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Nelson saves day

PUBLISHED: 07:00 12 December 2008 | UPDATED: 22:00 05 July 2010

Fakenham 13, L&Y 16

FEARS of a classic bottom-of-the-table banana skin for L&Y's 100pc record were almost realised when a dogged and canny Fakenham ran the league leaders to the wire.

Fakenham 13, L&Y 16

FEARS of a classic bottom-of-the-table banana skin for L&Y's 100pc record were almost realised when a dogged and canny Fakenham ran the league leaders to the wire.

But Scott Nelson's try five minutes from time ultimately spared their blushes.

Fakenham certainly played to a level far above their lowly league status indicated, but at the same time this was by far the poorest performance of the season for L&Y.

Basic handling errors, over complication, thoughtless mistakes and the consequent verbal frustration all led to a depressed changing room after the game, despite actually having won.

Certainly they need to snap out of their early winter depression if they hope to continue their unbeaten league and cup status beyond the New Year.

Fakenham took no time in exposing the naivety of the L&Y back three and by kicking deep and chasing hard they soon had field position to scrabble a close range try, awarded despite the protests of the ball being held short of the line.

Their harassing gameplan kept L&Y in their own half forcing mistakes out of the visitors.

Glimpses of class showed through as L&Y stuck to their plan of running into the setting sun, with Nelson, Shaun Woodhouse and Marc Thomas all making inroads in midfield, but each time another mistake would hand Fakenham the chance to send them backwards again.

Eventually runs from Daniel Boardley and Josh Fewkes earned L&Y field position in the Fakenham half, and L&Y hit back when Woodhouse went over wide out following a half break by Matt Jary and quick hands from the breakdown.

Fakenham knocked over a further penalty, and a superb try from their winger, after a classic centre break carved open the L&Y midfield, saw them lead by eight points at the break.

L&Y dug deep and clawed their way back into the game with two Russ Chapman penalties, but still their own indiscipline was haunting them as Woodhouse was sent to the bin for entering a ruck from the side.

Tim Fenn made way for Russ Wilkinson and his strong running game made a difference in the loose exchanges, as did the addition of Chris Howe for Graeme Newton at hooker.

Fewkes was showing more confidence at fullback alongside Boardley and Miles McAlone on the wings, and Scott Nelson in particular was making headway every time he touched the ball.

Five minutes from time a hoisted kick by Jary was chased superbly by replacement Zak Baxter, L&Y reclaimed the ball, Woodhouse and Nixon charged onwards and Chapman released Nelson to carve his way through the blindside cover and skid over in the corner.

Tomorrow L&Y will need all their acclaimed team spirit when they head to Hertfordshire to face Cheshunt in the fifth round of the RFU's National Junior Vase competition.

Cheshunt are top of their league at an equivalent level to L&Y and will offer the season's sternest test so far.

A supporters coach is travelling to watch at 9am from Gunton Park.

Call Gary Cooper on 07050 094 196.

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