West Norfolk 2nd 7 - Fakenham 26 - Eastern Counties 2N

Fakenham travelled to West Norfolk for this EC2n fixture on the back of their 71-0 demolition of Beccles a couple of weeks ago. The side was missing a couple of players through injury but was still reasonably strong. Weather conditions on arrival at the ground were awful; the heavy rain of the morning thankfully easing but there was still a strong crosswind to contend with on the pitch that the game had been moved to (the main pitch was waterlogged in parts).
Fakenham started off brightly enough and posted the first score after only 2 minutes when a good move from the backs put Jack Whiteside through on a good run to outpace the West defense and score under the posts, the conversion being

Fakenham 2nds – 11 v Broadland 2nds – 10

This EC4 North league match saw Fakenham field a full side with one on the bench for the first time for a league game this season giving the home side a welcome lift before the start. The game kicked off and both sides showed their intent to win the match with good forceful play without penetrating the defence to score. Territory was hard won but then poor handling or infringements at the breakdown cost the attacking side possession allowing the defending side to relieve the pressure. This pattern continued until one Fakenham attack reached the 22m area and saw Broadland's get frustrated and

Fakenham 71 Beccles 2nds 0

Fakenham had a successful pre-match lunch at the weekend with 42 sitting down for lunch before this EC2 North league game between the hosts and the recently promoted Beccles second team who it has to be said are finding it tougher at the slightly higher level of competition of this season's campaign. Beccles could only muster a bare 15 players to travel to the match; this meant they could not afford any injuries at all. From the outset Fakenham were dominant in the scrum and had the quicker stronger backs from the evidence of the early exchanges but Beccles had the upper hand in the lineout. Fakenham took the lead when Lloyd Marshall outpaced the Beccles defence after some good work down the left wing and Tom Bane-Young 7-0 converted the try. Beccles defended well for a short time but Steven Clay, playing on the right wing, went on one of his barnstorming runs knocking defenders over and rounding the

Holt 2nd 20 – Fakenham 30 – Eastern Counties 2 North

After the two wins of the previous week Fakenham were looking forward to even more of an improvement as a couple of missing players were now back in the side. A furious start from Holt immediately took the wind out of Fakenham's sails and it took them a while to settle in to the game. When they did they set up a huge driving maul deep into the Holt half, which eventually led to a penalty, which Tom Bane-Young converted. The Holt reply was to again put Fakenham under pressure with a kick over Fakenham's heads which they collected and scored a converted try from to take the score to 7-3. Fakenham replied with a good run from Josh Gee only for Holt to infringe again and gain another three points from the boot of Tom Bane-Young.

A somewhat frenetic passage of play then ensued with the game regularly going from one end to the pitch to the other and back again. That marked the end of Fakenham's dominance as Holt then scored a try and a penalty to make the score 17-6 only for Tom Bane-Young to run in a try for Fakenham just before the break which he also converted to go in to half time 17-13.

Fakenham's discipline needed to improve as they were giving away far too many penalties in scrums and at the breakdown, unfortunately the start of the second half was just as ill disciplined and Holt ended with another penalty to go up 20-13 up. This finally galvanised Fakenham and they suddenly learned how to play in a way to the referee's liking and at last worked to their game plan, which led to tries from Bane-Young and Jack Whiteside.

Despite only having one player on the bench Fakenham's fitness and belief began to show which led to a well worked passage of play ending with Josh Gee out pacing the defence to go in for the try. From the restart Fakenham finally had an answer to the kick chase of Holt when Captain Bob Sayer received the restart and immediately fed Adam Lingwood, who had been making yards all game, he ran powerfully up field and sucked in the Holt forwards. From the ruck the quick ball was spun wide to Harry Richardson who ran confidently into space, his perfectly timed pass released Lloyd Marshall who out sprinted the defence to touch down for the bonus point and final try of the game. Final score Holt 20 Fakenham 30.
Next week with no league action both sides are at home for a squad fixture against North Walsham start at 3:00 pm.