West Norfolk 2nd v Fakenham

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West Norfolk 2nd XV 30 Fakenham 1st XV 15 – Eastern Counties 2

What a difference a week makes, Fakenham travelled to West Norfolk with a much more balanced squad hoping to forget the dismal performance of the previous week against Dereham. Even from the warmup it was obvious that improvements had been made in all departments and that there was a confidence that had been sadly lacking the previous week. The game started at quire a pace from the young West Norfolk side but Fakenham pushed them all the way with a dominant pack winning lots of the West Norfolk scrums and line outs. An early lead came with some good handling by the West Norfolk back line to

Dereham v Fakenham

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Dereham 37 Fakenham 7

Fakenham played their first Eastern Counties 2 North League game of the season away to Dereham at the weekend, producing a most lack lustre start to the league program losing to a well organised and far more determined Dereham outfit. Dereham had lost two players to red cards in the first half and played 55mins with only 13 players - but they played with far more heart and a much better approach than Fakenham. The only bright spot for Fakenham was a try to Joe Bane-Young whereas Dereham could boast 3 tries from ex Fakenham winger Josh Gee amongst some good performances all round. Fakenham will have to improve quickly as there are other tough games to come within the next 4 weeks.
Fakenham will travel to West Norfolk this Saturday to play their second team in the EC2 North division kick off is 3pm.

Fakenham v Thetford (Hogston Crowley Cup)

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Fakenham 26 Norwich 40

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Fakenham had two debutants in the side to play Norwich 2nd, Lenny Drummy a 17 year old three-quarter and tight-head prop Stuart Moyse,they both had great debut games and gave added value to the Fakenham performance. Lenny was asked to step in at stand-off after captain Joe Bane-Young suffered a knee injury, a big step for such a young player, but he handled the responsibility very well. Norwich second team travelled with a good mixture of youth and experience to produce a very competitive side.

The game was end to end with Norwich taking the lead with a converted try and Fakenham responding with a converted try from Bob Sayer and converted by Joe Bane-Young (7-7). Oscar Cotton having another great game scored next for Fakenham but the conversion was missed (12-7). Norwich went on the offensive pushing deep into the Fakenham half and were rewarded with an

Thetford 69 Fakenham 16

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Fakenham went into this EC2 match with key players missing due to a mix of injury and a couple of players carrying the seasons' wear and tear. An away game and Fakenhams last EC2 match of the season, Thetford, who were to be crowned as champions no matter what the outcome of the game was, soon showed why they were top of the table with strong running and unforgiving tackling. Thetford went 7- 0 up with a well worked try which was converted. Fakenham then fought back with two penalties from Tom Bane-Young to make the score 7-6. Thetford started piling on the pressure and pressed forwards and scored another try and conversion to make the score 14-6. Fakenham in reply drove into the Thetford 22 metre area and then forced a lineout which they lost and in the issuing melee one of

Fakenham 69 Haverhill and District 7

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Fakenham hosted Haverhill & District for an EC2 league match. Haverhill had problems raising a side and travelled with only 14 players, the reverse of the previous fixture in December where a 13 man Fakenham side narrowly lost by 2 points.
Fakenham meant business from the word go, only taking 3 minutes to take the lead with a well worked try from Tom Bane-Young wide out on the right but he could not add the extra points for the conversion (5-0). Fakenham should have increased their lead when Dave Savage crossed the line but was adjudged to have dropped the ball, however Fakenham kept the pressure on and managed to increase their lead 8 minutes later with a try from Vice-captain Howard Kellock and this time the kick was good from Tom Bane-Young 12-0. Captain Joe Bane-Young had been running strongly and was rewarded with a try of his own which his brother Tom B–Y converted to make the score 19-0. Just after this Fakenham lost stalwart prop Richard Warren with a suspected broken leg and were determined