Mildenhall v Fakenham - 5.10.2013

Mildenhall Red Lodge 0 Fakenham 12

Fakenham travelled to Red Lodge for the third EC2 league game of the season with quite a few changes from their away defeat to Thurston. On inspection, the Mildenhall pitch was smaller than Fakenham's home pitch which caused a bit of congestion in the middle of the pitch, both sides attacking and contesting the rucks and mauls ferociously. Both sides had periods in the opposition 22 metre area and created chances but the last pass was generally wild or knocked on to stop the progression. The deadlock was broken when Mildenhall infringed at a ruck 30 metres out to concede a penalty, which was converted by Tom Bane-Young (0-3). The pattern of the game continued with both sides trying to assert themselves only to be thwarted by good defence with the occasional break, Fakenham looking the more likely to score and when a second penalty was awarded against Mildenhall for a dangerous tackle, Fakenham doubled their lead from the boot of Tom Bane-Young 0-6 this was the score at half time. This was the first time Fakenham had led since their re-entry in to the EC leagues and their spirits were high.
The second half started with Fakenham trying to score a try to stretch

Fakenham 1st 7 - Thetford 1st 31


This Eastern Counties 2 league match was played at Fakenham on a glorious sunny day ideal for good handling and running rugby. Thetford started the better forcing Fakenham to defend from early on in the game. Thetford took an early lead with a converted try (0-7) but Fakenham rallied and attacked themselves with one 50 metre break by Josh Gee after some good handling around their own 22 metre area. Unfortunately Fakenham were not not tackling well and allowed Thetford to make deep runs into their 22, ultimately on one occasion the Thetford fly half made a break and scored a second try but he failed to convert (0-12). At this point one of the Fakenham players was attempting to fly hack a loose ball but at the same time a Thetford player scooped it up, Josh Gee's foot contacted the player

Norwich Thirds – 7 v Fakenham Seconds 99


This Woodfordes Norfolk Merit Table Division 3 game was an excellent example of how to play rugby with good spirit and humour and was a pleasure to watch. Norwich had definitely the better of the early encounters winning both the majority of the line-outs and scrums and enjoying the territorial advantage from the possession they gained. A mixture of good defence from Fakenham and poor handling from Norwich, however, turned the ball back over to Fakenham and their younger running backs counter attacked against the run of play to score through Steven Clay and converted by Tim Syer (0-7).

Fakenham Mini Rugby Re-launch

Fakenham held the first of three free taster sessions for young children to try rugby for the first time in many cases. These sessions are aimed at infant and junior school age children between 5 and 11 years of age and run between 11am and 12:30pm on Sunday mornings in September. The photograph is of some of the activities arranged for the children by Merwyn Watson a RFU qualified coach with many years of coaching sport to junior and infant school children along with three of the club's young volunteers. The next session will be Sunday 22nd September at the rugby club. You can find a map and contact us via the club website at www.fakenhamrugby.com or you can phone Alan Young on 07859 806130 for further information.