Diss 2nd 14 pts – Fakenham 7 pts - Eastern Counties 2N

Saturday marked the start of the new League season for Eastern Counties Rugby Union and Fakenham travelled to Diss for their opening game. True to the form of recent seasons Fakenham had to field a weaker than usual team due to last minute calls into work, non availability, late holidays and the honeymoon of the 1st team no 8 and fixture secretary! As a result of this they actually started the game with only 14 players (although a 15th did arrive 10 minutes into the game) and no substitutes bench at all. The game started at quite a pace with Fakenham dominating the first exchanges and camping out in the Diss half of the pitch despite Diss having a weight advantage in the pack. Josh Sperring had a good run in the 13th minute, weaving his way past several Diss

Pre Season Roundup

Fakenham have played two pre-season games over the last two weeks and in the First Fakenham (EC2 North) played Crusaders (EC1) away on Saturday 27th August. Both clubs were missing a number of first choice players due to holidays, Cricket and harvest time but gave good accounts of themselves. Fakenham won the game 5-12after some spells of great play and once again the defensive system kept a rampant Crusaders from increasing their score line. Fakenham were the happier of the two sides as beating a club from a higher league certainly hwlped to build confidence heading into the new league season.

Last Saturday Fakenham played Swaffham (also an EC1 team) at home. Fakenham were unfortunately forced to make changes due to lack of availability of players who had played the precious week. Fakenham seemed slightly off the pace of their opponents right from the start and lost the first quarter by a converted try to nil 0-7. It was not all one sided however but Fakenham

Fixtures 2016/17

Eastern Counties 2N

Eastern Counties 3N

Date 1st Team 2nd Team Result 1st 2nd
27/08/2016 Away vs Crusaders    5-12 (W)  
03/09/2016 Home vs Swaffham    5-14 (L)  
10/09/2016 Diss 2 (a) Lowestoft & Yarmouth 2  7-14 (L)  19-51 (L)
17/09/2016 Gt Yar- Broadland Lakenham-Hewitt (a)  35-0 (W) cancelled (L)
24/09/2016 Norwich Union (a)    0-38 (W)  
01/10/2016 Dereham Crusaders 2 (a)  11-5 (w)  0-32 (L)
08/10/2016 Norwich Medics (a) Diss 3  22-35 (w)  cancelled (L)
22/10/2016 Wymondham 2 (a) Holt 2  12-47 (w)  17-24 (L)
29/10/2016 Norwich 2 Beccles 2 (a)  23-0 (w)  cancelled (L)
05/11/2016 West Norfolk 2 (a) Southwold 2  14-48 (w)  5-45 (L)
19/11/2016 North Walsham 2    62-8 (w)  
26/11/2016   Watton     18-15 (w)

Swaffham (a)
Cup Fixture

Medic 2
Cup Fixture
 22-19 (L)  
10/12/2016   Gt Yar - Broadland 2 (a)    28-15 (L)
17/12/2016 Gt Yar- Broadland (a) Lakenham-Hewitt  3-27 (w)  60-10 (w)
26/12/2016 Boxing Day Match      
07/01/2017 Norwich Union U.E.A (a)  47-7 (w)  Cancelled (w)
14/01/2017   Crusaders 2 (a)    Cancelled (w)
21/01/2017 Dereham (a) Norwich 3 (h)    
28/01/2017 Norwich Medics Diss 3 (a)    
04/02/2017 Cup Fixtures      
11/02/2017 Wymondham 2 Holt 2 (a)    
18/02/2017 Norwich 2 (a) Beccles 2    
25/02/2017 Cup Fixtures      
04/03/2017 West Norfolk 2 Southwold 2 (a)    
11/03/2017 North Walsham 2 (a) Swaffham 2    
18/03/2017   U.E.A    
25/03/2017 Diss 2 Watton (a)    
01/04/2017   Gt Yar - Broadland 2    
08/04/2017   Lowestoft & Yarmouth 2 (a)    
15/04/2017 Cup Fixtures, Easter Weekend      
22/04/2017 Banham Cup       
06/05/2017 Norfolk Cup Finals      

Fakenham 2nd 15 Broadlands Gt Yarmouth 2nd 0 - EC4N

Fakenham and Broadlands faced off for a top of the league clash in this EC4 North game with the winner almost guaranteed promotion to EC3 North for next season. Both teams were expecting a hard fought game and it did not disappoint with the Broadlands forwards showing dominance and the experienced Fakenham backs helping their own forward out with the defensive duties. Broadlands forwards were winning all their scrummage ball and making it very difficult for Fakenham (who were going backwards a lot of the time) but they still managed to make use of the scrummage ball, in open play and lineouts the teams were well matched and it was going to be the team that used the possession better that would win the game. The visitors showed they were going to use their strength and weight advantage to win the game but Fakenham withstood the early onslaught to keep the scoreboard level a 0-0. Fakenham launched attacks of their own but at this stage of the game they could not break down the Broadlands defence but the signs