Swaffham 22 Fakenham 19

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Fakenham travelled to Swaffham for the first round of the Norfolk Junior Cup in high spirits following their recent league form. This game had the potential for Fakenham to challenge Swaffham an EC1 league team and progress to the next round. Swaffham had not read the Fakenham script however and raced into a 14 – 0 lead within 15 minutes of the kick off, their dominance in the forwards showing clearly where the visitors had their main injury problems. The rest of the first half saw an uncharacteristic display from Fakenham with their defensive system not working to its usual standard with players falling off tackles and allowing Swaffham to gain territory and make it very difficult for Fakenham to settle into

Fakenham 2nd 18 - Watton 15 Eastern Counties 3N

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Fakenham seconds played host to Watton for this EC3 North league game, with Fakenham having players returning from injury and absence to swell the normally available pool for selection it promised to be a good game. Watton started the better side, running with plenty of pace and determination and might well have scored two or three tries except for some superb tackling from Fakenham full back Joe Bane-Young. Fakenham didn’t really help themselves by regularly kicking away possession (in many cases with very poor kicks) and having to then defend against a rampant Watton team. The first score of the game went with the flow of play when Watton got more players in to the attack and breach the Fakenham defence to score a converted try and take the lead 0-7. This forced Fakenham to slightly change their game plan and to try

Fakenham 62 North Walsham 2’s 8 – Eastern Counties 2N

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Fakenham chasing the top spot in the table hosted North Walsham second team (who currently lie in 3rd) in this EC2 North league game. Fakenham were expecting a tough game and Walsham initially didn’t disappoint, giving the home side plenty to defend but Fakenham were generally winning the territorial battle. After 5 minutes Fakenham made the territory pay when Tom Bane-Young broke through to score a try out wide on the right wing but unfortunately this was not to be one of his better kicking days and the kick was not successful, 5-0. Walsham pushed on from the restart but ultimately

West Norfolk 2nd 14 – Fakenham 48 – Eastern Counties 2N.

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Fakenham travelled to West Norfolk last Saturday for their EC2N fixture, fortunately the rain had stopped but a strong blustery NW wind was well in evidence.

Fakenham started really well and quickly showed why there is the gap between both themselves and Diss in the league with an early try created from a forwards driving maul finished off by strong backs running to give Adam Steele his first try of the game after only 3 minutes. The conversion was slotted over by Tom Bane-Young to give Fakenham a quick 0-7 lead in the game. West came back well but did not look like they were going to threaten the try line. Fakenham could have had another try had they spotted the regularly untended blindside but they had to wait a while to get another try. It was in the 28th minute when good work from Fakenham led to Josh Gee getting his first try of the game way out on the right wing. The conversion attempt was missed by Tom B-Y, leaving Fakenham in the lead by

Fakenham 23 Norwich 2nds 0 – Eastern Counties 2N

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Fakenham hosted an improving Norwich second team for this EC2 north league game on Saturday. Norwich brought along their strongest team of the season to challenge the hosts who, at the start of the day, were top of the league on points difference. The game was a tense affair with both side’s defences holding firm and cancelling out each other’s attacking endeavours. Fakenham tried hard to press Norwich but the final break just would not come so when Fakenham were awarded a penalty they decided to kick for points, unfortunately the kick was pushed slightly right and missed its target. Both teams continued to attack with Fakenham having a slight edge with most of the play in the Norwich half. Nic James joined the fray from the bench to make his Fakenham debut and slotted straight into

Wymondham 2nd 12 - 47 Fakenham - Eastern Counties 2N

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In dry conditions after the earlier rain Division leading Fakenham travelled to bottom of the table Wymondham for this EC2N fixture. The pattern of the day was set early on with a score after only 3 minutes when Tom Bane-Young chased his own kick from near their 22m over the Wymondham defence and scored right by the posts, following up with a successful conversion kick. Three minutes later after steady pressure from Wymondham, they won a lineout near the Fakenham 22 and drove towards the Fakenham line only to be thwarted by a high tackle and so Fakenham conceded a penalty try which with the successful conversion leveled the score at 7 all.

More sustained pressure from Fakenham saw them score 5 minutes later after