2017.09.30

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Eastern Counties 1

Fakenham 24 - 3 North Walsham 2nd XV

Saturday the 30th September saw Fakenham hosting North Walsham 2nd XV.  Fakenham quickly established their dominance but careless mistakes and silly penalties meant North Walsham were able to kick their way up the pitch and put pressure on the Fakenham line.  Fakenham had learnt the lessons from the game against Norwich Union and their defence against the North Walsham driven maul was solid forcing the away team to settle for a 3 point penalty to open the scoring.  That would prove to be the only points North Walsham would get in the day. 

Fakenham were far stronger in the pack and this reaped it’s reward when they pushed a 5 meter scrum up to the line and Howard Kellock touched down a simple score from 8.  Incisive runs from Fakenhams back three of George Ready, Brett Stolworthy and Murray Tindall meant Fakenham kept the pressure on the Walsham side.  The next score came when captain Tom Bane Young made a looping run across the pitch, drawing in the North Walsham winger and giving a clean pass for Tindall to score unopposed.  The half time score was 12-3.

Starting the second half Walsham improved their defence making it harder for Fakenham to break their lines but composed play meant the home side scored two further trys through Jim Wells and a second from Tindall.  North Walsham played a hard game and had some excellent runs of their own but on the day Fakenham were the more complete team and deserved the bonus point win.  The game ended 24-3 keeping 

2017.09.23

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Eastern Counties 1 (n)

Norwich Union 31 - 45 Fakenham

A hot Saturday afternoon had Fakenham travelling to Norwich union for what would prove to be a very physical encounter.  Norwich Union started aggressively and their forwards battered a hole in the Fakenham defence within the first 5 minutes allowing Union to take the lead.  This wake up call brought Fakenham into the game and they were able to respond with some running rugby to allow Jordi Walker to even the score up.  The rest of the first half was well contested with scores being exchanged on both sides, Fakenhams being scored by Rory Singleton and a second for Walker, to bring the half time score to 19 - 21. 

The second half had Fakenham on the upper hand for the majority with the forwards providing a better platform and the backs running into more open spaces.  Luke Taylor kept his scoring tally to 0 but did give some naughty offloads to allow scores from the back three of Murray Tindall, Lloyd Marshall and Brett Stollworthy and a third for Walker.  Norwich Union were not to be denied a place on the second half score sheet with a well organised driving maul allowing them to cross the line.  The final score was 31 - 45 giving Fakenham their third bonus point win of the league season and keeping them at the top of the league.

Fakenham 2nd XV hosted Wymondham 3rd XV but lost 22 - 36 in their Eastern Counties 3 league matchup.  Fakenham performed well and will take a lot of positives from the encounter as well as some areas to work on in training.  Scores for Fakenham came through Mark Allen, Brandon Fairbrother, Matt Hardman and Ian Williamson.

Next weekend both teams are playing home fixtures, the 1st XV hosting North Walsham 2nd XV and the 2nd XV hosting Swaffham 2nd XV.  Kick off for both games is 3pm.

2017.09.16

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Eastern Counties Division 1

Fakenham 61 - 0 Great Yarmouth & Broadland

A sunny Saturday afternoon saw Fakenham hosting Great Yarmouth & Broadland for the second fixture of the league season.  Fakenham, playing for the 1st time in a new kit, won the game 61 points to nil but this scoreline doesn’t tell the whole story.

The first half was dominated by Fakenham with tries coming from Murray Tindall (2), Adam Lingwood, Henry Hepworth-Smith and Ian Williamson along with 3 conversions from Tom Bane Young.  The highlight of these was Tindalls 2nd which came after strong forwards carries on the right before the ball went wide to the left wing and slick pop off-loads between the back line allowed TIndall to gallop through and score under the posts.

Broadland regrouped at half time and came out stronger.  Fakenham on the other hand took their finger off the pace and lost their composure.  Sloppy handling along with white line fever meant Fakenham were unable to increase their score for next 25 minutes.  Despite this their defence held firm and Broadland were unable to get close to the Fakenham line.  In the end Fakenham regained their composure and ran in a further 4 trys through Tindall, Bane Young and Jordi Walker (2) taking the final score to a commanding 61-0. 

The afternoon came to a close with Henry Hepworth-Smith being voted Norfolk Brewhouse Man of the Match.  A particular mention also goes to the sponsors of the new kit; Peniston Ltd, The Gallery Bistro and Gastbys Barbers.

West Norfolk 26 - Fakenham 28 - Norfolk Plate Semi Final

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An excellent win against London 3 side West Norfolk on Wednesday night under lights to put Fakenham into the final of the Norfolk Plate Competition against Crusaders on Saturday 6th May at Holt RUFC - ko time - 12:45pm 

Fakenham 23 Holt 33 - Baham Cup 2017

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Fakenham hosted the Banham cup last weekend; once an annual fixture, it has not been played for 5 years but both Fakenham and Hilt have worked on their fixture lists to reinstate the fixture this season and going forward. The pre-match lunch, sponsored by Banham seed merchants, was well attended with nearly 80 people sitting down to an excellent meal. With the fine weather at the weekend a good-sized crowd of 3-400 turned out to see this local derby game.
Fakenham were to take the early plaudits scoring first when centre Ian Williamson forced his

Fakenham 19 Diss 2nds 10 - EC2

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Fakenham hosted this top of the league clash for EC2 North on a god, bright, dry and breezy day in front of a large crowd swelled by the pre-match lunch sponsored by new sponsor Peniston. The game started as a tense affair with Fakenham uncharacteristically dropping passes and with a kick charged down in their own 22-metre area that allowed Diss to press forward. Chances were difficult and hard fought for, but the Fakenham mood lifted when George Ready scored a try to put the first points on the board, unfortunately the attempted conversion was caught by the wind and missed it’s target 5-0. Diss responded from the restart but the Fakenham defence held firm (as it has done so often this season so when the home side infringed at