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West's solidarity helps them to victory at Gatehouse Lane


By KentOnline reporter


West Norfolk 48 Fakenham 17

West Norfolk 48 Fakenham 17

West Norfolk coach Aaron Swanborough praised his team’s solidarity as they earned an important victory over rivals Fakenham in the London 3 Eastern Counties division.

Having watched his side battle for large parts of the game, Swanborough was satisfied with the outcome.

He said: “I am so pleased with the performance today, especially after a long break over Christmas.”

Stephen Aspery. (6388994)
Stephen Aspery. (6388994)

The West Norfolk chief also stressed the quality of the opposition as the now seventh-placed Fakenham were breathing down their necks.

“We knew Fakenham would be a strong side being only a point behind us in the table,” added Swanborough.

“But our performance today showed how hard the lads have worked and we didn’t take our foot of the pedal.

“We stuck to our game plan, our defence was solid and our set piece was strong.”

Jamie Williamson. (6388978)
Jamie Williamson. (6388978)

Fakenham coach Paul Richardson questioned the time away from the field due to the Christmas period.

He exclaimed: “Four weeks is too long between games.” The Fakenham chief is hopeful, however, that his side will bounce back after the long break.

“I’m sure, with this game under our belts and two more training sessions before our next game against Crusaders, we will be back to our best,” said Richardson.

West opened the scoring within 12 minutes through No 8 Jamie Williamson and fly-half Sam Moses. Both tries were converted by Moses.

Jack Wicks and Stephen Aspery (6388974)
Jack Wicks and Stephen Aspery (6388974)

Fakenham bounced back ten minutes later after Brett Stolworthy sneakily found his way through for a converted try.

However, the comeback didn’t last long as two West penalties were calmly slotted away by Moses, which gave the home side more breathing space.

After some resilient defensive work, West’s Jack Wicks further strengthened their grip on the game as he crossed the Fakenham line before half-time.

The interval did the away side no favours as West dominated for the next half an hour.

Sam Moses. (6388992)
Sam Moses. (6388992)

They took an even stronger grip on the match as three tries from Stephen Aspery, Moses and Will Greenwood put even more daylight between them and their rivals at Gatehouse Lane.

Fakenham soldiered on and showed glimpses of what they can do, with two excellent tries from Murray Tindal, the latter a dazzling 50-metre run through West’s cover defence.

Despite the efforts of Richardson’s team, they couldn’t capitalise on a good last-ditch attempt to salvage something from the 80 minutes as West moved six points clear of their close rivals, having played one game more.

West Norfolk are in action again on Saturday when they travel to eighth-placed Woodbridge.

Fakenham will look to restore winning order at home to the Crusaders.



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