This was a largely one-sided affair after Norwich had travelled lighter on players than the baggage allowance on an EasyJet flight. The game started at a tremendous pace with Jonathan Kettell crossing the white wash, for the first of his hatrick of tries after just 90seconds. This set the tone for the rest of the game as a total of fifteen tries were scored including four from Ian Williamson although the last of them could have been more generous to those around him. The highlight of the day was the mazy bullocking run from captain fantastic Craig Orion White, which ended with a winger like finish for a try in the corner. The floodgates were opened despite a brave defence from Norwich and very soon Fakenham were almost literally scoring at will, including long-range tries from Nathan Wilson and Jack Lowin-Green. Josh Sperring was outstanding at full back with an unbelievable try
A combination of conditions, late arrival, player unavailability/injury and a touch of complacency were Fakenham's undoing in this tough encounter at Diss. Diss started much better on an extremely wet and muddy pitch which first sight said there was to be little running rugby played and were soon rewarded with a well worked try, aided by some unusually disorganised defence from Fakenham. Eventually Fakenham woke up and began to try to assert themselves back into the game but they could never get the cohesion they have demonstrated in other games in either defence or attack. Diss competed heavily at every breakdown and played the conditions far better. Before half time Adam Lingwood received a yellow card for a perceived deliberate knock on which baffled evertone, and an injury to the impressive Ben Butterfield that removed him from the field and forced changes to an already stretched team who had so far managed to stay in the game with two penalties from Lloyd Marshall.
The second half continued in a similar vein to the first with Fakenham's lack of
Fakenham seconds travelled to Broadlands for this important EC4 North League game, as, due to the way the division is set up this fixture and the return will be the deciding two fixtures to decide who will be promoted out of this league and into Division 3. The game was expected to be competitive and it certainly was as can be seen from the score. Fakenham had crossed the line through Ian (Willy ) Williamson but the referee was unsighted and could not award the try but they kept pushing and the first score came at 38 minutes when captain Jonathan Kettell scored a try on the left and Tom Bane-Young converted to take the lead 0-7 in to the half time break. The second half saw Fakenham find gaps in the Broadlands defence, a neat chip saw Sean Whiteside who was having another great game pick up a loose ball and sprint 30 metres to score at try on the left wing, unfortunately the try was not converted, 0-12. Matthew king was having a great game and burst though the defence to score close to the posts and give Tom Bane-Young an easy kick which he slotted over 0-19. The Men of the match Toby Betts and Roger Palmer, one forward and one back, showed the commitment of the whole Fakenham side with everybody putting in a very committed shift in this tough match. Although Fakenham sustained three injuries, two of them were allowed to return to the fray. Neither side gave ground easily in this game, every yard gained was hard fought. Fakenham’s defence was immense through-out the game repelling almost all of the Broadlands attacks. Broadlands had not given up the fight and pressed right up the end of the game when they scored an unconverted try 5-19. The final whistle followed soon after the kick attempt and both sides showed they were relieved for the end of their physical exertions. Fakenham looked totally spent but happy to come away with the win that now puts them in prime spot for the promotion to EC3 North. Fakenham teams have a weekend break from games (which will help some of the injuries to recover) but will have a training sessions to keep sharp ahead of the next games on 5th March when both sides are at home for their League encounters, the 1st against Norwich Medics and the 2nd against Norwich 3rd all supporters will be welcome as it should be a good afternoon of games, kick off for both games is at 3:00pm.
Fakenham entertained West Norfolk seconds at home in an EC2 North league fixture looking for their twelfth win in a row. West Norfolk had other ideas however and right from the kick off harried Fakenham and pressed their early advantage to push Fakenham back into their own 22 metre area for long periods and in an effort to protect their line Fakenham infringed at various areas of play and gave away 6 penalties in a row and were warned by the referee about their discipline and the possibility of a penalty try. Fakenham’s defence work well but the spectators were confused as to why West did not attempt to kick any of the penalties as they seemed to have the upper hand at that stage of the game. After about 10-12 minutes Fakenham finally made it back to the half way line and stand-off Lloyd Marshall broke the West line and then