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.

Fakenham 22 North Walsham 2nds 32

A mixed Fakenham first and second team hosted a strong North Walsham second team for an off league squad friendly in order to give Mike Curry, the Fakenham coach, a chance to assess the development of some of the second team players. The game was a tough one for one or two players who have not played at this level for one to two years and the game highlighted some additional training needs for a couple of the players. The North Walsham team looked well drilled and had a very strong pack of forwards but Fakenham in turn had the stronger backs line and this made for a very interested game. Fakenham

Wymondham 3rd XV-7 Fakenham 2nd XV-30

Wymondham and Fakenham decided to go ahead with this fixture even though Fakenham only had 11 but in the true spirit of rugby Wymondham loaned a player to make 12 players to play 13 from the home side. The game was a tense affair both teams wanting the win this EC4 North league fixture. Fakenham had the better of the backs exchanges and the forwards were well matched with neither side giving ground easily. Fakenham made the first break through a George Ready kick and chase through judging the bounce perfectly to gather and outpace the defence to score the try and convert it himself 0-7. The game was tough and there were some injuries due to the ferocity of some of the tackling and rucking