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
In a break from League action last weekend Fakenham were drawn against Watton for the first time this season in the Norfolk Plate with a chance for the winner to progress to the semi-finals of this competition. Fakenham were in good spirits at the start of the game considering the fierce cross wind that was to make it difficult for both sides, but they were soon under pressure from a well drilled Watton side (in third place in EC3 North). Fakenham were constantly pressed deep into their own half and were soon behind after a well-worked try 5-0 broke through the normally impregnable Fakenham defence. The visitors rallied but some handling errors and a failure to look after the ball found they were back on the defensive again, trying to contain a rampant Watton team and then went further behind when Watton scored their second try, 10-0. Fakenham needed desperately to get back into the game and on their next drive Tomas Bane-Young took a chance to launch a drop goal to put them on the scoreboard at last 10-3. The game was now more
Fakenham’s 1st XV game had been forfeited by Beccles this weekend leaving only the 2nd team fixture against Dereham who unfortunately called off at short notice and some hasty phoning round found a replacement in Norwich Union to allow their teams to have their first proper workout in weeks after a series of opposition cancelled games. Fakenham got off to a promising with some great attacks but ultimately failed to score, in response Norwich union put the Fakenham defence to the test but it held firm. Fakenham again pressed forward and this time they were rewarded with a try from captain Craig White but