Swaffham 21 Fakenham 13 – Norfolk Junior Cup

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This Norfolk Junior Cup match was the first time these local sides have played each other for two seasons with Swaffham playing in EC1 and Fakenham playing in EC2 North. This was a good opportunity for Fakenham to see how their three year plan was coming along and the possibility to cause a cup upset if they could play to their potential. The game was played in windy wet weather and that had an effect on handling skills early on, both teams spurned early penalty chances to keep the score at 0-0. The game was backwards and forwards with Swaffham having the best of the open forwards play and Fakenham the better of the back encounters. Swaffham took the

Norwich Medics 18 – 23 Fakenham – Eastern Counties 2N

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With a heavy pitch and inclement weather this game was always going to be a tough challenge for Fakenham. A late unavoidable call off by Lee Mason caused Fakenham to re-jig the team with Mike Curry coming off the bench and cap'n Bob Sayer stepping in to front row replacement role, despite this Fakenham started well, their defense stepping up from the beginning to shut down the dangerous Medics runners. Fakenham soon put phases together in a simple but effective move putting the ball through virtually all of the backs for Adam 'Keith' Steele to score in the corner, Tom Bane Young converted. 5 minutes later sustained pressure forced a penalty which TBY converted making the score 0-10 after ten minutes. As the half progressed Medics were allowed to get in to their stride and they retained good ball to be a constant threat but the Fakenham defense held and their pressure forced many mistakes by Medics. One such forced mistake led to a stray ball that Lloyd Marshall pounced on and beat the first defenders, he then sprinted clear and fed Tom Bane Young who

Fakenham 12 – 3 Diss 2nd - Eastern Counties 2N

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A tough encounter was expected against a Diss side who always provide stern opposition and have not lost to Fakenham for several years.
Fakenham started positively and were playing with confidence, regularly breaking through the Diss defence and forcing an early penalty which Tom Bane Young converted. Fakenham were then obviously trying to avoid the complacency of last week so upped their intensity and their defensive aggression with Rory Singleton finding many gaps at the breakdown to either break through or steal the ball. Unfortunately this intensity led to a lack of discipline with Fakenham giving away far too many penalties which disrupted their patterns of play and well and truly kept Diss in the game but both side made handling errors at crucial phases in the attack having got themselves into good field position. Diss had many attemts at the Fakenham line but resolute defence kept

West Norfolk 2nd 7 - Fakenham 26 - Eastern Counties 2N

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Fakenham travelled to West Norfolk for this EC2n fixture on the back of their 71-0 demolition of Beccles a couple of weeks ago. The side was missing a couple of players through injury but was still reasonably strong. Weather conditions on arrival at the ground were awful; the heavy rain of the morning thankfully easing but there was still a strong crosswind to contend with on the pitch that the game had been moved to (the main pitch was waterlogged in parts).
Fakenham started off brightly enough and posted the first score after only 2 minutes when a good move from the backs put Jack Whiteside through on a good run to outpace the West defense and score under the posts, the conversion being

West Norfolk 2nd 7 - Fakenham 26 - Eastern Counties 2N

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Fakenham travelled to West Norfolk for this EC2n fixture on the back of their 71-0 demolition of Beccles a couple of weeks ago. The side was missing a couple of players through injury but was still reasonably strong. Weather conditions on arrival at the ground were awful; the heavy rain of the morning thankfully easing but there was still a strong crosswind to contend with on the pitch that the game had been moved to (the main pitch was waterlogged in parts).
Fakenham started off brightly enough and posted the first score after only 2 minutes when a good move from the backs put Jack Whiteside through on a good run to outpace the West defense and score under the posts, the conversion being

Fakenham 71 Beccles 2nds 0

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Fakenham had a successful pre-match lunch at the weekend with 42 sitting down for lunch before this EC2 North league game between the hosts and the recently promoted Beccles second team who it has to be said are finding it tougher at the slightly higher level of competition of this season's campaign. Beccles could only muster a bare 15 players to travel to the match; this meant they could not afford any injuries at all. From the outset Fakenham were dominant in the scrum and had the quicker stronger backs from the evidence of the early exchanges but Beccles had the upper hand in the lineout. Fakenham took the lead when Lloyd Marshall outpaced the Beccles defence after some good work down the left wing and Tom Bane-Young 7-0 converted the try. Beccles defended well for a short time but Steven Clay, playing on the right wing, went on one of his barnstorming runs knocking defenders over and rounding the