Wymondham 65 – Fakenham 5 – London Counties 3 EC

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On Saturday Fakenham travelled to Wymondham’s new £6.2m ground for this London Counties 3 clash. Following last weeks narrow victory over Thurston, Fakenham who once again had a different front row and pack thanks to injuries, children, work and International matches, were under no illusions, this was likely to be a difficult game!
Just how difficult was evidenced right from the kick off when Fakenham knocked on and from the ensuing scrum were immediately under very severe pressure as Wymondham took advantage of the lack of the regular pack. Within two minutes Wymondham had scored, just to the right of the posts following a well-controlled driving maul set up after several foraging forward runs. A successful conversion by Wymondham’s No 10 saw a lead for the home side 7-0.
Eight minutes into the game after more play in the Fakenham half a penalty was awarded to Fakenham for offside at the breakdown. From the resulting lineout Fakenham moved the ball through the backs to the other side of the field and finishing with a try for Fakenham captain, Tom Bane-Young. The conversion was missed leaving the score at 7-5.
Sadly, this was a signal for Wymondham to up their game and four minutes later they scored their 2nd try, under the posts, leaving an easy conversion and a score of 14-5.
Fakenham continued to struggle in both set scrums and mauls and following some poor tackling in midfield, the Wymondham No 8 released the ball to the backs and a try in the corner, again converted by the Wymondham 10, 21-5. The pattern continued without interruption, another 3 minutes saw Wymondham’s 10 receive a pass in midfield, dummy and loop round to score under the posts and with an easy conversion take the score to 28-5
Thirty-three minutes into the game a Wymondham move developed on the left in the Fakenham 22, resulting in another try just to the right of the posts, and with several unmarked Wymondham backs on the outside it indicated just how much the Fakenham defence was being stretched. With another successful conversion the score line was 35-5 with 5 minutes of the 1st half still to go.
Not one to look a gift horse in the mouth, Wymondham took advantage of a penalty for

Thurston 29 Fakenham 32 - London Counties 3EC

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Last weekend Fakenham travelled to Thurston knowing that they had to improve on the previous week’s performance if they were to get any positive result from their second game on the road in the current run of 4
Things started well for Fakenham when they received the opening kick-off, the resulting phases and an excellent run put Murray Tindall through the centre of the home sides defence to score under the posts with only 1 minute on the clock, Lloyd Marshall converted giving the visitors a 0-7 lead.
This early score stunned both the Thurston crowd and players but Fakenham were wrong to think the rest of the game would go all their way as Thurston lifted their game and drove Fakenham deep into their own 22 to score a try of their own but it was unconverted leaving the score 5-7.
The game flowed back and forth with each team having periods of control, but it was Fakenham who scored next with an unconverted try from Ashley Stewart to stretch the lead for the visitors 5-12.
Thurston raised their game once again and attacking forcefully scored an unconverted try to close the gap and make the visitor’s rethink their approach 10-12.
Soon after Fakenham were awarded a penalty and with the wind in a favourable

Fakenham 26 Thetford 10 - London 3 Eastern Counties

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After last week’s loss, Fakenham were hoping for a slightly better performance from this mid table Eastern Counties London 3 game. The match was played in driving rain from the start, conditions that generally provide unpredictability throughout.
Fakenham went ahead after only 2 minutes when Lloyd Marshal, who again kicked superbly all game, nudged a penalty into the corner, 5 meters out from the Thetford line. The lineout was taken by Adam Lingwood who popped it off the top to veteran scrum half Paul Richardson. His pass missed out 3 players and hit Tom Bane-Young, at pace, who broke through the defensive line and passed to Murray Tindal to score. The try was converted by Lloyd Marshal.
For the next 30 minutes Fakenham put Thetford under constant pressure but could not trouble the score board. On three occasions Fakenham were held up over the line with Rory Singleton, Rob Ward and Ashley Stewart all coming close. The Thetford defence was something to be applauded, helped by some white line fever from the home team.
Thetford eventually cleared their line with a long kick, resulting in a penalty under the Fakenham posts. Bravely, considering this was the first time they had been in the Fakenham 20m area, they

Crusaders 14 v Fakenham 10 – London 3 Eastern Counties

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The last Saturday in September saw Fakenham travel to Crusaders for their London 3 fixture. The game was preceded by the first Crusaders lunch of the season, an excellent affair that was a lot more memorable than the game unfortunately.
Both sides seemed to have the same problem with unsettled sides for various reasons and it soon showed. Crusaders were dominant right from the kick off and looking dangerous in the loose although the first few minutes showed that lack of discipline and basic errors would play an important part in the game for both sides.
8 minutes into the game Crusaders gained from their early pressure on Fakenham and were awarded a relatively easy penalty to give them the lead, however the kick was errant and the score stayed level. A red card for Fakenham’s Jack Powell-Thorne for an apparent unsafe tackle should have given even more impetus to Crusaders but after a few more minutes of back and forth it was actually Fakenham who were given a penalty which they duly took, Tom Bane-Young making use of an in off the

Fakenham 29 v West Norfolk 41 - London 3 EC29

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Having started the season a couple of weeks ago with a win against Ipswich YM, Fakenham, Fakenham through a combination of holiday, injuries and stag nights were unable to put out their full regular 1st team for this match against West Norfolk.

The game started brightly for Fakenham and, after five minutes of fairly solid possession, Lloyd Marshal was awarded a penalty for a late tackle, which he converted. West came back very quickly and pressed on the home teams line resulting in another penalty to level the scores after just 10 minutes. The stalemate was broken soon after as West went ahead after a lovely timed pass that saw the number 8, Williamson, dash 20 meters to score under the posts for a converted try.
Fakenham puled themselves together and forced their way with some good running into the West half and soon the scores were level again when Murray Tindal, after a dropped pass by West, hacked through, and, as he tried to gather the bouncing ball, was tackled resulting in a penalty try beig awarded to Fakenham.

North Walsham Squad v Fakenham Squad 2018.08.22

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Some photos from the pre-season game