This annual fixture between these two clubs for the Crowley/Hogston cup, named after two past Presidents of Thetford and Fakenham respectfully, proved to be a tight affair as is often the case with this game. Both teams enjoyed periods of domination without fully taking advantage of the possession and territory gained to force home their advantage. Fakenham enjoyed the upper hand for the first period of the game threatening to score on numerous occasions but their attack was fraught with knock forwards and final passes not going to hand. It took 29 minutes to break the deadlock between the two sides as finally Fakenham won a 5 metres lineout and set up a driving maul which was touched down by Adam Lingwood, unfortunately the conversion was not made (0-5). The game was then played end to end with both sides attacking and defending with passion and commitment but the score remained on 0-5 to Fakenham at half time.
The second half started with both teams carrying on with the same degree
of determination seen in the first half. Fakenham forced a 5 meters scrum but were driven off the line by the Thetford pack but Fakenham kept control of the ball and got themselves into a good attacking position only for Thetford to infringe and give away a penalty. Fakenham elected to take another scrum and again were put under immense pressure as they scrambled to keep possession only for Thetford to concede a penalty again. With a sense of déjà vu Fakenham again elected to take a scrum instead of opting to take the three points. Thetford again defended this well and this started a 20 minute period of pressure when Thetford launched attack after attack, finally resulting in a penalty shot and this produced the requisite 3 points (3-5). Thetford kept the pressure on and were rewarded with a try which was unconverted (8-5). Fakenham pulled themselves together and finding some of their early form, managed to compile a concerted attack, although two missed tackles when they turned the ball over meant Thetford looked certain to score a breakaway try but Tim Syer, Fakenham's full back had other ideas and made an incredible, last ditch, try saving tackle forcing the player to knock on in the process. With time running short Fakenham forced a penalty and kicked for touch and the line out. Seventeen metres out from the line, Fakenham decided to go for a catch and drive which moved really quickly until the last 3 metres when Bob Sayer (Captain for the day) broke and with his normal bullocking run crashed over to score, the kick for the extra points was missed but this did not matter as the final whistle went with the score 8-10 to Fakenham. Tim Crowley was on hand to present the cup to Fakenham's stand-in skipper Bob Sayer who was full of praise Thetford for the endeavour and passion they had brought to the game only for Fakenham to nick the result at the last minute.
Fakenham first team travel to Watton for a Norfolk Merit Table Div. 1, kick off will be 3pm. Fakenham seconds are waiting to see if they will play one of three rearranged NMT div 3 fixtures.