Thetford 8 Fakenham 10

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This annual fixture between these two clubs for the Crowley/Hogston cup, named after two past Presidents of Thetford and Fakenham respectfully, proved to be a tight affair as is often the case with this game. