Fakenham hosted local rivals Dereham in the first round of the Norfolk Junior Cup and welcoming back Josh Gee who used to play for Fakenham up until the end of last season to the ground. Fakenham have been struggling for most of this season with injuries in their league games and this cup match was no different with players still not recovering in time to play in this game leaving the club with just the bare 15 players and no substitutes.
Dereham started much the brighter side, taking the game to Fakenham who were uncharacteristically quiet and flat. Although both sides were playing well the visitors seemed to get the phases of play running and attacked deep into the Fakenham
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