Fakenham have played two pre-season games over the last two weeks and in the First Fakenham (EC2 North) played Crusaders (EC1) away on Saturday 27th August. Both clubs were missing a number of first choice players due to holidays, Cricket and harvest time but gave good accounts of themselves. Fakenham won the game 5-12after some spells of great play and once again the defensive system kept a rampant Crusaders from increasing their score line. Fakenham were the happier of the two sides as beating a club from a higher league certainly hwlped to build confidence heading into the new league season.
Last Saturday Fakenham played Swaffham (also an EC1 team) at home. Fakenham were unfortunately forced to make changes due to lack of availability of players who had played the precious week. Fakenham seemed slightly off the pace of their opponents right from the start and lost the first quarter by a converted try to nil 0-7. It was not all one sided however but Fakenham
lacked the sharpness required to finish off good scoring opportunities and were sorely needing the team talk at the break. The second quarter was a better affair right from the home side with Josh Sperring (Vice Captain) scoring an unconverted try. Although Swaffham did launch many attacks the home side mustered their defence well and continually frustrated their visitors. This quarter was more even in both territory and possession and was a great contest and at half time the score was 5-7.
The second half saw Swaffham up the intensity of their game and they put Fakenham under pressure and stretched the defensive system more and more until finally it broke and allowed the visitors to score a converted try. The home side tried to rally but after promising build ups they coughed up the ball and found themselves back on the defensive. The third quarter ended with the score 5-14 in favour of the visitors. Fakenham would have to raise their game if they wanted to get back on terms with Swaffham and the break was well timed for coach Mike Curry to reinvigorate his men for the last quarter. Unfortunate Fakenham were unable to raise their game sufficiently to get back on terms but they did not let themselves down and have learnt some important lessons from the game and the coach will definitely work them into the clubs training sessions.
Training takes place on Tuesday evening from 7pm and if the Olympic rugby Sevens has inspired you to start, restart or just come and watch we welcome players and spectators alike. Next Saturday sees the start of the League season with the 1st team away to Diss 2nd whilst the 2nd team host Lowestoft and Yarmouth 2nd at home for their opening EC3 fixture (having been promoted at the end of last season).