Fakenham Foxes 0 v Southwold Swallows 26

The Foxes took on Southwold in a post-Christmas friendly game which was played in excellent spirit by both teams. The game gave the Foxes the opportunity to try new players out in different positions. Southwold quickly took control of the game scoring a try in the first few minutes. This gave the Foxes a wake-up call and they then threw themselves in to the game making some big tackles. However the Foxes could not hold off Southwold for long as they broke through the line again to score. In the second half the Foxes improved their game; there were some good moves from the backs and the forwards gained ground driving the ball forward. The Foxes were denied a few opportunities on the try line after some excellent running from the wingers. Southwold added to the score again before the final whistle. The Foxes are always looking for new players to join the team. We train every Wednesday from 6:45pm at Fakenham RFC. Come and give rugby a go!

Foxes v Hitchen

Foxes 21 Hitchen 31

The Foxes finally kicked off their season with their first match against Hitchin. Despite lacking in numbers the Foxes were full of energy and enthusiasm and Sunday's team included 2 new players making their Foxes debut. The Foxes started well, launching an intense attack on the opposition, remaining in their half for the first 15 minutes. Unfortunately the Foxes failed to capitalise so the first try came from Hitchin who were eventually able to break away and make good use of the pace they had on the wing. One try led to another despite some strong defence by the Foxes so by the end of the first half the score sat at 0-17.

Fakenham Foxes v Southwold

In freezing cold conditions the Foxes played Southwold in their last home game of the Season. The Foxes kicked off and Sarah Wheelhouse put a clever kick into the corner putting the opposition under pressure and they knocked on. The Foxes should have scored but the ball was held up. The Foxes were camped in Southold's half with attack after attack but poor conditions slowed the game down and Southwold were able to get back and cover. Hazel Bridges making precious ground and taking contact to recycle to the backs. The Foxes playing well but just could not break the solid Southwold defence. Southwold scored a try against the play just before half time. 0-5

In the Second half Southwold had gained confidence and the game was more even.
The opposition attacked but also made errors, which the Foxes did not capitalize on. The Foxes knew the game still could be won so carried on with spirit and determination. Kerry Holl returning to the Foxes having a great game at 9.
Captain Mandy Warren pound of the team's performance but disappointed that the game was not won in the first half. Final Score 0-5

Fakenham 15 Hitchin 5

Hitchin travelled to Fakenham with 14 and the game commenced 14 a side.
It was clear after the first 10 minutes this would be an evenly matched game; both sides working hard to get that first try. It was a scrappy first half but the Foxes got a penalty in front of the posts and Sarah Wheelhouse kicked with ease getting the Foxes crucial points.
Sandier Toher returning to the Foxes for her first game of the season with a fantastic performance at Hooker, winning opposition ball and providing the Foxes with vital possession.
Half time 3-0
The Foxes settled down in the second half and played set moves and stepped up the pressure. The Foxes attacked and Hannah White smashed her way through the centre to score, Kirstie Smith converting. Captain Mandy Warren making good ground with the forwards recycling for the backs to work from and great line out work also gave the Foxes a platform to play from.
The Foxes sat back for just a moment and allowed Hitchin a breakaway try.
The Foxes concentration was now key and the side was determined not to slip up again.
A Foxes team try was added before the end the forwards won the ball and it was played down the backs line for Ange Waterson to score. The game was played in good spirit with both teams enjoying their rugby. Full Time 15 – 5.
Players of the Match – Sandie Toher & Ange Waterson

Fakenham 0 Market Deeping 42

The Foxes suffered a heavy defeat against Market Deeping who had a squad of 20 with solid forwards and experienced backs. The Foxes could not cope with their strength taking the ball into contact in twos and threes, sucking the Foxes in and then recycling to their backs. Deepings 10 shipped ball to the backs and made strong runs all game. The Foxes enjoyed this game but the opposition did not allow them into the game. Player of the Match Helena Cribbins

Fakenham 5 Wymondham 54

The Foxes took to the field fired up for their local derby, they knew it would be a tough game with Wymondham top of the league. The game commenced and the Foxes conceded an early try. The Foxes forwards battled hard and made ground but Wymondham defence stopped them. Wymondham had numerous fast players in their backs and they scored breakaway tries all game. The Foxes never gave up and spirit and determination carried them on to the end. In the last 10 minutes the Foxes pressured to get something from the game. Just before the final whistle Kirstie Smith scored a well deserved try.