Fakenham 29 - 25 Norwich Union - Eastern Counties 1 (north)

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Fakenham survive bruising encounter to maintain unbeaten record.

Fakenham came into this game expecting a tough encounter, Norwich Union being the only team to have put any significant points past them so far this season.  The two teams play opposing styles of rugby, Norwich Union predominantly using a strong, well drilled pack against Fakenham, a side looking to use the pace and ability of their back line.

Norwich Union were the first team to score.  Gathering the kick off and putting together a solid 10 minutes of phases using their bigger pack to run aggressively at Fakenham.  Fakenham's defense was good and held out for a long period but eventually the pressure told and Norwich Union went 1 score up, 0-7.

Fakenham regrouped and almost immediately struck back, using their own pack to drag in the Norwich Union defense and allowing space for Jordii Walker to run into a gap and through to the line and Lloyd Marshall converted 7-7.  The next score also went in Fakenham's favour very shortly after.  This time Fakenham moved the ball through short quick

Broadlands 6 Fakenham 26 – Eastern Counties 1N

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At the weekend, Fakenham travelled to the Gt Yarmouth Broadlands ground with 5 changes from the previous week’s team but still in good spirits despite this having won 7 from 7 games. The conditions were wet with a strong wind, not the best for handling and running rugby but both sides tried hard to play their normal game but with mixed results.

Fakenham scored early in the first half with Jordii Walker cutting a strong line, taking a pass at speed and breaking through a number of tackles to score under the post to give the visitors the lead, the conversion was good by Tom Bane-Young 0 -7. Broadland with physically the bigger set of forwards pressed forwards but the Fakenham defence held firm and when the home side were awarded a penalty they opted to kick at the posts and were successful 3-7.  Fakenham again looked dangerous in attack and surged forwards, a swift passing move at pace saw Murray Tindall break the Broadlands defensive line and score the second try of the game, converted by Tom Bane-Young 3-14.  Fakenham pressed their advantage in the hunt for more tries and Jordii Walker scored his second try with some strong running to go

Beccles v Fakenham – Eastern Counties Division 1 North.

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Another game and yet another bonus point win for Fakenham giving them a clean slate of beating all of the opposing teams in the league with bonus points in all games – however, this headline was only part of the story. Beccles started well taking the play into the Fakenham half with their more physical side and they scored the first try of the game after 19 minutes to lead 7-0. Fakenham then gathered themselves together after this setback and 6 minutes later Brett Stolworthy ran in an excellent try on the right wing to pull the score back to 7-5. Fakenham were now getting settled into their game plan and 2 minutes later Lloyd Marshall scored under the posts after a good backs passing move that came directly from the restart, 7-10. Beccles not to be outdone scored an unconverted try shortly after, their physical game proving awkward for the much lighter and faster Fakenham side, 12-10. The pattern of play persisted with Beccles camped out in the Fakenham half only to see the speed of the Fakenham side breakout and run the ball toward the Beccles line before they had a chance to do anything about it. Two more scores to Fakenham in the first half saw the half time score 12-27.

The half time team talk had some effect and the second half was not

Eastern Counties 1 (North) Fakenham v Swaffham

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Fakenham hosted a strong Swaffham on a windy Saturday afternoon.  Swaffham put on a strong physical contest but Fakenham came out winners with a 26-12 score line and the 4-try bonus point to retain their unbeaten League record for this season.  The wind caused trouble for both sides throughout the game with lineout throws going astray and passes not always going to hands.

Fakenham's scrum and lineout were put under heavy pressure throughout the match by a good Swaffham pack.  It wasn’t until midway through the first half that Fakenham were finally able to open the scoring.  A slick running line and determination allowed Josh Sperring to get to the try line and touchdown for the opening score, which was promptly converted by Tom Bane Young.  Soon after, Fakenham were again building pressure on the Swaffham line with multiple phases from the pack.  The ball was spun wide and Luke Taylor evaded a couple of defenders to score in the corner.  At no point were the Swaffham side overwhelmed and they continued to play good rugby and attack the strong Fakenham defense.  A lapse in concentration resulted in missed tackles and Swaffham were able to bring a score back taking it up to half time at 12-7.

