Thurston v Fakenham - 28.9.2013

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Thurston 57 Fakenham 0

Fakenham travelled to Thurston in optimistic mood with two players returning to strengthen the squad for this second "Eastern Counties Div. 2" game. Spirits were high as the squad enthusiastically warmed up, hoping for an improvement on last week's display.
The game started with a series of strong Thurston attacks but Fakenham's defence held firm but counter attack errors unfortunately cut short the time Fakenham spent in the opposition's half. Fakenham then suffered a major blow when Oscar Cotton a young debutant turned his ankle badly in a pot hole on the pitch. This caused a huge swelling and forced Fakenham to make a very early replacement and ruin Oscars debut and possibly the next 6-8 weeks as well. Thurston continued to press their advantage and when Fakenham ran out of cover tackles Thurston crossed to score after 8 minutes which was not converted (5-0). Fakenham regularly failed to clear their lines fully and with only short skirmished into Thurston's half found themselves pressed back into their own half, twelve minutes later they conceded a converted try (12-0). After 33 minutes of the game Thurston pressed their advantage further to add another converted try (19-0). Fakenham conceded two further tries in the first half, only one of which was converted, to leave the half time score at 31-0.
Fakenham as last week started the second half in much better form, attacking deep into Thurston's half only to be repelled, undeterred Fakenham attacked again but a fluid move was halted illegally when a pass was deliberately knocked on by a Thurston player. The ref gave a penalty just inside the 22 metres but Joe Bane- Young failed to convert the penalty against the wind. The play was more end to end with Thurston shading the territory battle. Each time Thurston attacked, it looked more dangerous than Fakenham's efforts. Thurston scored two converted tries to move the score on to 45-0 and leave Fakenham needing a miracle to get on the score board. George Ready burst through a gap with Joe Bane-Young in support, the last defender had been committed but as the pass was released again a deliberate knock on stopped the flight to the intended receiver, this was not picked up by the referee and to add insult to injury the loose ball was picked up by Thurston and with the Fakenham players incredulous about the decision Thurston made good ground and passed to a support player to score out wide. The try was unconverted and took the score to 50-0. By this time Fakenham having had one period of being down to fourteen men and having used all their bench to cover injuries were definitely looking jaded and this allowed Thurston to top off their performance to score the last converted try to move the final score on to 57-0. Thurston performed better than Fakenham and spurred on by a large crowd on their 40th anniversary were deserved winners. Fakenham looked good in spells but are not working well as a team at the moment and individual skill without the teamwork will not bring results.
Fakenham firsts will try again this week, away to Mildenhall in another EC2 league match while Fakenham seconds will travel to Watton seconds in a NMT3 game. Both games will kick off at 3pm.

Fakenham 1st 7 - Thetford 1st 31

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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

Norwich Thirds – 7 v Fakenham Seconds 99

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This Woodfordes Norfolk Merit Table Division 3 game was an excellent example of how to play rugby with good spirit and humour and was a pleasure to watch. Norwich had definitely the better of the early encounters winning both the majority of the line-outs and scrums and enjoying the territorial advantage from the possession they gained. A mixture of good defence from Fakenham and poor handling from Norwich, however, turned the ball back over to Fakenham and their younger running backs counter attacked against the run of play to score through Steven Clay and converted by Tim Syer (0-7).

Fakenham 1st (22) vs West Norfolk 2nd (5)

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This Norfolk Merit Table 1 match between Fakenham and West Norfolk 2nds was preceded by the Chris Wood Celebration lunch, an annual event held in honour of a former club player. Chris's family attend each year and the raffle at the lunch raises money for a charity they choose to support, they also present the match ball and a shield for the Man of the Match each year. We must thank West Norfolk who gave up home advantage to allow us to have a competitive match to follow this important lunch, three West committee members including the club President also attended.
The match started with West putting pressure on Fakenham for about 10 minutes and only great defending and a superb try saving tackle by full back Tom Bane-Young stopped them tacking a well-deserved lead. Fakenham then enjoyed a period of pressure and caught the West full back in possession, Howard Kellock charged the kick down and retrieved the ball to run the ball under the posts to score the try for the first points in the match, Tom Bane-Young added the extra points (7-0). The game stayed

Watton 7 Fakenham 24

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Fakenham travelled to Watton for this Norfolk Merit Table Division 1 game in good spirits on a fine spring afternoon which looked conducive to good handling and running rugby, and so it proved to be. Fakenham were playing up the hill and with the wind for the first half and enjoyed the majority of the possession and territory. Ten minutes into the game Josh Gee wriggled free and sprinted off and scored the opening try, which was converted by Paul Richardson - 0-7 to Fakenham. Two minutes later, after a period of possession and good inter-passing, Mark Allen ran in the second try, also converted by Paul Richardson (0-14). A period of intense pressure from Fakenham followed without actually producing any further points until Watton infringed at a ruck and gave Richardson a chance to stretch the lead with a penalty kick shortly before the whistle for half time with the score 0-17 in Fakenham's favour.
Watton started the second half up the hill but with the wind in a similar

Thetford 8 Fakenham 10

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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