2017.09.23

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Eastern Counties 1 (n)

Norwich Union 31 - 45 Fakenham

A hot Saturday afternoon had Fakenham travelling to Norwich union for what would prove to be a very physical encounter.  Norwich Union started aggressively and their forwards battered a hole in the Fakenham defence within the first 5 minutes allowing Union to take the lead.  This wake up call brought Fakenham into the game and they were able to respond with some running rugby to allow Jordi Walker to even the score up.  The rest of the first half was well contested with scores being exchanged on both sides, Fakenhams being scored by Rory Singleton and a second for Walker, to bring the half time score to 19 - 21. 

The second half had Fakenham on the upper hand for the majority with the forwards providing a better platform and the backs running into more open spaces.  Luke Taylor kept his scoring tally to 0 but did give some naughty offloads to allow scores from the back three of Murray Tindall, Lloyd Marshall and Brett Stollworthy and a third for Walker.  Norwich Union were not to be denied a place on the second half score sheet with a well organised driving maul allowing them to cross the line.  The final score was 31 - 45 giving Fakenham their third bonus point win of the league season and keeping them at the top of the league.

Fakenham 2nd XV hosted Wymondham 3rd XV but lost 22 - 36 in their Eastern Counties 3 league matchup.  Fakenham performed well and will take a lot of positives from the encounter as well as some areas to work on in training.  Scores for Fakenham came through Mark Allen, Brandon Fairbrother, Matt Hardman and Ian Williamson.

Next weekend both teams are playing home fixtures, the 1st XV hosting North Walsham 2nd XV and the 2nd XV hosting Swaffham 2nd XV.  Kick off for both games is 3pm.