This EC2 North League game saw a meeting of two sides meet who were both riding high in the table and chasing Diss seconds who had set the early pace in the league. The game began as a tense affair with both teams more intent on not conceding than concentrating on scoring themselves. Fakenham looked the stronger of the sides in the early exchanges being camped in the Medics half for the first 15 minutes but with nothing to show for it. The match came to life after Medics had infringe 40 metres out and Fakenham’s stand-off Tom Bane-Young struck the penalty to bisect the posts and give the visitors the lead 0-3. The opening score fired the game into life with both sides trying to play rugby and launching well-organised attacks, the defences held firm, although there were signs of what was
to come later in the game. Fakenham were adjudged to have infringed at a breakdown to give the Medic’s kicker the opportunity to level the scores and he duly stepped up and struck the ball through the upright 3-3. Medics were to have a further penalty chance but the kick fell short to leave the game finely balanced going into half time with the score 3-3.
The second half came to life right from the kick-off with Fakenham going for the jugular but the breaks didn’t quite get away from the Medic’s defence with last ditch tackles pulling down the would be try scorer. Fakenham had to be patient and to keep making the breaks, passing with precision and timing their opportunity would hopefully end in the telling move. The attacks built in both intensity and speed, moving the Medic’s defence around and confusing them as to who was going to be the strike runner when suddenly George Ready broke from the line with pace and sped through the defence to score the first try of the game. Tom B-Y added the conversion to take the score to 3-10. Fakenham didn’t have long to wait for try number two when the inter passing between the backs gave the ball to Ready again and he showed a clean pair of heels to the pursuing Medic’s players to score his second try of the game, again converted by Tom B-Y to stretch the lead to 3-17. Fakenham were definitely on a roll and their next attack pushed deep into the Medics half and forced a penalty for Tom B-Y to slot between the posts, 3-20. The next Fakenham score was possibly the most satisfying as most of the team were involved in a 60 metre flowing move with some fantastic quick and accurate handling to set up Ready again for his hat trick try, wide on the right wing unfortunately the conversion missed it’s mark 3-25. The pace and intensity of the game was taking it’s toll on the Fakenham players with 3 injuries requiring side-line treatment before re-joining the fray and helping to secure the four try bonus point when the forwards drove a 5 metre scrum forward and number 8 Howard Kellock picked and drove for the line, the forwards had deserved this try for all their hard work during the game taking the score to 3-30. Fakenham were to score another unconverted try before Medic’s hit their own purple patch for 15 mins putting Fakenham under the cosh and scoring two converted tries (one a penalty try for persistent offences by the Fakenham defence), and an unconverted try at the death of the game. Fakenham were relieved to hear the final whistle as the injuries and previous exertions were taking their toll on the spirited Fakenham players. The final score was a win for Fakenham 22-35; this lifted them to the lead of Division 2N after the match between Diss 2 and North Walsham 2 was tied.
Fakenham first team do not have a game next weekend giving a much needed rest for the injured and ill players but Fakenham seconds will be in action under stand in captain Bob Sayer