Murray Tindall runs in three tries during huge away win in Suffolk
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Ipswich YM 5 Fakenham 62
A one-sided affair allowed Fakenham to get the required five points from their final fixture at Ipswich to secure fifth spot in their first year in the division.
The match started in damp, overcast conditions with Fakenham swiftly taking the lead after five minutes, securing the loose ball and running it wide, allowing Murray Tindall to get the first of his scores on the board.
The try was converted by Lloyd Marshall as Fakenham opened up a seven-point advantage before the process was repeated two minutes later.
Ipswich kicked off, lost the ball, Fakenham ran it wide to their speedy backs and Tindall again ran most of the length of the field to score under the posts, and the conversion was again kicked by Marshall.
This proved to be the pattern of the first half with Ipswich YM seeming to be totally outclassed by Fakenham and were only able to mount sporadic attacks against the visitors.
The next two tries were down to Josh Gee, again both converted by Marshall as the visitors extended their lead to 28 points.
Fakenham captain Jordii Walker then decided he would join the party with a try in the 21st minute and with another conversion for Marshall it was looking ominous for the home side.
A penalty against Ipswich for a high tackle did nothing to help either, as the kick put Fakenham well back into the Ipswich territory.
The lineout was won and a good handling move from the Fakenham backs put Tindall over again for his third try of the afternoon.
Ipswich seemed to find some resolve at this point and pressured play into the Fakenham 22.
Unfortunately for them the Fakenham defence was as resolute as ever and after an Ipswich fumble resulted in a knock-on, Fakenham won the resulting scrum and cleared well into the home half.
Jordii Walker duly chased the ball and, after running almost the length of the pitch, scored an impressive solo try, converted by Marshall.
Rubbing salt into the wounds, Fakenham collected the kick-off, ran it through the backs to winger Brett Stolworthy who duly ran down the field and scored to make it 52-0 at the interval.
After the restart Ipswich seemed to realise they were here to play rugby and started off in a much stronger manner, their defence forcing Fakenham to go properly through the phases.
But it was Marshall who added his name to the growing list of try scorers eight minutes into the second half.
The next 20-minute spell was a much tighter affair with both sides trying hard to get the ascendancy but failing with last-minute errors.
A drive over from the maul and Ipswich went over the line to a very loud cheer from their spectators for their only try of the afternoon.
Forward passes and knock-ons from both sides spoiled promising moves from both teams before Fakenham won a scrum and an offload from Rob Ward allowed Jordii Walker to score the final try of the game.