Fakenham hosted league leaders Thurston for this EC2 league game which was the second meeting this season of these two clubs. Fakenham were hoping to improve on the 57 – 0 defeat away to Thurston on the 28th September. Fakenham also welcomed Tim Syer back from university for the Christmas break to join the team for the first time since October.
Fakenham started the game under immense pressure from Thurston absorbing attack after attack and with their failure to clear the ball from danger areas they invited more even attacking moves. Thurston persisted and eventually made the break to score a converted try (0-7). Fakenham tried to get back into the game but Thurston were hungrier and were first to most of the 50:50 balls and also forced the ruck and
Nearly, but not quite!
This EC2 game saw Fakenham travelling to Haverhill once again short with only 14 players thanks to work and injuries but they were determined to give a good account of themselves. The warm up did not go well with players still on the road 10 minutes before kick-off only arriving just in time for the referee's briefing. The game started with Fakenham receiving the kick and driving down the pitch in phases and as the ball was passed to Tom Bane-Young he took a successful snap drop goal attempt (0-3). Fakenham pressed forward at the restart and forced Haverhill to infringe at a ruck and TBY slotted the penalty from 40 metres (0-6). Haverhill came out fighting and made the one man extra count by launching one of their backs to score a try between the posts which was successfully converted (7-6). Fakenham continued to attack and cause problems for Haverhill but they were
Fakenham U 16's travelled to Lakenham Hewitt RFC ground for a match against Southwold (the fixture was originally planned as a neutral venue for a three way game with Bury St Edmunds as well, but they unfortunately had to cancel), who we had not played in 15 a side for 5 years. Travelling with only 15 players, due to other commitments, Fakenham got off to a great start, kitted out with their new Jewson's sponsored shirts, with Henry scoring a try very early on which definitely put Southwold on the back foot. Undeterred, Southwold kept up the pressure in an evenly contested game but were unable to score in the first half due to a combination of handling errors and good defensive work from Fakenham.
The second half started with a try by Frostie following a quickly