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Fakenham 66 Thurston 26. - London Counties 3EC

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The weekend saw Fakenham further secure their mid table position in this very competitive London 3 Eastern Counties league.After Jordan Walker’s first victory as the new Fakenham captain in his opening game last week. hopes were running high for a repeat

After ten minutes play Thurston seemed slightly the stronger side, but Fakenham’s Tom Bane-Young placed a speculative kick into the away teams 22. The ball was allowed to bobble and roll with indecision from the Thurston defence, however Murray Tindal pounced on the ball to score, converted by Lloyd Marshal.
Thurston regrouped and drew level five minutes later with a well-rehearsed rolling maul, but not to be outdone, Fakenham once again took the lead shortly after with a good move from a pressured scrum 40 meters out. Fakenham’s scrum half, Luke Taylor, just managed to get the ball out and passed it to Jordan Walker who hit the line at and he scored a remarkable, individual try under the posts, converted by Lloyd Marshal.
Just to keep up the pattern of the game, Thurston once again drew level after some good work from their centres and, it must be said, some less than impressive tackling by the home side.
The game was now staring to open up with some powerful play from Joe Bane-young, Jack Powel-Thorne and

Matthew King in particular. After 30 minutes of the first half, some lovely hands from forwards and backs alike saw Fakenham drive well into the Thurston half. On the fifth phase the ball was shipped wide through Damon Howick, Ashley Steward and Jordan Walker to put the excitable Josh Gee into the corner for a try, the conversion was missed.
Fakenham followed the score with more pressure and despite some desperate defence from Thurston, the visitors finally gave away the inevitable penalty in their 22. Luke Taylor took advantage of a quick tap penalty which was driven on by the ever-present Rob Ward but he was held up just one meter short of the line. Rory Singleton took over, snapping up the ball up to drive it the rest of the way to the line for the next try. Lloyd Marshal again converted. Some slack defence allowed Thurston to get another try back to make the score at half time 26 - 21.
The second half started in lively manner and saw Fakenham very close to scoring on several occasions, with the home side now looking the fitter and better side. The dominance continued and following some aggressive forward play from Joe Bane-young, Rob Ward and Richie Warren, Adam Lingwood crossed over for a converted try. To Thurston’s credit they did manage to regroup and scored through the efforts of their powerful centre, but this was the away sides last real input into the game as Fakenham took a very firm grip on the last 30 minutes.
From the next kick off Murray Tindal recovered possession and moved the ball wide, only for the move to be illegally bought to an end.
From the resulting penalty a scrum was taken and won by Fakenham and the ball swiftly moved across the field for Murray Tindal to score out wide. Lloyd Marshal again converted with possibly the best kick of the game.
Coming from the bench, Harry Richardson was making a real impact at with his speed of thought and snipping runs, but it was Lloyd Marshal who scored next after a beautiful long arching run that totally confused the defence, needless to say he converted his own try.
The next attack saw two clever moves from the Fakenham centres to put Murray Tindal into space, his majestic, weaving run seeing him cross under the posts for yet another converted try.
As if he needed more, Murray Tindal then scored yet another try shortly after which was again converted by Lloyd Marshal.
The final try of the game came after a break by the lively number 7, James Howell, who kept the ball alive after a breakdown and gave it to Jordan Walker who outstripped the defence to score another converted try under the posts.
When the final whistle went Fakenham had come out worthy 66-26 winners to still be tied on points with the 5th and 6th placed sides in the division.
There are no games next week for either the 1st or 2nd team, the following week sees a double headed home fixture against Wymondham 1st in London 3EC and Wymondham 3rd’s in Eastern Counties 3N merit table, both games with a 2:30 kick off.