Broadlands 6 Fakenham 26 – Eastern Counties 1N

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At the weekend, Fakenham travelled to the Gt Yarmouth Broadlands ground with 5 changes from the previous week’s team but still in good spirits despite this having won 7 from 7 games. The conditions were wet with a strong wind, not the best for handling and running rugby but both sides tried hard to play their normal game but with mixed results.

Fakenham scored early in the first half with Jordii Walker cutting a strong line, taking a pass at speed and breaking through a number of tackles to score under the post to give the visitors the lead, the conversion was good by Tom Bane-Young 0 -7. Broadland with physically the bigger set of forwards pressed forwards but the Fakenham defence held firm and when the home side were awarded a penalty they opted to kick at the posts and were successful 3-7.  Fakenham again looked dangerous in attack and surged forwards, a swift passing move at pace saw Murray Tindall break the Broadlands defensive line and score the second try of the game, converted by Tom Bane-Young 3-14.  Fakenham pressed their advantage in the hunt for more tries and Jordii Walker scored his second try with some strong running to go

in again under the posts. Tom Bane-Young once more converted to take the score to 3-21. Broadlands rallied and pressed forward and in the dying minutes of the first half were awarded a penalty kick in front of Fakenham posts, the kick was good to take the score to 6-21 at the half time interval.

The second half saw Broadlands on the attack making use of their bigger forwards and the wind advantage to secure field position in the Fakenham half, just around the 22m area. The hosts were given another kickable penalty but failed to convert the opportunity. Fakenham then went through a period of trying to escape from their 22m zone only to turn the ball over and have to defend again. Thankfully Fakenham had not forgotten how to defend and they kept Broadlands from scoring. Fakenham finally broke out of their half a run down the left wing with a mixture of forwards and backs inter-passing to cover 70 metres, after two moves infield the breakdown was secured and the ball was whipped out to the right wing position where Murray Tindall scored his second try of the afternoon and moved the score on to 6-26.The conversion was from wide out and directly into the wind and unfortunately missed it’s target.  Both teams had spells of dominance in the remaining time of the second half but neither could add to the score. Fakenham thought they had scored another try through Jack Powell-Thorne but the referee adjudged it to have been knocked on in goal a real shame as it would have been Jack’s first try for the club. The Fakenham forwards had been in a battle against much heavier opposition all game and it was not surprising that the visitors chose two of the three props used as their joint Norfolk Brewhouse Man of the Match, well done Jack Powell-Thorne and Lee Mason for giving an excellent performance whilst toiling in the front row.

Fakenham will need to improve for next week’s visit of Norwich Union who have been showing this season that they are contenders for this league. Kick off with be 2pm at home. The seconds with travel to Crusaders seconds in a middle of the table battle with kick off also at 2pm.