Fakenham chasing the top spot in the table hosted North Walsham second team (who currently lie in 3rd) in this EC2 North league game. Fakenham were expecting a tough game and Walsham initially didn’t disappoint, giving the home side plenty to defend but Fakenham were generally winning the territorial battle. After 5 minutes Fakenham made the territory pay when Tom Bane-Young broke through to score a try out wide on the right wing but unfortunately this was not to be one of his better kicking days and the kick was not successful, 5-0. Walsham pushed on from the restart but ultimately
lost possession and Fakenham used the ball well to push into the visitors half an launch another attack on their line with Joe Bane-Young crossing to score the try wide out on the right wing but again the conversion kick missed its mark 10-0. Walsham once again forced the pace but the home team’s defence stood firm until they infringed at a ruck to gift Walsham a penalty. The visiting skipper decided to take the kick and the 3 points 10-3. Fakenham were chasing the 4 try bonus point to ensure they did not lose any ground to leaders Disc and they didn’t have to wait long as a free flowing passing move put Luke Taylor free down the left wing to score another try, again unconverted 15-3. The next Fakenham player to get on the scoresheet was Josh Gee, after a deft kick from Tom B-Y Josh scooped up the ball and sprinted to the line to score the fourth try and secure the bonus point, Tom Bane-Young was accurate with the kick 22-3 which the spectators approved of, and then Ian Williamson added yet another try before half time to take the score to 27-3 at the interval.
The second half saw Fakenham pile on the pressure and they attacked the Walsham try line and the forwards reward for all their hard work was when Colm Hunt crossed the line to score the first try in the second half, converted by Tom B-Y 34-3. Walsham suffered a couple of injuries weakening their side even further and making a difficult task of containing the Fakenham attack even more difficult. Steven Clay made a huge break from his own 22 meter but was caught just short of the try line but George Ready was in close support to take the offload and finish the move under the posts with a converted try 41-3. Josh Gee showed his pace again by out stripping the Walsham defence to score his second of the game and Tom B-Y converted 48-3. Fakenham’s next scorer was industrious joint man of the match Josh Sperring who had worked tirelessly all day at flanker and deserved his converted try 55-3. Walsham were looking tired but Fakenham had not finished with joint man of the match Tom B-Y scoring the last Fakenham try and converting it himself to take the score to 62-3. Walsham had kept going and competing at every phase of the game but had met an extremely rampant Fakenham side. Walsham’s reward came very late in the game when they slipped the shackles to score a try out wide on the left wing to make the final score of the match 62-8.
Feedback from one North Walsham member after the game was immensely positive, they thought Fakenham were playing the best rugby in the division and they were also very surprised at the discipline shown and how unselfish the plays were with last minute offloads and passes aplenty.
Fakenham first team have no fixture next week but the second team will host Watton in an EC3 North league game, kick off will be 2pm. Could club members come and lend your support the second team who have had a difficult start to their season and knowing the club is behind them will give the team a well needed boost.