Gallery: Rampant tigers beat Fakenham 42-5
Ely Tigers 42 Fakenham 5 A RAMPANT first-half display from Ely Tigers ensured they were always in control against a startled Fakenham side. Mark Mitzman s side have found life tough this season in the Eastern Counties League but a superlative effort again
Ely Tigers 42
A RAMPANT first-half display from Ely Tigers ensured they were always in control against a startled Fakenham side.
Mark Mitzman's side have found life tough this season in the Eastern Counties League but a superlative effort against Fakenham ensured that they picked up their second win in as many weeks.
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The win moves Tigers up into eight place in the division with just two fixtures remaining this season.
It took the home side just two minutes to move into the lead, as Karl Hayler forced his way through a flimsy visiting defence with worrying ease.
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Though the subsequent kick was missed, it didn't take long for Mitzman's men to add to their score as, after 10 minutes of sustained pressure, Mitch Kennett managed to force himself over the line amid a bustle of Fakenham bodies.
The home side continued to dominate throughout the opening-half with Fakenham rarely finding respite enough to get the ball beyond the half-way line. Ely's impressive forwards once more proved their worth on the half-hour mark as they bludgeoned their way through the visiting defence for a further score.
Two turnovers in a frantic five minute spell before half-time line, provided Tigers with two more scores before the break as they continued to over-power the visitors at the breakdown, the half ending 30-0 to the hosts.
Unsurprisingly, Fakenham redoubled their resolve after the break and proved a unquestionably more solid unit early on as Ely were forced to do some defending of their own.
For all their commendable pluck however, Fakenham found no joy in the early stages and it was Ely who added to the score, Kennett crashing over the line following a superb passing move from the hosts.
Fakenham did manage to salvage some pride late on with a battling try of their own but their joy was destined not to last as Ely's Ed Fahy responded with a superb solo score before the game's end, Jamie Russell converting to complete the scoring.