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
kicked by Tom Bane-Young. West replied strongly and were soon applying their own pressure on Fakenham but no real dominance was in evidence from either side as either small infringements or errant passes in the strong wind just missing a hand brought many good moves from both side to a standstill, and thus it was that the game seemed to go from end to end and back again with regularity. A bright spot in the first half was the sun coming out after 20 minutes play and 10 minutes later Fakenham's Luke Taylor crossed the line in the corner for Fakenham's second try of the game, the conversion again being kick by TB-Y. More pressure from West followed but Jack Whiteside led a good breakout almost on halftime with a solo run from inside the Fakenham half beating all that West could put against him to score under the posts with once again the conversion being slotted over by TB-Y.
The halftime talk obviously had some effect on West as applied a lot of pressure to Fakenham right from the restart resulting in a well deserved converted try and Fakenham's lead cut to 14 points. The play following this was definitely mixed from both sides with good positions from both sides lost for the same reasons as the first half as the wind grew stronger and frustrations crept in resulting in the game ebbing and flowing with no side really in control and it was only in the last 5 minutes that Fakenham really picked up their game and applied sustained pressure on West, seeing them camped on the West 10m line. Then ensued something that had to be seen to be believed, a textbook training ground move was tried with Stephen Clay kicking over the West defense, but the wind took the ball up almost vertically and looking as though it may float out over the deal ball line, but, it also came down vertically, bounced on its point, again vertically, straight into the hands of Adam Lingwood (one of 3 Fakenham players to follow up the kick) for a simple touchdown and a bonus point for 4 tries, unfortunately the conversion rattled the upright this time to end the game 7-26 to Fakenham.
Not one of their finer games but all sections performed reasonably well and the 5 points lifts them into a comfortable 4th place in the table
Next weeks game is at home to Diss 2nd, kickoff 2:30pm.