Fakenham v Beccles - EC1N

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`````Saturday 6th January started with some bad news for Fakenham RUFC.  In the early hours of the morning, a gas canister was dragged across the pitch to the dugout, set alight and left to explode.  Thankfully no-one was hurt and the main building was undamaged, but it left a significant amount of debris on the pitch.  The club would like to extend its thanks to both the fire service and police who were quickly on the scene, and also to all the people who helped at the club throughout the morning to ensure the pitch was suitable for the game to go ahead.

Later in the day, both sides were in action, the 1st XV hosting Beccles 1st XV and the 2nd XV traveling to Wymondham 3rd XV. The 1st XV went into their fixture knowing a win would seal the Eastern Counties 1 (North) division for them and ensure they won through to the playoffs in the second half of the season as Division Champions.  The 1st half of the match was a competitive affair with both sides running hard and defending well.  Beccles had the first opportunity of points when Fakenham failed to deal with the catch from the kickoff and the infringement at the resulting breakdown led to a kickable penalty.  The normally reliable boot of the Beccles kicker pushed the kick wide though, a let-off for Fakenham. Fakenham showed the varied play that has taken them to the position they are now, the first score resulted from some strong composed forward play making hard yards in the final third of the field with Ashley Stewart touching down for the score.  The second try came soon after from

Boxing Day 2017

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Some pictures of the action on Boxing Day morning

North Walsham 2nd XV 17 - 24 Fakenham

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On Saturday the 25th November Fakenham travelled to North Walsham to play Walsham’s 2nd team in a top of the table clash.  It was to be an entertaining encounter that made it apparent why these two sides were sitting atop the league. The day started slightly awkwardly for Fakenham when having arrived at the ground it was realized that the playing kit had been forgotten and the game only got underway when North Walsham offered the loan of one of their strips for which many thanks are due for the sporting offer.
North Walsham were the first team on the board, converting a penalty kick after infringements from the Fakenham pack in their own half.  Fakenham soon struck back though with Luke Taylor collecting a

Fakenham 29 - 25 Norwich Union - Eastern Counties 1 (north)

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Fakenham survive bruising encounter to maintain unbeaten record.

Fakenham came into this game expecting a tough encounter, Norwich Union being the only team to have put any significant points past them so far this season.  The two teams play opposing styles of rugby, Norwich Union predominantly using a strong, well drilled pack against Fakenham, a side looking to use the pace and ability of their back line.

Norwich Union were the first team to score.  Gathering the kick off and putting together a solid 10 minutes of phases using their bigger pack to run aggressively at Fakenham.  Fakenham's defense was good and held out for a long period but eventually the pressure told and Norwich Union went 1 score up, 0-7.

Fakenham regrouped and almost immediately struck back, using their own pack to drag in the Norwich Union defense and allowing space for Jordii Walker to run into a gap and through to the line and Lloyd Marshall converted 7-7.  The next score also went in Fakenham's favour very shortly after.  This time Fakenham moved the ball through short quick

Broadlands 6 Fakenham 26 – Eastern Counties 1N

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At the weekend, Fakenham travelled to the Gt Yarmouth Broadlands ground with 5 changes from the previous week’s team but still in good spirits despite this having won 7 from 7 games. The conditions were wet with a strong wind, not the best for handling and running rugby but both sides tried hard to play their normal game but with mixed results.

Fakenham scored early in the first half with Jordii Walker cutting a strong line, taking a pass at speed and breaking through a number of tackles to score under the post to give the visitors the lead, the conversion was good by Tom Bane-Young 0 -7. Broadland with physically the bigger set of forwards pressed forwards but the Fakenham defence held firm and when the home side were awarded a penalty they opted to kick at the posts and were successful 3-7.  Fakenham again looked dangerous in attack and surged forwards, a swift passing move at pace saw Murray Tindall break the Broadlands defensive line and score the second try of the game, converted by Tom Bane-Young 3-14.  Fakenham pressed their advantage in the hunt for more tries and Jordii Walker scored his second try with some strong running to go

Beccles v Fakenham – Eastern Counties Division 1 North.

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Another game and yet another bonus point win for Fakenham giving them a clean slate of beating all of the opposing teams in the league with bonus points in all games – however, this headline was only part of the story. Beccles started well taking the play into the Fakenham half with their more physical side and they scored the first try of the game after 19 minutes to lead 7-0. Fakenham then gathered themselves together after this setback and 6 minutes later Brett Stolworthy ran in an excellent try on the right wing to pull the score back to 7-5. Fakenham were now getting settled into their game plan and 2 minutes later Lloyd Marshall scored under the posts after a good backs passing move that came directly from the restart, 7-10. Beccles not to be outdone scored an unconverted try shortly after, their physical game proving awkward for the much lighter and faster Fakenham side, 12-10. The pattern of play persisted with Beccles camped out in the Fakenham half only to see the speed of the Fakenham side breakout and run the ball toward the Beccles line before they had a chance to do anything about it. Two more scores to Fakenham in the first half saw the half time score 12-27.

The half time team talk had some effect and the second half was not