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

Fakenham 34 Dereham 10

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Fakenham entertained Dereham in their last EC2 league game of the season. Fakenham had improved considerably since the first meeting between the two sides but unfortunately the last two competitive games for the club had not gone their way. Expectation from the squad and the coaching team only added to the pressure for a good performance and potentially a favourable result. Dereham opened their account with the opening score by their wing, an unconverted try after seven minutes of play to take the lead (0-5). This shocked the home side into action and forced them to launch a concerted effort and they duly pressed deep into the Dereham 22 metre area and after two or three probes by the forwards, vice-captain Bob Sayer crashed over the line on the ten minutes mark. Lloyd Marshall slotted the kick to give Fakenham the lead 7-5. This had all the hallmarks of a classic

Fakenham 15 Diss Seconds 26

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Fakenham hosted top of the league Diss 2nd team on Saturday, knowing that they.would have to draw on all their form of recentgames to compete with a Diss side also playing well and holding top spot in the Division. Fakenham made the ideal start, 8 minutes into the game when Vice-Captain Bob Sayer scored the opening try of the game and, with a successful conversion from Lloyd Marshall, gave the home side a 7-0 lead. Seven minutes later Diss transgressed at a ruck to give Fakenham a good chance to increase their lead Lloyd slotted the kick (10-0). The home side squandered three great chances to score tries but it looked like a breakdown in communication at crucial moments in the attack and some great defence by Diss saw all three chances go begging. Diss fought back and with some hard fair rugby played by both sides a thrilling game for spectators to watch Diss crossed to score a converted try (10-7). Fakenham were awarded a penalty 45 metres from goal and the Fakenham captain called

Norwich Union 5 Fakenham 47

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Fakenham travelled to Sprowston for this EC2 North league game against an improving Norwich Union side. With only three league fixtures left to decide the final league positions, Fakenham wanted to keep up their run of recent form in order to keep up the pressure on the top four, only a win would do for Fakenham. The first half saw Fakenham with the wind at their backs literally. Norwich Union showed their intent being the first out of the blocks, pressing Fakenham hard and pushing them deep into their own 22 metre area. Union had the better of the forward encounters both in the set scrum and the loose and starved Fakenham of possession, keeping the visitors pinned in their own half. Fakenham did manage to escape with some well-placed kicks and good running to move up the field of play. Fakenham pressed their advantage now into the home sides 22 metre area and, although they lost possession, they forced Union to knock