Wymondham 3’s 22-27 Fakenham 2’s – Eastern Counties Merit Table 3N

Fakenham’s second team travelled to Wymondham thirds for this EC3N Merit Table game in severely windy conditions knowing not only would they be battling against their hosts but also the weather. The wind which was roughly blowing straight down the pitch was so strong that the goal posts were bending under the pressure.

With the wind at their backs the Fakenham side applied some early pressure but the wind made handling difficult for both sides, regularly resulting in either a knock on or dropped passes. The hosts were the first to put points on the board when a move down the left-hand side of the pitch saw them score a try. The conversion stood absolutely no chance as it was straight into the wind 5-0. Fakenham then rallied and pushed into the Wymondham half, from a penalty move the ball was moved to Josh Gee and he out-paced the defence to score on the left wing, the conversion was attempted by Matt Hardman but it missed the target 5-5. Josh added another try when a good passing move saw him take a wide arc outside the defence to score his second; Matt was on target with his downwind conversion to take the score to 5-12. Fakenham were now pushing their wind advantage as they drove forwards and managed to get Josh free once again to score an unconverted try 5-17. Wymondham were not down however and fought back to score an unconverted try themselves taking

Fakenham 21 – Wymondham 31 – London Counties 3EC

After a week off from league action Fakenham welcomed top of the table Wymondham in this pulsating London 3 Eastern Counties League game. A lively start from the home side saw them dominate the first ten minutes with Wymondham unable to get out of their own 22. Tom Bane-Young burst through Wymondham’s defence and Jordan Walker was unlucky not to take the pass which would have seen him score. A short while later Murray Tindal nearly made the line but was pulled down just before. It was then Lloyd Marshall’s turn to come close with some lovely interplay between him and Rory Singleton. Fakenham did manage to cross the whitewash after a scrum when scrum half Luke Taylor when blind, a quick ruck and the ball was spun out to Tom Bane-Young who crashed through the defence to score under the posts. Lloyd Marshal converted to make the score 7-0 to the home side.
If the first ten minutes belonged to Fakenham then the second ten minutes belonged to Wymondham who scored a good try from a driving lineout. The conversion bounced off the post to leave Fakenham in the lead, 7-5.
Both sides must have been a little disappointed with their ball retention as many turnovers were occurring which made for an open and exciting game for the large crowd. Wymondham finally went ahead for the first time after 35 minutes of play with a well worked try that was converted from the touchline. The lead did not last long as

Fakenham 66 Thurston 26. - London Counties 3EC

The weekend saw Fakenham further secure their mid table position in this very competitive London 3 Eastern Counties league.After Jordan Walker’s first victory as the new Fakenham captain in his opening game last week. hopes were running high for a repeat

After ten minutes play Thurston seemed slightly the stronger side, but Fakenham’s Tom Bane-Young placed a speculative kick into the away teams 22. The ball was allowed to bobble and roll with indecision from the Thurston defence, however Murray Tindal pounced on the ball to score, converted by Lloyd Marshal.
Thurston regrouped and drew level five minutes later with a well-rehearsed rolling maul, but not to be outdone, Fakenham once again took the lead shortly after with a good move from a pressured scrum 40 meters out. Fakenham’s scrum half, Luke Taylor, just managed to get the ball out and passed it to Jordan Walker who hit the line at and he scored a remarkable, individual try under the posts, converted by Lloyd Marshal.
Just to keep up the pattern of the game, Thurston once again drew level after some good work from their centres and, it must be said, some less than impressive tackling by the home side.
The game was now staring to open up with some powerful play from Joe Bane-young, Jack Powel-Thorne and

Fakenham 24-19 Wisbech – London Counties 3EC

After the earlier season meeting with a depleted Fakenham side, the home side were expecting as difficult a game as last time these two sides met, when Wisbech ran out easy winners. Fakenham were hoping that with a much more full strength side, this London 3EC league match would be closer.
The game was very competitive right from the whistle with both sides determined to dominate the game and Wisbech immediately took the upper hand, showing strength and determination in their loose play. Fakenham however dominated the set scrummage and this would be the pattern for most of the game. Wisbech were the first to make a concerted attack and were rewarded with a converted try 0-7. The home side responded a minute later, forcing the visitors back into their own 22 metre area with Damon Howick scoring under the , converted by Lloyd Marshall 7-7. The game had developed into a fierce battle with both sides forcing the pace with defences working hard to break down any attacking movements. Fakenham were steadily pushed back with Wisbech using their back row and other forwards to push into the Fakenham half, the home side unfortunately conceded a penalty allowing the visitors to kick for touch. The resulting 5 metre lineout was a well worked catch and drive and Fakenham just could not stop the Wisbech play and conceded the , also converted 7-14.
Fakenham tried hard to get level again but were