Swaffham 21 Fakenham 13 – Norfolk Junior Cup

This Norfolk Junior Cup match was the first time these local sides have played each other for two seasons with Swaffham playing in EC1 and Fakenham playing in EC2 North. This was a good opportunity for Fakenham to see how their three year plan was coming along and the possibility to cause a cup upset if they could play to their potential. The game was played in windy wet weather and that had an effect on handling skills early on, both teams spurned early penalty chances to keep the score at 0-0. The game was backwards and forwards with Swaffham having the best of the open forwards play and Fakenham the better of the back encounters. Swaffham took the

Norwich Medics 18 – 23 Fakenham – Eastern Counties 2N

With a heavy pitch and inclement weather this game was always going to be a tough challenge for Fakenham. A late unavoidable call off by Lee Mason caused Fakenham to re-jig the team with Mike Curry coming off the bench and cap'n Bob Sayer stepping in to front row replacement role, despite this Fakenham started well, their defense stepping up from the beginning to shut down the dangerous Medics runners. Fakenham soon put phases together in a simple but effective move putting the ball through virtually all of the backs for Adam 'Keith' Steele to score in the corner, Tom Bane Young converted. 5 minutes later sustained pressure forced a penalty which TBY converted making the score 0-10 after ten minutes. As the half progressed Medics were allowed to get in to their stride and they retained good ball to be a constant threat but the Fakenham defense held and their pressure forced many mistakes by Medics. One such forced mistake led to a stray ball that Lloyd Marshall pounced on and beat the first defenders, he then sprinted clear and fed Tom Bane Young who

Norwich Union 2nd 14-19 Fakenham 2nd – Eastern Counties 4N

This EC4 North league fixture was in some awful weather and handling skills were always going to be difficult for free flowing rugby. Fakenham misfielded the kick off and put themselves under pressure from the start. C-ordinated well-executed defence kept Union from scoring. Fakenham then managed to clear their lines and launch an attack driving deep into the host's 22 when Norwich Union infringed. Dec Sperring took a quick penalty and feed Chris Glossop on a charge from 5 metres to score the try and Matt Bully converted make the score 0-7. Fakenham had to deal with the NU pressure until they managed to break out and take play into the middle of Union's 22 metre area, the home side infringed again to give a penalty, Matt Bully was accurate with the kick, 0-10. Union became persistent with their attacks and this resulted in a penalty but the kick hit the post and spun across the face of the posts and outside the other post for no score. In the

Fakenham 12 – 3 Diss 2nd - Eastern Counties 2N

A tough encounter was expected against a Diss side who always provide stern opposition and have not lost to Fakenham for several years.
Fakenham started positively and were playing with confidence, regularly breaking through the Diss defence and forcing an early penalty which Tom Bane Young converted. Fakenham were then obviously trying to avoid the complacency of last week so upped their intensity and their defensive aggression with Rory Singleton finding many gaps at the breakdown to either break through or steal the ball. Unfortunately this intensity led to a lack of discipline with Fakenham giving away far too many penalties which disrupted their patterns of play and well and truly kept Diss in the game but both side made handling errors at crucial phases in the attack having got themselves into good field position. Diss had many attemts at the Fakenham line but resolute defence kept