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Fakenham soundly beaten on their travels

London Eastern Counties 3

Wymondham 65 Fakenham 5

Fakenham knew they were in for a tough match prior to kick-off and the size of the task in front of them became evident in the opening few minutes of Saturday’s London Eastern Counties 3 encounter.

Injuries, children, work and international matches saw Fakenham field a different front row and pack from their previous match at Wymondham’s new £6.2m ground.

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

Wymondham v Fakenham action. Picture: MIKE WYATT (5227683)
Wymondham v Fakenham action. Picture: MIKE WYATT (5227683)

Fakenham responded eight minutes into the game through captain Tom Bane-Young who went over for an unconverted score.

Sadly, this was a signal for Wymondham to up their game and four minutes later they scored their second try and coversion.

Fakenham continued to struggle in both set scrums and mauls and the hosts took full advantage by adding a further four converted tries to give a somewhat bruising half-time score of 42-5.

The onslaught continued after the restart with a now rampant Wymondham outfit scoring another two converted tries in the opening 16 minutes to extend their lead to 56-5.

Fakenham managed to stem the flow for the following 20 minutes, competing well and finally showing some character.

But with just four minutes to go another driving maul from the 15-metre line saw Wymondham score their ninth try of the game, which was again converted by their impressive No 10.

With matches against top-of-the-table Holt and third-placed 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.

Tomorrow sees yet another away fixture, this time a cup game at Chelmsford with a 2pm start.

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