West Norfolk 2nd 14 – Fakenham 48 – Eastern Counties 2N.

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Fakenham travelled to West Norfolk last Saturday for their EC2N fixture, fortunately the rain had stopped but a strong blustery NW wind was well in evidence.

Fakenham started really well and quickly showed why there is the gap between both themselves and Diss in the league with an early try created from a forwards driving maul finished off by strong backs running to give Adam Steele his first try of the game after only 3 minutes. The conversion was slotted over by Tom Bane-Young to give Fakenham a quick 0-7 lead in the game. West came back well but did not look like they were going to threaten the try line. Fakenham could have had another try had they spotted the regularly untended blindside but they had to wait a while to get another try. It was in the 28th minute when good work from Fakenham led to Josh Gee getting his first try of the game way out on the right wing. The conversion attempt was missed by Tom B-Y, leaving Fakenham in the lead by

0-12. West began to put the pressure on from the restart and used Fakenham’s complacency and indiscipline at the ruck to score a try of their own from a penalty against Fakenham. A successful conversion narrowed the gap to 7-12. This re focused Fakenham and they managed to score twice more to earn the bonus point before half time, the first a good solo try to Tom Bane-Young (unfortunately the conversion bounced off the uprights again) and the second was another for Adam Steele that was successfully converted by Bane -Young. In between the tries however, West Norfolk had again used Fakenham’s ill discipline to score a good try from a very quickly taken tap penalty giving an excellent fast solo run to the West scrum half to score under the posts, again successfully converted and leaving the half time score at 14-26

Fakenham’s unusually high penalty count had kept West in the game throughout the first half and directly led to both West scores. The restart saw Fakenham begin to take responsibility for their mistakes and they settled well, scoring very quickly again with Adam Steele scoring his 3 rd try after only 1 minute of the half, the conversion attempt again just missing in the wind. However Fakenham’s ill discipline at the ruck soon returned and the high penalty count led to Harry Richardson getting a team yellow card. The game went up and down the pitch for a while but settled eventually into the West half as d Fakenham raised their game and they were back to scoring ways, including two pushover tries both scored by Howard Kellock, the second of which was converted by Tom B-Y. With the game well and truly won Fakenham took their foot off the pace but still managed to score another try when Josh Gee went over for his second just on full time, this time with a successful conversion to leave the score at 14-48. If you ignore the rucks and the associated unacceptably high penalty count, this was a strong performance from Fakenham with many aspects of their game working very well and backs and forwards combining well in defense and attack, but discipline is certainly needing to be worked on. Thanks are due to West Norfolk for rescuing your correspondent with jump leads when leaving headlights on led to a vey flat battery!

The bonus point win has kept Fakenham just the one point behind leaders Diss and 5 points ahead of 3 rd place North Walsham Vikings. There are no games next week, next fixture for the 1 st team is against North Walsham Vikings on the 19th Nov, kick off at 2:00pm – should be a good one.