Fakenham arrived for this opening game of the league 2nd half determined to continue moving forwards from the die first half performance of the cup game against Swaffham. The team was still looking unusual as a combination of injury and the early start meant a number of regular players were not available but they started positively but they just couldn’t quite get the phases together that they wanted due to the aggressive play of Broadlands in the rucks. When ball was passed out wider chances were lost due to the very greasy ball and some over complicating where simplicity would have
been more effective.
Both teams forced penalties, the first went to Fakenham after 12 minutes and Tom Bane-Young put it over the bar to take the lead. The score stayed this way for the next 15 minutes until Broadlands again infringed for going in at the side giving Tom Bane-Young an easy kick for a 6 point lead however they got their revenge 3 minutes later when they were also awarded a penalty which they kicked to reduce the deficit to 3-6 The score stayed this way up until half time but Fakenham's dominance of the scrums and pace of play had started to turn the momentum in their favour. Fakenham continued in the second half and the inevitable occurred after 2 minutes with a try by Ian Williamson converted by Tom Bane-Young. After Broadlands restarted they tried to prevent Ian Williamson scoring a second try by tackling him round he neck so the game was re started with a penalty to Fakenham from the half way line. Fakenham used the opportunity to surprise Broadlands and ran the ball, leading to a very quick second try scored by Josh Sperring, converted by Tom Bane-Young. Broadlands were starting to fragment and Fakenham kept their discipline in the face of some questionable actions by some Broadlands players desperate to get over the Fakenham line. Fakenham’s defence was again outstanding and held solid and they used the penalties they were awarded wisely as the lineout functioned much better in the second half. Fakenham looked for every opportunity to attack and were rewarded with a third and final try by Tom Bane Young, again converted by Tom Bane-Young. Lloyd Marshall would have been home and dry for the bonus point try but Broadlands called the referee’s attention for a head injury to Joe Bane-Young, which was in actual fact a knee injury, and the opportunity was lost. This was followed by another opportunity and but for the greasy ball there would have been a bonus point try but Fakenham were happy in the end to get the well deserved win
The second team was in action at home on Saturday in a Division 3N game to Lakenham Hewitt and had a resounding 60-10 victory to lift them off the bottom of the table.
The next league action will be on January 7th with the first team at home to Norwich Union, start 2:00pm, but there is also a game at home on Boxing Day when the under 35’s take on the over 35’s in the annual game starting at 11:00am.