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

Norwich Medics 22 - Fakenham 35

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This EC2 North League game saw a meeting of two sides meet who were both riding high in the table and chasing Diss seconds who had set the early pace in the league. The game began as a tense affair with both teams more intent on not conceding than concentrating on scoring themselves.  Fakenham looked the stronger of the sides in the early exchanges being camped in the Medics half for the first 15 minutes but with nothing to show for it. The match came to life after Medics had infringe 40 metres out and Fakenham’s stand-off Tom Bane-Young struck the penalty to bisect the posts and give the visitors the lead 0-3. The opening score fired the game into life with both sides trying to play rugby and launching well-organised attacks, the defences held firm, although there were signs of what was

Fakenham 11 - Dereham 5

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Fakenham hosted a pre-match lunch before this EC 2 North league match against local rivals Dereham. The game was hard fought with both sides wanting to win the game for their league position and to have the upper hand in the derby match.

Fakenham started the better of the two sides putting pressure on the visitors right from the kick-off camping in the Dereham half and determined to get the opening score. After a series of scrums, rucks and mauls on the Dereham 5 metre line a quick pass to Steven Clay saw him launch himself at the visitors try line, although the defence tackled him he was not to be denied and forced his way over to score the try. The conversion by George Ready was too accurate, hitting the crossbar to deny him the extra two points 5-0. Fakenham pushed forward again but had to work hard for every yard. Good work from Kellock, Warren and Singleton took Fakenham to just outside Dereham’s 22m area when the visitors infringed and gave the home side a penalty shot. Paul Richardson stepped up to take the kick and bisected

Norwich Union 0 – Fakenham 38 – Eastern Counties 2N

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After the heroics of the previous week and the defeat of Broadlands, the visit of Fakenham to Norwich Union proved oddly flat due in part to a mixture of misplaced complacency and a last minute reshuffle caused when the injury caused to Lake Taylor during the Diss game proved to be not as recovered as was hoped for.  The first quarter of the game saw Fakenham in much the stronger position most of the time only to throw it away by wrong decision making by the team and this gave Norwich Union a confidence boost with no score on the board when there really should have been at least a couple. The deadlock was