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Ely Tigers stay third in the London 3 Eastern Counties following their victory over Fakenham




Ely Tigers returned to winning ways in London 3 Eastern Counties with a 28-12 victory on the road at Fakenham on Saturday.

The third-placed Tigers had previously been edged out in a high-scoring encounter with leaders Holt, but they showed no ill effects in Norfolk.

Ely were up against it during the opening exchanges, as Fakenham looked to make the most of having the wind behind them.

Charlie Coupland, Ely Tigers, November 17 versus Fakenham. Picture: Steve Wells
Charlie Coupland, Ely Tigers, November 17 versus Fakenham. Picture: Steve Wells

However, after weathering the storm the visitors started to make up ground and they scored the first try of proceedings through Charlie Coupland, who burst through the centre to dot down.

The home side’s winger capitalised on some hesitancy within the Ely ranks to open up Fakenham’s account soon after, but the away outfit were back in front before the break via Grant Storey’s dive over the line.

The Tigers then made a bright start to the second half, kicking the ball deep into the opposition’s 22.

Quick hands forced the ball wide to Luke Turner, who duly sprinted in for a third converted try.

Ely now had the bonus-point victory in their sights and it arrived thanks to man-of-the-match Jim Storey finding space down the blindside and running in unscathed.

Fakenham rallied and scored a consolation try in the latter stages, but it did nothing to alter the final outcome as Ely held out for their fifth victory of the season.

The win – Ely’s third on their travels this term – has left them nine points adrift of Holt at the summit after eight outings.

They will return to action on Saturday, December 1 when sixth-placed Woodbridge – victorious in four of their last five games – will be their visitors (2pm).