Fakenham and Holt battled each other and the changeable weather conditions for the whole game, trying to play their rugby in wind, rain, sleet and snow and sometimes, even, bright sunshine.
For the first 20 minutes both teams spent time in each other's territory without scoring but Holt then had 3 minutes of concerted pressure deep in the Fakenham 22 metre area. Fakenham defended well but Holt had good forward momentum and forced the Home side back towards their own try line. A series of 5 metre scrums and rucks saw Holt force their way over the line for a converted try. Fakenham, playing against the prevailing near gale at times in the first half, found it difficult to clear their lines. Holt recovered one of these failed clearances to launch an attack down the left hand side of the pitch to score another try. The excellent conversion from wide out near the touchline was good to give Holt a 14 point lead. Fakenham were making progress into Holt's territory on numerous occasions without scoring points partially due to vigorous defence by Holt. Fakenham did engineer a scoring opportunity when Tom Bane-Young broke though the Holt back line and bumped off the full back to score under the posts (to make his own conversion easier), the half time score ended 7-14 in Holts favour.
The second half saw Fakenham with the wind at their backs and playing with more vigour, penetrating deep into Holt territory. Although Fakenham had the majority of the possession and territory Holt's defence was steadfast. Fakenham were awarded a number of penalties and decided to go for scrums or kicks to touch to build a platform from which to launch an attack and try to score tries but small mistakes or Holt's determination to keep Fakenham out meant the Fakenham players did not cross the line to score. Fakenham have improved over the last few weeks of training but need to improve their game management. The final score was 7-14 to Holt.
Fakenham first team will be back in Merit table action against Wisbech on Saturday, Kick off will be 2pm or 2:30 to be confirmed, the second team will have a fixture but the opposition is also to be confirmed. Spectators are welcome at both these games and also on Sunday the Foxes ladies team will play with a pre-match lunch and there are still some seats available.