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
Fakenham travelled to Swaffham for the first round of the Norfolk Junior Cup in high spirits following their recent league form. This game had the potential for Fakenham to challenge Swaffham an EC1 league team and progress to the next round. Swaffham had not read the Fakenham script however and raced into a 14 – 0 lead within 15 minutes of the kick off, their dominance in the forwards showing clearly where the visitors had their main injury problems. The rest of the first half saw an uncharacteristic display from Fakenham with their defensive system not working to its usual standard with players falling off tackles and allowing Swaffham to gain territory and make it very difficult for Fakenham to settle into
Fakenham seconds played host to Watton for this EC3 North league game, with Fakenham having players returning from injury and absence to swell the normally available pool for selection it promised to be a good game. Watton started the better side, running with plenty of pace and determination and might well have scored two or three tries except for some superb tackling from Fakenham full back Joe Bane-Young. Fakenham didn’t really help themselves by regularly kicking away possession (in many cases with very poor kicks) and having to then defend against a rampant Watton team. The first score of the game went with the flow of play when Watton got more players in to the attack and breach the Fakenham defence to score a converted try and take the lead 0-7. This forced Fakenham to slightly change their game plan and to try
Fakenham chasing the top spot in the table hosted North Walsham second team (who currently lie in 3rd) in this EC2 North league game. Fakenham were expecting a tough game and Walsham initially didn’t disappoint, giving the home side plenty to defend but Fakenham were generally winning the territorial battle. After 5 minutes Fakenham made the territory pay when Tom Bane-Young broke through to score a try out wide on the right wing but unfortunately this was not to be one of his better kicking days and the kick was not successful, 5-0. Walsham pushed on from the restart but ultimately
Fakenham travelled to West Norfolk last Saturday for their EC2N fixture, fortunately the rain had stopped but a strong blustery NW wind was well in evidence.
Fakenham started really well and quickly showed why there is the gap between both themselves and Diss in the league with an early try created from a forwards driving maul finished off by strong backs running to give Adam Steele his first try of the game after only 3 minutes. The conversion was slotted over by Tom Bane-Young to give Fakenham a quick 0-7 lead in the game. West came back well but did not look like they were going to threaten the try line. Fakenham could have had another try had they spotted the regularly untended blindside but they had to wait a while to get another try. It was in the 28th minute when good work from Fakenham led to Josh Gee getting his first try of the game way out on the right wing. The conversion attempt was missed by Tom B-Y, leaving Fakenham in the lead by