Tindall stars with hat-trick as Fakenham make it five wins out of five
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Fakenham visited Norwich Medics for their fifth game of the season in Eastern Counties One North and came away with a fifth straight win.
Medics started the stronger of the two sides and were aggressive and fluent in attack.
For the first 20 minutes Fakenham stuttered going forward but their defence was once again solid and the Medics were unable to capitalise on the possession and territory.
Eventually Fakenham settled into their game and began to run some phases, with forwards taking it into contact, recycling the ball and allowing the backs to get the scoreboard ticking over. Determined running by Jordi Walker set the pace but it was Murray Tindall who grounded two tries in the first half, converted by Tom Bane Young.
One of these was a fantastic run in from near the halfway line, evading the Medics wing and full back to score under the uprights.
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The Medics started the second half with renewed energy but the Fakenham defence were again a match for their attack.
With the home pack beginning to tire the Fakenham forwards took advantage. The pack started to turn over rucks and make more yards running with the ball but the dominance was most evident in a scrum that was driven 15 metres to allow Howard Kellock to score from the back.
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The next try again came on the back of strong forwards play tying in the Medics defence before Josh Gee displayed his strength of running, taking the ball at full speed and breaking tackles to score under the posts.
The final try developed in similar fashion to the one before it but this time the ball was spun wide, allowing Tindall to coast in for this third of the day and sealing his man-of-the-match performance.
Fakenham seconds travelled to Holt to play their third XV, a tough encounter which was lost 50-5. Fakenham played well despite having only 13 men available to play and were able to create some excellent opportunities, giving a good Holt side a close run in the forwards.
The Fakenham try was scored by their man-of-the-match George Loades.
Dereham moved to the top of Eastern Counties Three North when they recorded an excellent 26-14 home win over a Thetford second team who had four straight wins to their name going into the game.