On Saturday the 25th November Fakenham travelled to North Walsham to play Walsham’s 2nd team in a top of the table clash. It was to be an entertaining encounter that made it apparent why these two sides were sitting atop the league. The day started slightly awkwardly for Fakenham when having arrived at the ground it was realized that the playing kit had been forgotten and the game only got underway when North Walsham offered the loan of one of their strips for which many thanks are due for the sporting offer.
North Walsham were the first team on the board, converting a penalty kick after infringements from the Fakenham pack in their own half. Fakenham soon struck back though with Luke Taylor collecting a
pass from Lloyd Marshall before evading his opposite man and touching down on the left wing. Fakenham followed this up with a second try this time from Murray Tindall and scored under the posts leaving a simple conversion for captain Tom Bane Young.
At this point in the game Fakenham were looking strong but they let their composure slip and gave away far too many penalties in the last 15 minutes of the 1st half. North Walsham scored two trys in this period, both as the result of the pressure they were putting Fakenham under leading to mistakes. The first was an intercepted pass just 20 meters from the Fakenham line while the 2nd came from a pick and go round the side of a breakdown after an uncharacteristic lapse in the Fakenham defensive line meant the North Walsham player could run untouched 20 meters in for the score. At the end of the half North Walsham led 17-14.
The second half belonged to Fakenham who kept North Walsham under pressure for the majority of the period. Fakenham scored two further trys, one from Jordii Walker (converted by Lloyd Marshall) and a second with the last play of the game from Harry Richardson. On a different day Fakenham could have scored a further 4 trys but the chances went missing on the day, something that the North Walsham defence can take the credit for.
Fakenham will be pleased with their tenth bonus point win from ten games but know there is still room for improvement. The penalty count was far too high and Fakenham were not clinical enough with their scoring opportunities, both areas that they must improve on.
There is no 1st team game next week but the 2nd’s are at home to Norwich Union 2nd, kick off at 2:00pm.