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Fakenham 2nd 18 - Watton 15 Eastern Counties 3N

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Fakenham seconds played host to Watton for this EC3 North league game, with Fakenham having players returning from injury and absence to swell the normally available pool for selection it promised to be a good game. Watton started the better side, running with plenty of pace and determination and might well have scored two or three tries except for some superb tackling from Fakenham full back Joe Bane-Young. Fakenham didn’t really help themselves by regularly kicking away possession (in many cases with very poor kicks) and having to then defend against a rampant Watton team. The first score of the game went with the flow of play when Watton got more players in to the attack and breach the Fakenham defence to score a converted try and take the lead 0-7. This forced Fakenham to slightly change their game plan and to try

and keep the ball in hand and they pressed forward using players like Richard Warren and Rory Singleton to carry the ball with support from Steven Clarke and Matt Hardman. This style of play drove the home side deep into the Watton 22 metre area with some swift handling moving the ball to the left and giving Jack Lowin-Green the opportunity to score a try wide on the left leaving Joe B-Y a difficult conversion kick which was unsuccessful 5-7. Fakenham were now in the game and pushing hard to get level and take the lead. Watton infringed 30meters out from their own goal line offering up a kickable penalty, Joe B-Y struck the ball well to take Fakenham into the lead 8-7. Watton intent on regaining the lead drove Fakenham back and with swift delivery from a ruck the Watton stand-off took a snap drop goal that sailed between the posts 8-10. There were a few further exchanges with no score from either side leaving the score at 8-10 at half time.
The second half saw Fakenham forced to make changes due to injuries to a number of front row players (which all makes the current front row roster problems even worse). Fakenham were the next to score when replacement stand-off Tom Bane-Young slotted a kickable penalty to retake the lead 11-10. Watton then forced the pace and drove the game forward and scored a good try which was well deserved, but the conversion missed the target 11-15. Fakenham were flagging and two further replacements helped lift the pace of their game and Fakenham pushed deep into the Watton 22-meter area again, Tom B-Y scored a try and then converted to take Fakenham back into the lead 18-15. The remaining action in the game did not produce any further score although Watton did have a penalty attempt but they opted to drop kick it instead, but it missed the mark. Fakenham had worked hard for this victory, each player had put their all into the game especially the two debutants Toby Kent and Jonty Tan, both welcome additions to the squad.
Saturday 3rd December will see both firsts and seconds in cup action The firsts will play Swaffham away in the Norfolk Junior Cup and the seconds play Norwich Medics seconds at home in the Norfolk Second team cup. Both games are likely to kick off at 1:30pm to allow for potential extra time.