Fakenham 22 North Walsham 2nds 32

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A mixed Fakenham first and second team hosted a strong North Walsham second team for an off league squad friendly in order to give Mike Curry, the Fakenham coach, a chance to assess the development of some of the second team players. The game was a tough one for one or two players who have not played at this level for one to two years and the game highlighted some additional training needs for a couple of the players. The North Walsham team looked well drilled and had a very strong pack of forwards but Fakenham in turn had the stronger backs line and this made for a very interested game. Fakenham

Holt 2nd 20 – Fakenham 30 – Eastern Counties 2 North

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After the two wins of the previous week Fakenham were looking forward to even more of an improvement as a couple of missing players were now back in the side. A furious start from Holt immediately took the wind out of Fakenham's sails and it took them a while to settle in to the game. When they did they set up a huge driving maul deep into the Holt half, which eventually led to a penalty, which Tom Bane-Young converted. The Holt reply was to again put Fakenham under pressure with a kick over Fakenham's heads which they collected and scored a converted try from to take the score to 7-3. Fakenham replied with a good run from Josh Gee only for Holt to infringe again and gain another three points from the boot of Tom Bane-Young.

A somewhat frenetic passage of play then ensued with the game regularly going from one end to the pitch to the other and back again. That marked the end of Fakenham's dominance as Holt then scored a try and a penalty to make the score 17-6 only for Tom Bane-Young to run in a try for Fakenham just before the break which he also converted to go in to half time 17-13.

Fakenham's discipline needed to improve as they were giving away far too many penalties in scrums and at the breakdown, unfortunately the start of the second half was just as ill disciplined and Holt ended with another penalty to go up 20-13 up. This finally galvanised Fakenham and they suddenly learned how to play in a way to the referee's liking and at last worked to their game plan, which led to tries from Bane-Young and Jack Whiteside.

Despite only having one player on the bench Fakenham's fitness and belief began to show which led to a well worked passage of play ending with Josh Gee out pacing the defence to go in for the try. From the restart Fakenham finally had an answer to the kick chase of Holt when Captain Bob Sayer received the restart and immediately fed Adam Lingwood, who had been making yards all game, he ran powerfully up field and sucked in the Holt forwards. From the ruck the quick ball was spun wide to Harry Richardson who ran confidently into space, his perfectly timed pass released Lloyd Marshall who out sprinted the defence to touch down for the bonus point and final try of the game. Final score Holt 20 Fakenham 30.
Next week with no league action both sides are at home for a squad fixture against North Walsham start at 3:00 pm.

Norwich 2nd 17 – Fakenham 24

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It was with some trepidation that Fakenham visited Norwich for this Eastern Counties 2 game as early season lack of players was still apparent and it was a much younger inexperienced side than would usually be considered normal for the First team. The game started really quickly with Fakenham on the offensive and Man of the Match Adam 'Keith' Steele scoring the first of his hat trick of tries for Fakenham in their first league win of the season. The first half went along a similar line to last week with a good start followed by a lack of focus by the team for the rest of the half, although this was less of a problem as Norwich seemed to have similar problems and the constant

Fakenham 7 - Dereham 64

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Saturday was a game of sharply differing quarters in a game that was truly disappointing for Fakenham.
Problems began in the warm up with Fakenham hooker Richard Warren having to pull out injured so Nick Mathers stepped up literally at the last minute. The first quarter started well for Fakenham with the side very definitely on the front foot and making regular inroads into the Dereham defence but unable to break through and unfortunately the lack of a nominated kicker meant also that Fakenham were unable to capitalise on the numerous penalties that they forced and could so easily have been 12-0 up in the first quarter instead of remaining at 0-0.
In the second quarter Fakenham seemed a different team with a virtually non-existent defence allowing Dereham to run in a multitude of unanswered tries. Fakenham certainly paid the price for their lack of cohesion and determination finishing the first half with their heads well down.
The second half began well with Fakenham taking the game to Dereham once again and pushing up in defence but as happened in the first half they were unable to turn pressure into points until a good scramble defence created a turnover which Jack Whiteside pounced on to outsprint the defence from his own half and score under the posts for prop Chris Gossip to convert.
That was the end of Fakenham's positive play as a team and the final quarter was all Dereham who ran in several more tries to win comfortably 64-7.
Credit must be given to Dereham who on that form are already looking like promotion candidates.

Broadland Gt Yarmouth v Fakenham

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Wymondham 20 - Fakenham 21

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Fakenham travelled to Wymondham for this warm up fixture having not played for two weeks and needed a good work out. Wymondham provided a stern test but Fakenham were up to the challenge and this made for an exciting end to end game.
Fakenham took the early play to Wymondham but failed to convert possession and territory into points on the board. Wymondham then exploited some indifferent tackling to open the scoring with an unconverted try 5-0. Fakenham again took the upper hand and played some excellent phases of play but without game sharpness they again failed to cross the line. Wymondham increased their lead with a converted try to take the score to 12-0. Fakenham needed to get into the game and put a concerted drive together to take