Fakenham 8 Norwich Medics 10 – Eastern Counties 2N

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Fakenham hosted Norwich Medics for this important EC2 North league game on the back of their first defeat in 13 games against Diss 2’s. Medics were going to be tough opposition as the games over the last 3 seasons had all been very close affairs but Fakenham had possibly the physiological advantage having beaten Medics on their home turf earlier in the season. The game as predicted was close with ebb and flow to both sides but Medics were the first to hit the scoreboard with a penalty to give them 0-3 lead. Fakenham were showing plenty of signs that they had shaken off the last defeat and they put some very good moves together and finally crossed the line only for the off load of the ball to hit the support players

foot to go dead. Fakenham’s attacks opened gaps but their handling let them down in the less than favourable wet and windy conditions. Fakenham finally made their mark on the scoreboard with a Chris Glossop surge forward breaking through the Medics defence and Howard Kellock was on hand to pick and dive and score the try, the wind however was swirling and Marshall was unable to convert the kick, 5-3. Both teams tried hard to move the ball but no further score was achieved and the score remained 5-3 at half time.

The second half saw a very similar pattern until Medics scoring a try close to the post and with the kick good they increased their lead to 5-10 finally broke the deadlock. Fakenham tried hard to get back on terms and were rewarded with a penalty which Marshall kicked the points to take the score back to 8-10. The home side pushed hard for the win but each time they got close they just could not finish the job off and in the end had to settle for a losing bonus point allowing Medics to move into third with Fakenham staying in 4th position four points behind. Fakenham firsts do not have a fixture next week but will return to action on 19th March away to Wymondham seconds.