Eastern Counties Two: Swaffham 35, Mildenhall 10
Swaffham moved up to second place in Eastern Counties Two after a workmanlike performance against a spirited Mildenhall side, encouraged by their recent maiden league win.
With other results at the top of the table going their way Swaffham moved up three places to join in the promotion race.
After a four week break, Swaffham looked sluggish and passes were regularly missing their target, giving the visiting side possession they didn't have to work for. To their credit, Mildenhall attacked at every opportunity and were not content to play the safe option. Swaffham kept their composure and eventually the visitors' mistakes gave them the chance to contest the breakdown and win a penalty to take the lead.
Having worked so hard for no gain, Mildenhall seemed to lose heart, and Swaffham ran in two tries in quick succession to take a 13-0 lead. Mildenhall replied with a penalty to make it 13-3 at the break.
It was the visitors who came out strongest at the start of the second period, and once again Swaffham had to work hard in defence to keep their Suffolk opponents at bay.
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The Swaffham pack were in control of their opponents and rumbled over for a third try, but when Mildenhall put some pace on the game they made ground and eventually their persistence was rewarded with a try near the corner. The conversion was successful and although the gap closed to 18-10 Swaffham never really looked like losing the game.
It was important though that the home side gained the bonus point win, and in the final 20 minutes three more tries were added as the more organised side took control. With 10 points going missing from conversions the score perhaps flatters the visitors.
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