Holt 2nd XV 29 – Fakenham 2nd XV 17

With no 1st team fixture at the weekend as a result of Wymondham calling the game off it was left to Fakenham’s 2nd team to uphold the club honours with their EC3N fixture against Holt 2nd’s. Fakenham started this fixture positively, pleased to be able to field a team and bench after several weeks without a game.

Fakenham were into their game plan very quickly, and soon George Ready exploited the gaps left to score the first try after 10 minutes with Mark Allen adding the points for the conversion. Four minutes later Steven Clay stepped inside off his wing to score Fakenham's second try but this time the conversion was unsuccessful. To Holt's credit they came back into the game, creating lots of pressure in the Fakenham half. Fakenham defended well but they kept conceding penalties which allowed Holt to stay camped on the 5 metre line. Holt eventually scored on the 30-minute mark and this was the last score before Half time.

After the restart Holt caught Fakenham well and truly napping to score a quick try right from the off. Fakenham slowly got back in the game and built pressure, which unfortunately caused a yellow card for a high tackle. Fakenham kept calm and kicked for touch, capitalising with a try from the resulting lineout for Fakenham debutant, Terry Carter. A following period of positive play resulted in no score for either side but caused mistakes and

Fakenham 46 Norwich Medics 0 – Eastern Counties 2N

Saturday saw Fakenham host third place side Norwich Medics for the latest round of EC2 north games. Fakenham, expecting the usual strong Medics performance, really started the game as if they meant business, driving forwards to Medics territory with both pace and determination, putting their opponents on the backfoot from the very start of the game. The first score of the game went to Fakenham when Josh Sperring scored a try wide out on the left wing after a fast-flowing movement that involved both the Fakenham forwards and backs. Tom Bane- Young uncharacteristically missed the conversion leaving the score 5-0. After the restart Fakenham again pressed forward with intent, not allowing their visitors

Dereham 7 – Fakenham 72 - Eastern Counties 2N

Fakenham managed to shake off the slow starts that have been present in recent games and tore into Dereham with intensity and organisation. A try came almost immediately as Fakenham’s pace created gaps in a Dereham team that could just not keep up and Tom Bane-Young scored under the posts and then duly converted his own try. That was the story for the next 30 minutes as Fakenham maintained their game plan and discipline to score try after try, Josh Gee scoring in the 11th, 20th and 22 minute, George Ready in the 17th and 25th. Their tendency to lose focus after the third try did not happen as their concentration and organisation remained at maximum level, Tom B-Y adding another try after 29

Fakenham 47 Norwich Union 7

Fakenham got the second half of their league season underway with a home fixture against Norwich Union on Saturday, their first league fixture of 2017. The Xmas and New Year break had given time for knocks and bangs to heal but the question was, had it taken the edge off the Fakenham challenge? The answer was an immediately obvious and resounding no as a charge down by the home side’s scrum half Harry Richardson provided the first try of the game within the first couple of minutes and this was converted by the ever-reliable Tom Bane-Young, 7-0. The visitors were obviously rocked by the speed of the score but