Fakenham hosted this EC2 North league game against last seasons’ league winners Broadlands GY, full of confidence after last weeks’ narrow defeat away to Diss second team and happy to hear that the referee injured the previous week was fine. Fakenham started well, putting the visitors under pressure right from the start of the game although Broadlands did not look the same strength of team compared to last season but they competed well and frustrated Fakenham with regularity. The home side continued to press into the visitors half and 8 minutes into the game got their reward when Tom Bane-Young received the ball after some great work by the forwards and
cut inside the first defender and then fended of a second to score under the posts, Tom then added the conversion to make the score 7-0. Broadlands were stunned by the ease of the score as their defence had been working well, they would have to chase the game now looking to get on to the scoreboard themselves. The game went into a more open phase as both sides attacked but they both also made mistakes, gifting the ball back to the other team. Fakenham adapted better to this phase of play and they steadily pushed Broadland back into their own 22 metre area, only to knock the ball on again. From the resulting scrum Broadland won the ball and attempted a clearing kick that was charged down by Tom B-Y who scooped up the ball to score under the posts for another converted try 14-0. The game continued with both teams launching attacks only to be thwarted by fierce defence from the other right up until the half time whistle with Fakenham leading 14-0.
The Fakenham forwards showed good skills from the restart at both line out and scrum with some good ball carrying by Clay, Kellock, Warren, Singleton, Stewart and Hunt to build an attacking platform for the speedy backs and allowing them to dominate territory. Michael Toher a slightly built flanker, typified the tenacity of the forwards when he refused to be tackled, spinning and driving to score his try, which was again converted by Tom B-Y 21-0. Adam Lingwood (captain) lead his forwards well, leading by example when he caught a Broadlands player in possession just outside their 22 metre line and supported by King and Warren turned over the ball. The result was a quick transfer of the ball through the backs hands allowing Harry Richardson to use his footwork and sidestep to pick the narrowest of gaps through the visitors’ defence to score his try and Fakenham’s fourth to assure them the bonus point. Tom B-Y was on hand to slot the conversion and take the score to 28-0. Fakenham looked to score more points and with an attack launched from their own 10 metre line sent runners forward and recycled the ball to first of all set Josh Sperring down the left-hand side of pitch, and then with a deft pass to winger Josh Gee some 40 metres out, Gee hit the gas and flew down the wing, outpacing the would be defenders to score his try wide out on the left wing. Stand-off Tom B-Y had this difficult kick to make it a perfect 5 from 5 conversions and curled the ball between the posts to take the score to 35-0. This was the final score of the game and when the referee blew for full time the team and the home support were very pleased with the final result, coach Mike Curry was impressed with his players and their commitment to all aspects of the game.
Fakenham first team will travel to Norwich Union for the next round of EC2 North league program with kick off at 3pm. Fakenham seconds are without a scheduled fixture this week but will look for an exchange fixture to play at home or away. Players who are looking to turn out this week should respond quickly to availability messages and attend training on Tuesday night. Fakenham Rugby Club will be hosting their first pre-match lunch Saturday 1st October, please