Fakenham 58 West Norfolk 2nds 0 – Eastern Counties 2N

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Fakenham entertained West Norfolk seconds at home in an EC2 North league fixture looking for their twelfth win in a row. West Norfolk had other ideas however and right from the kick off harried Fakenham and pressed their early advantage to push Fakenham back into their own 22 metre area for long periods and in an effort to protect their line Fakenham infringed at various areas of play and gave away 6 penalties in a row and were warned by the referee about their discipline and the possibility of a penalty try.  Fakenham’s defence work well but the spectators were confused as to why West did not attempt to kick any of the penalties as they seemed to have the upper hand at that stage of the game. After about 10-12 minutes Fakenham finally made it back to the half way line and stand-off Lloyd Marshall broke the West line and then

proceeded to outpace the cover defence and score under the posts, converting his own try to give Fakenham a 7-0 lead against the run of play. West rallied and took the attack back to the home side but Fakenham were equal and showed both how dangerous their pacey backs were and how strong their forwards could be on the front foot. On one attack John Wilson, playing on the wing in this game, showed his strength to force his way over the line for Fakenham’s second try but it was right out wide on the left wing and in the windy conditions difficult to convert the kick 12-0. Man of the match Lloyd Marshall then sored Fakenham’s third try closed to the post to make his conversion easier and the kick was good 19-0 and this remained the score at half time.

The second half saw Fakenham take a much firmer grip on the game and although West took a full part they would not in the end trouble the scoreboard. Fakenham increased their lead through number 8 Howard Kellock after some good forward recycling gave him the chance to break off and make the try line, unfortunately the kick just missed its mark, 24-0. Fakenham now had the wind at their backs and made good use with kicks to gain territory and launch attacks from the halfway or the visitors 10 metre line and after a break down the ball was moved to Josh Gee who went on a maizey meandering run from wide on the left and ended with him scoring under the posts to give Lloyd the chance to increase the score with a straight forward conversion 31-0. Fakenham’s next two tries both came from forwards which was a great reward for all the pack as they had put immense pressure on the West forwards. The first to score was hooker Rory Singleton and the second was Steven Hogg called up to the front row to cover some player unavailability; both tries were unconverted, 41-0. As Fakenham rang the changes from the bench it did not impact on their performance with three more tries from the backs, the first of these was Josh Gee’s second of the game, unconverted 46-0. Luke Taylor who had had a great defensive and attacking game then threaded through the defence to score but his conversion attempt missed the target 51-0. Adam “Keith” Steel scored the final try after an excellent run, and as a reward he was allowed to take his own conversion, which he duly put over the bar, 58-0. The final whistle was to immediately follow the final score and West will feel points had gone begging at the start of game for all their efforts they left the pitch with a big zero on the scoreboard. Fakenham stand in Captain, Adam Lingwood, was pleased with his team’s response to the initial defensive work and that they had finally turned it into a game of attack with some excellent free running rugby.

Fakenham’s first team will travel to Diss Saracens next week in the next league encounter with eyes on increasing their unbeaten run whilst the second team will travel to Broadland seconds for their second of a six game series to try to secure promotion to EC3 North. This means there will be no home game next week but travelling support would be most welcome at either game to cheer the players on in these tough fixtures.