Eastern Counties 1 (North) Fakenham v Swaffham

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Fakenham hosted a strong Swaffham on a windy Saturday afternoon.  Swaffham put on a strong physical contest but Fakenham came out winners with a 26-12 score line and the 4-try bonus point to retain their unbeaten League record for this season.  The wind caused trouble for both sides throughout the game with lineout throws going astray and passes not always going to hands.

Fakenham's scrum and lineout were put under heavy pressure throughout the match by a good Swaffham pack.  It wasn’t until midway through the first half that Fakenham were finally able to open the scoring.  A slick running line and determination allowed Josh Sperring to get to the try line and touchdown for the opening score, which was promptly converted by Tom Bane Young.  Soon after, Fakenham were again building pressure on the Swaffham line with multiple phases from the pack.  The ball was spun wide and Luke Taylor evaded a couple of defenders to score in the corner.  At no point were the Swaffham side overwhelmed and they continued to play good rugby and attack the strong Fakenham defense.  A lapse in concentration resulted in missed tackles and Swaffham were able to bring a score back taking it up to half time at 12-7.

The second half continued in much the same manner, excellent competitive rugby with aggressive running and tackling.  Fakenham’s third try was the result of a well worked backs move using Jordi Walker to draw in the defense and opening a large hole for Ian Williamson to gallop through.  Swaffham were the next to score, a good try which allowed them to tie in Fakenham’s otherwise solid defense and score in the corner.  The final Fakenham try went to Adam Lingwood.  The Swaffham defense was expecting the ball to be moved out from a ruck leaving no defenders directly in front.  Adam spotted this, 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 hold their commanding position at the top of the table and move on to play Beccles away next week, start time usual 3:00pm.