Norwich Seconds 5 Fakenham 50

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Fakenham travelled to Norwich rugby club intent on keeping the run of winning results on a roll (having won every league game bar the opener) but realising that Norwich seconds had beaten 2nd place Diss seconds earlier in the season.

Fakenham certainly hit the ground running, pressing Norwich back from the start with a concerted attack down the left wing, Some great handling and support play saw captain Adam Lingwood cross to score the first try but it was unfortunately unconverted 0-5. Fakenham continued to press the game down the left flank and after a chip kick from Tom Bane-Young the Norwich right wing knocked on, gifting Fakenham a scrum. The Fakenham forwards had been dominant from the start of the game and this scrum was no different. The ball was moved to Tom B-Y who, with a pre-planned move, dummied one pass then straightened and passed to his brother Joe Bane-Young to score close to the posts, Tom score the conversion 0-12. Norwich were at this stage at sixes and sevens so Fakenham then switched their attack to the right wing and forced a lineout, the ball was won and a drive around the front saw Ashley

Fakenham 46 Norwich Medics 0 – Eastern Counties 2N

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Saturday saw Fakenham host third place side Norwich Medics for the latest round of EC2 north games. Fakenham, expecting the usual strong Medics performance, really started the game as if they meant business, driving forwards to Medics territory with both pace and determination, putting their opponents on the backfoot from the very start of the game. The first score of the game went to Fakenham when Josh Sperring scored a try wide out on the left wing after a fast-flowing movement that involved both the Fakenham forwards and backs. Tom Bane- Young uncharacteristically missed the conversion leaving the score 5-0. After the restart Fakenham again pressed forward with intent, not allowing their visitors

Dereham 7 – Fakenham 72 - Eastern Counties 2N

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Fakenham managed to shake off the slow starts that have been present in recent games and tore into Dereham with intensity and organisation. A try came almost immediately as Fakenham’s pace created gaps in a Dereham team that could just not keep up and Tom Bane-Young scored under the posts and then duly converted his own try. That was the story for the next 30 minutes as Fakenham maintained their game plan and discipline to score try after try, Josh Gee scoring in the 11th, 20th and 22 minute, George Ready in the 17th and 25th. Their tendency to lose focus after the third try did not happen as their concentration and organisation remained at maximum level, Tom B-Y adding another try after 29

Fakenham 47 Norwich Union 7

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Fakenham got the second half of their league season underway with a home fixture against Norwich Union on Saturday, their first league fixture of 2017. The Xmas and New Year break had given time for knocks and bangs to heal but the question was, had it taken the edge off the Fakenham challenge? The answer was an immediately obvious and resounding no as a charge down by the home side’s scrum half Harry Richardson provided the first try of the game within the first couple of minutes and this was converted by the ever-reliable Tom Bane-Young, 7-0. The visitors were obviously rocked by the speed of the score but

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Broadlands-Gt Yarmouth 3 Fakenham 27 – Eastern Counties 2N

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Fakenham arrived for this opening game of the league 2nd half determined to continue moving forwards from the die first half performance of the cup game against Swaffham. The team was still looking unusual as a combination of injury and the early start meant a number of regular players were not available but they started positively but they just couldn’t quite get the phases together that they wanted due to the aggressive play of Broadlands in the rucks. When ball was passed out wider chances were lost due to the very greasy ball and some over complicating where simplicity would have