This Eastern Counties 2 league match was played at Fakenham on a glorious sunny day ideal for good handling and running rugby. Thetford started the better forcing Fakenham to defend from early on in the game. Thetford took an early lead with a converted try (0-7) but Fakenham rallied and attacked themselves with one 50 metre break by Josh Gee after some good handling around their own 22 metre area. Unfortunately Fakenham were not not tackling well and allowed Thetford to make deep runs into their 22, ultimately on one occasion the Thetford fly half made a break and scored a second try but he failed to convert (0-12). At this point one of the Fakenham players was attempting to fly hack a loose ball but at the same time a Thetford player scooped it up, Josh Gee's foot contacted the player
and not the ball and he was red carded and sent off by the referee. Fakenham were now down to 14 men and trailing by 12 points it was obviously going to be hard going for the rest of the game. Thetford applied pressure and used their extra man advantage making breaks and scoring two more tries in the first half one of them being converted to leave the score at 0-24.
Fakenham, now back in Eastern Counties and playing their first league game for three years, were up against it with 14 players and over three converted tries required to get back on terms. The second half saw Fakenham fight back and drive Thetford back deep into their own half. After one phase of play George Ready bust through from fullback and received a great pass from his captain to slice right through the Thetford defence. Joe Bane-Young converted to make the score 7-24 and looking more promising than the first half, was the recovery on?. Fakenham again drove deep into Thetford territory and camped there for what felt like 20 minutes without adding to their points tally but their performance was much improved. Disaster struck close to the end of the game when Thetford, on a break, with some great work and vision from the 9 &10 noticed Fakenham had left the blind side undefended. They both broke left and ran in to score almost unhindered to take the final score to 7-31. Fakenham will learn from this and will go on to win league games, having only had one game as a squad prior to this match they were probably a bit underdone but Thetford looked like they had got their preparation about right (certainly in the first half).
Fakenham welcome back three key squad members who are available this week for the trip to Thurston for the second EC2 league match. Fakenham seconds play Norwich Union seconds in a NMT3 game at home. Both games will kick off at 3pm spectators and new players are always welcome at our clubhouse.