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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More photographs are available by visiting Mike Wyatt's site

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

Fakkenham, 52 v Ipswich YM, 22 - Eastern Counties 1 Shield

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Having won their initial game of the Shield, Fakenham 1st XV came into this game expecting a stern test. Their opponents were Ipswich YM 1st XV, a team who had come to this point with 14 out of 15 bonus point wins so far. The weather was perfect; the pitch was drier and a big crowd had turned up at the club expecting good rugby.
Fakenham started the game and were quickly on top. Tries for Fakenham came in the third (Jack Powell-Thorn), sixth (James Howell), twelfth (James Howell) and seventeenth minutes (Jack Powell-Thorn), Lloyd Marshall converted 2 of them. The early dominance came from Fakenham’s total control of the game. In the first 20 minutes YM could not get any possession and the pressure showed with the Fakenham forwards running both at the fringes of the ruck and further out, drawing in some strong tackling from YM.
With the YM defence occupied coping with the forwards, the backs had the space to run and make good ground. Fakenham's first 4 scores all came from the forwards whose work rate was exceptional. Special mentions should go to Jack Powell Thorn and Rob Ward, both of whom played well. Ward was awarded the Norfolk Brewhouse Man of the Match award for his hard work.
Finding themselves 24 points down within 20 minutes the YM team re-grouped and showed

Fakenham 33 - Hadleigh 14 - EC1 Shield

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Last Saturday Fakenham hosted Hadleigh in the first game of the Eastern Counties 1 Shield competition, this shield competition sees the top 2 sides from each of EC1 North, South and West competing for overall champion status and promotion.
Fakenham started well, collecting the Hadleigh kick off and running through the phases to bring the game play into the Hadleigh half of the pitch.
Fakenham moved closer to the Hadleigh line attacking with both forwards and backs.
The first score resulted from a Lloyd Marshall grubber kick behind the Hadleigh defensive line. Marshall was just unable to gather the kick but flank forward Howard Kellock was 2nd to the ball and gathered it for an easy touchdown, converted by Lloyd Marshall.
Fakenham’s second try soon followed. Aggressive in attack and with good running lines the home side were dynamic, and this play moved Fakenham right up to the Hadleigh line. A surging run from prop Jack Powell-Thorne took him to within 1 meter of the line and his front row counterpart Callum Frost saw an opening just around the side of the ensuing ruck which he could power through for the try, again converted by Marshall.
Hadleigh were now 14-0 behind within the