Vital win for dominant Swaffham
Swaffham were unperturbed by the cold wind blowing around the pitch and dominated to create a earn a vital 58-0 win over Lakenham.Swaffham kicked off and immediately placed Lakenham under huge pressure.
Swaffham were unperturbed by the cold wind blowing around the pitch and dominated to create a earn a vital 58-0 win over Lakenham.
Swaffham kicked off and immediately placed Lakenham under huge pressure. The ball was turned over and Swaffham took full advantage of early possession using the forwards to smash closer to the Lakenham line. The ball went wide and Morrissey at outside centre found himself and winger Hamilton in a two-on-one situation. The dummy was sold and Morrissey scored. A good conversion from prop Webb ensured the full seven points.
Inside-centre Barnard showed strong running skills soon after, as Swaffham surged on, hungry after a superb start. Prop Gunnell set Hamilton free as another two-on-one was taken advantage of, making it 12-0, unconverted.
Again Swaffham charged back from the restart, led this time by second row Gladman, showing blistering pace in open play.
Lakenham rallied for the next period of play, with the full-back showing impressive footwork and speed to set up a series of forward drives. The Swaffham defence held fast and soon were in possession again. Neat work in the three-quarters saw the pack with a five-metre attacking scrum, and with the pick-up and drive from number eight Wood defended just short, Gunnell battered himself over the line for a well-worked score.
Webb converted again, lengthening Swaffham's lead to 19-0.
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Poor kicking from Lakenham, mainly at the restart, became a feature of the game and Swaffham had the scrum at the half-way line as the ball sailed straight out again.
Gladman was forced off through head injury, enabling Tom Murray to return from injury.
Working their way up the pitch with a series of drives and backs play, Swaffham kicked well for territory through fly-half Lines, where captain Chamberlain won the ball back at the line-out. The ball was successfully driven over the line, with Taylor emerging as the scorer. The tough conversion out wide was converted successfully, again by Webb.
Barnard made a super break from the Swaffham 10-metre line, well into the opposition 22, dodging tackles from all angles, before fina1ly being hauled down.
The support was close behind, and enabled Barnard to finish off the move himself, changing the angle of attack off Lines to touch down between the posts, Webb converting.
Lakenham showed good skills at the breakdown, and it looked as though they might get a score before half-time. This was thwarted by hard defence, however, and as the whistle went for half-time the score was 33-0.
After five minutes of the second half, Swaffham scored through Lines, who popped up on the right wing, unconverted. Some rare poor decision-making at the back put Lakenham in a commanding position in the Swaffham half. A silly penalty then gifted Lakenham a line-out in the Swaffham 22. Were it not for a tremendous steal by Matt Taylor, Lakenham may have got themselves on the board, but after 20 minutes of the second half, Swaffham started playing again, running expansively out wide, before Gunnell scored.
Number eight Wood scored a text-book try out wide, a lovely show-and-go, enabling him to turn on the pace of his younger years to surge across the line, his beaming smile broadcasting his delight.
Morrissey bagged his second after a penalty kick to touch, a solid line-out, and good hands in the backs left him free on the left wing.
The final try was created by winger Darren Smollen. The ball was dislodged from his opposite number when tackled and quick thinking meant he was in possession of the lost ball, before feeding it to Gunnell, who in turn gave it to Lenny Webb, who was driven over the chalk to round off a super win for Swaffham.
Thurlow Nunn MoM: DJ Barnard, but a mention too for Tom Murray, who had a strong return from injury.