Fakenham 23 – Holt 19 – London Counties 3EC

After the previous weeks 2nd team win over Holt 3rd’s their respective 1st teams met in this London Counties 3EC league match. With Holt leading the division and Fakenham in 9th place the home side were under no illusions before the game with the consensus being for a Holt win but still a close game. This was probably the first time this season that Fakenham fielded what looked to be a truly representative 1st team with a number of faces back in harness.
What transpired was truly remarkable as Fakenham out thought and out fought Holt throughout and even more amazing as Holt, undefeated this season, were given 26 penalties in the game to Fakenham’s four and if you add three yellow cards to the home side, meaning Fakenham played with fourteen men for thirty minutes of this game, this makes the win absolutely outstanding.
Holt started the game well and took an early lead through a penalty and this was followed by a try and conversion scored after Fakenham’s lineout was put under pressure. The relieving kick from this lineout was charged down and Holt scored., with Holt 0-10 up the pre-match forecasts looked spot on. There was a distinct pattern

Fakenham 2nd’s 42 – Holt 3rd’s 19 - Norfolk Cup

Following Fakenham’s 2nd’s being excluded from Eastern Counties League 3N (along with Wymondham 3rd’s, North Walsham 3rd’s and Broadland Gt Yarmouth 2nd’s, all for apparently not fulfilling sufficient fixtures), Fakenham had something to prove in this Norfolk Cup game against long-time rival Holt 3.
The game started with real pace right from the whistle and soon saw Fakenham’s Damon Howick make a clean break. He dummied past two defenders and crashed over to score with three players hanging on his back, unfortunately the try was not converted.
Fakenham continued to show good ball movement especially from Josh Sperring and Rory Singleton which kept the pressure on the Holt side with play well in their half. Twice Fakenham crossed the line, only to be pulled back for earlier infringements.
With the exception of one fantastic break by the Holt No 8, the visitors took twenty minutes to worry the Fakenham half of the pitch. Strong tackling repulsed the Holt attacks on the occasions they got into

Wymondham 65 – Fakenham 5 – London Counties 3 EC

On Saturday Fakenham travelled to Wymondham’s new £6.2m ground for this London Counties 3 clash. Following last weeks narrow victory over Thurston, Fakenham who once again had a different front row and pack thanks to injuries, children, work and International matches, were under no illusions, this was likely to be a difficult game!
Just how difficult was evidenced right from the kick off when Fakenham knocked on and from the ensuing scrum were immediately under very severe pressure as Wymondham took advantage of the lack of the regular pack. Within two minutes Wymondham had scored, just to the right of the posts following a well-controlled driving maul set up after several foraging forward runs. A successful conversion by Wymondham’s No 10 saw a lead for the home side 7-0.
Eight minutes into the game after more play in the Fakenham half a penalty was awarded to Fakenham for offside at the breakdown. From the resulting lineout Fakenham moved the ball through the backs to the other side of the field and finishing with a try for Fakenham captain, Tom Bane-Young. The conversion was missed leaving the score at 7-5.
Sadly, this was a signal for Wymondham to up their game and four minutes later they scored their 2nd try, under the posts, leaving an easy conversion and a score of 14-5.
Fakenham continued to struggle in both set scrums and mauls and following some poor tackling in midfield, the Wymondham No 8 released the ball to the backs and a try in the corner, again converted by the Wymondham 10, 21-5. The pattern continued without interruption, another 3 minutes saw Wymondham’s 10 receive a pass in midfield, dummy and loop round to score under the posts and with an easy conversion take the score to 28-5
Thirty-three minutes into the game a Wymondham move developed on the left in the Fakenham 22, resulting in another try just to the right of the posts, and with several unmarked Wymondham backs on the outside it indicated just how much the Fakenham defence was being stretched. With another successful conversion the score line was 35-5 with 5 minutes of the 1st half still to go.
Not one to look a gift horse in the mouth, Wymondham took advantage of a penalty for

Fakenham 12 v Ely 28 – London 3EC

On a cold, bright, blustery day middle of the table Fakenham took on high flying Ely in a game that thoroughly entertained the large crowd for the afternoon.
Fakenham dominated the first 15 minutes with new flanker Josh Gee popping up everywhere. Some poor kicking out of defence and sharp counter attacks by Brett Stolworthy and Lyam Thorpe saw Ely pinned into their own half and after 14 phases and eight offloads resulted in a penalty which the home side unfortunately failed to convert.
Fakenham then gave away two penalties which let Ely have their first real foothold into the Fakenham half.
A lineout on the 22m line resulted in a training ground move that saw the Ely centre go untouched, under the posts, for a converted try.
Some aggressive counter rucking from Ely thwarted another two attacks by Fakenham and a breakaway from Lloyd Marshall, who looked certain to score, was pulled back by the referee for an earlier knock on.
Mid way through the first half Fakenham eventually troubled the scoreboard with