The better side win on the day
Saturday saw a visit from Hadleigh in Essex who, like Fakenham, had to drop out of higher leagues a few years ago and work their way back up again. They made a very aggressive start to the match and soon had Fakenham under pressure resulting in a penalty for Hadleigh which opened the scoring. Fakenham responded quickly to level the game at 3 all through a penalty from Tom Bain-Young. Hadleigh again progressed into the Fakenham half and this time secured a try which was not converted. The home team replied quickly with another penalty from TB-Y to make the score 6 : 8. The game
A good win against Norwich Union
Fakenham travelled to this EC2 fixture in high spirits and with a healthy respect for their opposition as NU had run Thetford very close a fortnight before (Thetford had defeated Fakenham 7-31 in the first round of league fixtures). The long awaited day when ex-youth prop Craig Prior reached his 18th birthday and was eligible to play front row for the adult team arrived and he duly got the start. Simon Bygrave was also included on the bench for his first outing with Fakenham. Fakenham started brightly enough, forcing the attack, and were rewarded with a penalty converted by Tom Bane-Young (0-3). The Norwich Union forwards then took charge of both the ball and
A good win for Fakenham
Fakenham entertained Mistley rugby club from Essex in a Eastern Counties 2 League game at Fakenham. The pre-match luncheon was attended by 4 Mistley committee members
Fakenham had a poor start to the game when failing to deal with the opening kick-off meant one of the Fakenham players was caught in possession and was forced to hold on to the ball a bit too long which gave Mistley a very kickable penalty they happily accepted (0-3). Fakenham then pushed the attack and 6 minutes later drew level through a Tom Bane-Young penalty kick (3-3). Mistley then scored another penalty 4 minutes later (3-6) and it wes starting to look as though it might be one of those games. Fakenham went
Mildenhall Red Lodge 0 Fakenham 12
Fakenham travelled to Red Lodge for the third EC2 league game of the season with quite a few changes from their away defeat to Thurston. On inspection, the Mildenhall pitch was smaller than Fakenham's home pitch which caused a bit of congestion in the middle of the pitch, both sides attacking and contesting the rucks and mauls ferociously. Both sides had periods in the opposition 22 metre area and created chances but the last pass was generally wild or knocked on to stop the progression. The deadlock was broken when Mildenhall infringed at a ruck 30 metres out to concede a penalty, which was converted by Tom Bane-Young (0-3). The pattern of the game continued with both sides trying to assert themselves only to be thwarted by good defence with the occasional break, Fakenham looking the more likely to score and when a second penalty was awarded against Mildenhall for a dangerous tackle, Fakenham doubled their lead from the boot of Tom Bane-Young 0-6 this was the score at half time. This was the first time Fakenham had led since their re-entry in to the EC leagues and their spirits were high.
The second half started with Fakenham trying to score a try to stretch
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.