Last weekend the season ended with three teams coming together, Fakenham playing hosts to Holt and West Norfolk, with all teams depleted in usual strength by the Easter break.
The first match saw Fakenham play Holt/West Norfolk, with the home side putting on early pressure to see Watsy over the try line in the first five minutes although Holt soon responded with their own converted try. Fakenham were undeterred and Henry scored with a conversion from Lloyd to see a half-time score 12-7. A quickly taken penalty in Fakenham's 22 allowed
Fakenham travelled to Watton for this Norfolk Merit Table Division 1 game in good spirits on a fine spring afternoon which looked conducive to good handling and running rugby, and so it proved to be. Fakenham were playing up the hill and with the wind for the first half and enjoyed the majority of the possession and territory. Ten minutes into the game Josh Gee wriggled free and sprinted off and scored the opening try, which was converted by Paul Richardson - 0-7 to Fakenham. Two minutes later, after a period of possession and good inter-passing, Mark Allen ran in the second try, also converted by Paul Richardson (0-14). A period of intense pressure from Fakenham followed without actually producing any further points until Watton infringed at a ruck and gave Richardson a chance to stretch the lead with a penalty kick shortly before the whistle for half time with the score 0-17 in Fakenham's favour.
Watton started the second half up the hill but with the wind in a similar
This annual fixture between these two clubs for the Crowley/Hogston cup, named after two past Presidents of Thetford and Fakenham respectfully, proved to be a tight affair as is often the case with this game. Both teams enjoyed periods of domination without fully taking advantage of the possession and territory gained to force home their advantage. Fakenham enjoyed the upper hand for the first period of the game threatening to score on numerous occasions but their attack was fraught with knock forwards and final passes not going to hand. It took 29 minutes to break the deadlock between the two sides as finally Fakenham won a 5 metres lineout and set up a driving maul which was touched down by Adam Lingwood, unfortunately the conversion was not made (0-5). The game was then played end to end with both sides attacking and defending with passion and commitment but the score remained on 0-5 to Fakenham at half time.
The second half started with both teams carrying on with the same degree
Fakenham again failed to beat their neighbours in this Norfolk Merit Table 1 game. The weather forecast was eerily accurate this week with snow, wind and sleet combined with freezing conditions making it very difficult for handling from mid-way through the first half.
Holt had started the brighter in the game scoring after only 2 minutes when Fakenham's back line