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

Dereham 19 Fakenham 22 – Eastern Counties 2N

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A good start to the New Year!

Fakenham travelled to Dereham on the back of a 7 game winning streak, full of confidence and fielding a team stronger than the last time the two sides met at Fakenham. The game started with Dereham on the attack but the new found discipline in defence from Fakenham repelled them and allowed them to launch attacks of their own. Fakenham spurned a chance to take the lead when Tom Bane-Young pushed his penalty kick and miss out on three points. Dereham breathed a sigh of relief and then set about building the pressure on Fakenham and pushed hard for the first score of the game, the breakthrough came when the number eight sneaked down the blind side of the ruck and beat the covering tackles to score

Fakenham 15 - 6 Wymondham 2nd – Eastern Counties 2N

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At the weekend Fakenham hosted Wymondham seconds for this EC2 North league encounter hoping for a seventh victory in a row to keep their league challenge alive. The game kicked off with a fierce wind blowing but Wymondham looked and played stronger than Fakenham expected and so they forced the pace of the game, Fakenham's discipline at the breakdown was poor and gave away too many penalties. One attack saw Wymondham drive into the home side's 22 metre area Fakenham transgressed to give

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