Swaffham thrash Felixstowe to keep pressure on title rivals

Swaffham 64 Felixstowe 0

Swaffham turned on the style in the final hour to rack up a scoreline which keeps them firmly in the race for the Eastern Counties Two title.

They opened their account inside the first five minutes but then had to wait for the floodgates to open.

Twenty minutes into the game, three tries in the space of five minutes ended all hopes of an upset for the visitors, who eventually conceded 10 tries and seven conversions.

Swaffham’s three quarter line took full advantage of some disorganised defence by running the ball at every opportunity and gaining ground, for the forwards to add the finishing touches.

Their back row of Potter, Bigland and Smith scored six tries between them while the backs shared the other four. The conversions were spread between Griffiths, Greenwood and Spencer.

The top three still remain covered by two points, but things must change next week when the four top sides provide two of the fixtures.

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n In their previous match Swaffham avenged a 36-32 home defeat earlier in the season by making no mistake in the return at Mistley, winning 35-9.

The first try of the match came from a set piece move prepared on the training pitches and executed with the sort of efficiency this team is now working to deliver week in week out.

Mistley answered with three penalties by captain Donovan Brown to go 9-5 ahead before Swaffham responded with a penalty and try just before the interval to lead 13-9.

The 2nd half was all Swaffham and the tries began to flow with some fluent handling and excellent support play.

nSwaffham 2nds virtually guaranteed their promotion with a 48-0 win over Watton.

Swaffham crossed the line with Upton (three), Morrissey (two), Terzza, Mustard and Patey all scoring with Reynolds and Terzza picking up two conversions each.

This was an excellent team performance with strong work by the pack against an experienced eight both in scrums and in open play. Morrissey was a thorn in the side of the opposition all game and the backs ran aggressive lines and defended brilliantly all game.

Swaffham’s man of the match was awarded to Mustard for his control of the defence as a unit as well as a top drawer individual performance.