The second half continued in much the same manner, excellent competitive rugby with aggressive running and tackling.  Fakenham’s third try was the result of a well worked backs move using Jordi Walker to draw in the defense and opening a large hole for Ian Williamson to gallop through.  Swaffham were the next to score, a good try which allowed them to tie in Fakenham’s otherwise solid defense and score in the corner.  The final Fakenham try went to Adam Lingwood.  The Swaffham defense was expecting the ball to be moved out from a ruck leaving no defenders directly in front.  Adam spotted this, picked up the ball, took it straight over the ruck and ran in for the score.  Swaffham were pressuring the Fakenham line right to the final whistle but there were no further scores.  Fakenham hold their commanding position at the top of the table and move on to play Beccles away next week, start time usual 3:00pm.

West Norfolk 1st XV 34 - 33 Fakenham 1st XV - Norfolk Intermediate Cup

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A disappointing loss for Fakenham’s 1st XV this week playing away at a side mid table in the league above.  West Norfolk kicked off the fixture which was well gathered and recycled before Fakenham’s backs strung some slick passes together and George Ready scored within the first minute of the fixture.  West Norfolk started to put some phases and strong runs together but Fakenhams defensive line remained strong and the next score again came from Fakenham, this time by Brett Stolworthy.  West Norfolk got themselves on the scoreboard with a converted try 5 minutes later and were beginning to increase the pressure and vary the attacks on Fakenhams defensive line.  However Fakenham, as in previous weeks were strong in defense and they carried two further scores in through the remainder of the half.  The first a full team effort progressively moving the ball further up the pitch until Tom Bane Young dived around the corner to touchdown.  The 2nd, a great solo effort from Brett Stolworthy who scooped up a loose ball in the Fakenham half and ran in the 75 meters to score.  The half time score was 26 - 7 in favour of Fakenham.

Unfortunately, due to injuries, Fakenham had to play the entire second half with 14 men and this 1 man advantage tipped the balance in favour of West Norfolk.  Fakenham were only able to put up 1 score through Murray Tindall while West Norfolk scored a further 5 Trys.  The last of these came as the final play of the game and the subsequent conversion took West Norfolk ahead for the first time in the game.  Despite the loss, Fakenham were very pleased with their performance.  Missing any of their regular centers and playing the entire 2nd half with 14 men yet still only just being beaten by a single point shows that when they are promoted they will be able to compete well in the league above.  The Norfolk Brewhouse sponsored

Fakenham 2nd XV 62 - 12 Norwich Medics 2nd XV- Eastern Counties 3 (north)

Fakenham 2nd XV gave a strong well rounded performance in putting up a large score against a fit and fast Norwich Medics side.  Captain Adam Steele led from the front with strong runs pulling in defenders while Josh Gee was able to use his pace to punch several holes in the Medics defence leading to multiple scores.  Tries came from Josh Gee (6), Callum Frost (2), George Loades and captain Adam Steele along with conversions by George Loades and Mark Allen.

Next Weekend both sides play home fixtures.  The 1st XV host one local rival, Swaffham 1st XV whilst the 2nd XV host another, Dereham 1st XV.

2017.10.07

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Norwich Medics 0 - 33 Fakenham

Fakenham visited Norwich Medics for the 5th league game of the season.  Norwich medics started the stronger of the two sides and were aggressive and fluent in attack.  For the first 20 minutes Fakenham stuttered going forward but their defense was once again solid and the medics were unable to capitalise on the possession and territory.

Eventually Fakenham settled into their game and began to run some phases with forwards taking it into contact, recycling the ball and allowing the backs to get the scoreboard ticking over.  Determined running by Jordi Walker set the pace but it was Murray Tindall who grounded 2 trys in the first half, converted by Tom Bane Young.  One of these was a fantastic run in from near the half way line evading the Medics wing and full back to score under the uprights.

The Norwich Medics side started the second half with renewed energy but the Fakenham defense were again a match for their attack.  With the Medics pack beginning to tire the Fakenham forwards took advantage.  The Fakenham pack started to turn over rucks and make more yards running with the ball but the dominance was most evident in a scrum that was driven 15 meters to allow Howard Kellock to score from the back.  The next try again came on the back of strong forwards play tying in the Medics defence before Josh Gee displayed his strength of running taking the ball at full speed and breaking tackles to score under the posts.  The final try developed similar to that before it but this time the ball was spun wide allowing Murray Tindall to coast in for this third of the day and sealing his Man of the Match performance.

Fakenham 2nd XV travelled to Holt to play their 3rd XV, a tough encounter which was lost 50 - 5.  Fakenham played well despite having only 13 men available to play and were able to create some excellent opportunities, giving a good Holt side a close run in the forwards.  The Fakenham try was scored by their man of the match, George Loades.