).

No 8 Kellock scored his second try of the game only two minutes later which was unconverted (36-0).

Fakenham attacked from deep in their own half and put Dave Savage away down the wing for a 60-metre try leaving all would-be tacklers in his wake to score under the posts for another 7 points (43-0).

Fakenhams final try came from another Lakenham knock-on, and the referee made good use of the advantage laws to allow Carl Harris to scoop the ball up and sprint 65 metres to score under the posts. The final points were added by prop/stand-off Carl Glossop Ryder.

Fakenham host Lowestoft and Yarmouth II in the league this Saturday (kick off 2.30pm).

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