Diss 2nd 14 pts – Fakenham 7 pts - Eastern Counties 2N

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Saturday marked the start of the new League season for Eastern Counties Rugby Union and Fakenham travelled to Diss for their opening game. True to the form of recent seasons Fakenham had to field a weaker than usual team due to last minute calls into work, non availability, late holidays and the honeymoon of the 1st team no 8 and fixture secretary! As a result of this they actually started the game with only 14 players (although a 15th did arrive 10 minutes into the game) and no substitutes bench at all. The game started at quite a pace with Fakenham dominating the first exchanges and camping out in the Diss half of the pitch despite Diss having a weight advantage in the pack. Josh Sperring had a good run in the 13th minute, weaving his way past several Diss

Pre Season Roundup

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Fakenham have played two pre-season games over the last two weeks and in the First Fakenham (EC2 North) played Crusaders (EC1) away on Saturday 27th August. Both clubs were missing a number of first choice players due to holidays, Cricket and harvest time but gave good accounts of themselves. Fakenham won the game 5-12after some spells of great play and once again the defensive system kept a rampant Crusaders from increasing their score line. Fakenham were the happier of the two sides as beating a club from a higher league certainly hwlped to build confidence heading into the new league season.

Last Saturday Fakenham played Swaffham (also an EC1 team) at home. Fakenham were unfortunately forced to make changes due to lack of availability of players who had played the precious week. Fakenham seemed slightly off the pace of their opponents right from the start and lost the first quarter by a converted try to nil 0-7. It was not all one sided however but Fakenham

URGENT - Help Needed this weekend

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Can you please spare some time this weekend (Saturday or Sunday) anything from 30 minutes up whatever you can spare to help the Club in getting ready for the new season. 

Types of work to be done - hedge cutting, container emptying, moving and organising items, lots of small silly things that still have to be done etc.

PLEASE TRY IF YOU POSSIBLY CAN!

Fakenham 8 Norwich Medics 10 – Eastern Counties 2N

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Fakenham hosted Norwich Medics for this important EC2 North league game on the back of their first defeat in 13 games against Diss 2’s. Medics were going to be tough opposition as the games over the last 3 seasons had all been very close affairs but Fakenham had possibly the physiological advantage having beaten Medics on their home turf earlier in the season. The game as predicted was close with ebb and flow to both sides but Medics were the first to hit the scoreboard with a penalty to give them 0-3 lead. Fakenham were showing plenty of signs that they had shaken off the last defeat and they put some very good moves together and finally crossed the line only for the off load of the ball to hit the support players

DIss 2nd 27 – 6 Fakenham – Eastern Counties 2N

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A combination of conditions, late arrival, player unavailability/injury and a touch of complacency were Fakenham's undoing in this tough encounter at Diss. Diss started much better on an extremely wet and muddy pitch which first sight said there was to be little running rugby played and were soon rewarded with a well worked try, aided by some unusually disorganised defence from Fakenham.  Eventually Fakenham woke up and began to try to assert themselves back into the game but they could never get the cohesion they have demonstrated in other games in either defence or attack.  Diss competed heavily at every breakdown and played the conditions far better.  Before half time Adam Lingwood received a yellow card for a perceived deliberate knock on which baffled evertone, and an injury to the impressive Ben Butterfield that removed him from the field and forced changes to an already stretched team who had so far managed to stay in the game with two penalties from Lloyd Marshall.

The second half continued in a similar vein to the first with Fakenham's lack of

Fakenham 58 West Norfolk 2nds 0 – Eastern Counties 2N

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Fakenham entertained West Norfolk seconds at home in an EC2 North league fixture looking for their twelfth win in a row. West Norfolk had other ideas however and right from the kick off harried Fakenham and pressed their early advantage to push Fakenham back into their own 22 metre area for long periods and in an effort to protect their line Fakenham infringed at various areas of play and gave away 6 penalties in a row and were warned by the referee about their discipline and the possibility of a penalty try.  Fakenham’s defence work well but the spectators were confused as to why West did not attempt to kick any of the penalties as they seemed to have the upper hand at that stage of the game. After about 10-12 minutes Fakenham finally made it back to the half way line and stand-off Lloyd Marshall broke the West line and then