Diss 2nd XV 10 - 29 Fakenham 1st XV

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Last Saturday saw  Fakenham 1st travel south to Diss to take on their 2nd XV.  The match started brightly for Fakenham with high intensity in the game play moving them up the field quickly.  The first score came within 5 minutes of the kickoff.  Fakenham reversed the direction of attack and Joe Bane-Young fed debutant flanker Rob Ward.  Ward initially juggled the catch, but once he had the ball secure, he broke a tackle and found himself with a 20 metre sprint to the line for the touchdown.

Fakenham kept up the pressure on Diss and it wasn’t long before the second score came.  Following a lineout, Fakenham ran a couple of phases with the forwards taking the play into the centre of the field.  With Diss’s defence drawn in, the space opened up back to the left.  Joe Bane-Young was again involved, this time giving the pass to Number 8 Howard Kellock who had an untouched 10 meter run to the line.

Diss were needing to get some momentum goinig in rder to establish a foothold in the game but again it was Fakenham who scored next.  Diss were trying to use their big forwards to set some phases together and work their way out of their own 22 but the ball was dislodged in a tackle and spilled out the side.  Howard Kellock was the first to react and scooping up the ball he headed for the line.  A simple pass was given and winger Brett Stolworthy was able to coast over the line.  This try was then converted by Lloyd Marshall.

With Fakenham leading by 17 points to nil Diss started to become

Fakenham v Beccles - EC1N

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`````Saturday 6th January started with some bad news for Fakenham RUFC.  In the early hours of the morning, a gas canister was dragged across the pitch to the dugout, set alight and left to explode.  Thankfully no-one was hurt and the main building was undamaged, but it left a significant amount of debris on the pitch.  The club would like to extend its thanks to both the fire service and police who were quickly on the scene, and also to all the people who helped at the club throughout the morning to ensure the pitch was suitable for the game to go ahead.

Later in the day, both sides were in action, the 1st XV hosting Beccles 1st XV and the 2nd XV traveling to Wymondham 3rd XV. The 1st XV went into their fixture knowing a win would seal the Eastern Counties 1 (North) division for them and ensure they won through to the playoffs in the second half of the season as Division Champions.  The 1st half of the match was a competitive affair with both sides running hard and defending well.  Beccles had the first opportunity of points when Fakenham failed to deal with the catch from the kickoff and the infringement at the resulting breakdown led to a kickable penalty.  The normally reliable boot of the Beccles kicker pushed the kick wide though, a let-off for Fakenham. Fakenham showed the varied play that has taken them to the position they are now, the first score resulted from some strong composed forward play making hard yards in the final third of the field with Ashley Stewart touching down for the score.  The second try came soon after from

Boxing Day 2017

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Some pictures of the action on Boxing Day morning

North Walsham 2nd XV 17 - 24 Fakenham

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On Saturday the 25th November Fakenham travelled to North Walsham to play Walsham’s 2nd team in a top of the table clash.  It was to be an entertaining encounter that made it apparent why these two sides were sitting atop the league. The day started slightly awkwardly for Fakenham when having arrived at the ground it was realized that the playing kit had been forgotten and the game only got underway when North Walsham offered the loan of one of their strips for which many thanks are due for the sporting offer.
North Walsham were the first team on the board, converting a penalty kick after infringements from the Fakenham pack in their own half.  Fakenham soon struck back though with Luke Taylor collecting a

Fakenham 29 - 25 Norwich Union - Eastern Counties 1 (north)

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Fakenham survive bruising encounter to maintain unbeaten record.

Fakenham came into this game expecting a tough encounter, Norwich Union being the only team to have put any significant points past them so far this season.  The two teams play opposing styles of rugby, Norwich Union predominantly using a strong, well drilled pack against Fakenham, a side looking to use the pace and ability of their back line.

Norwich Union were the first team to score.  Gathering the kick off and putting together a solid 10 minutes of phases using their bigger pack to run aggressively at Fakenham.  Fakenham's defense was good and held out for a long period but eventually the pressure told and Norwich Union went 1 score up, 0-7.

Fakenham regrouped and almost immediately struck back, using their own pack to drag in the Norwich Union defense and allowing space for Jordii Walker to run into a gap and through to the line and Lloyd Marshall converted 7-7.  The next score also went in Fakenham's favour very shortly after.  This time Fakenham moved the ball through short quick

Broadlands 6 Fakenham 26 – Eastern Counties 1N

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At the weekend, Fakenham travelled to the Gt Yarmouth Broadlands ground with 5 changes from the previous week’s team but still in good spirits despite this having won 7 from 7 games. The conditions were wet with a strong wind, not the best for handling and running rugby but both sides tried hard to play their normal game but with mixed results.

Fakenham scored early in the first half with Jordii Walker cutting a strong line, taking a pass at speed and breaking through a number of tackles to score under the post to give the visitors the lead, the conversion was good by Tom Bane-Young 0 -7. Broadland with physically the bigger set of forwards pressed forwards but the Fakenham defence held firm and when the home side were awarded a penalty they opted to kick at the posts and were successful 3-7.  Fakenham again looked dangerous in attack and surged forwards, a swift passing move at pace saw Murray Tindall break the Broadlands defensive line and score the second try of the game, converted by Tom Bane-Young 3-14.  Fakenham pressed their advantage in the hunt for more tries and Jordii Walker scored his second try with some strong running to go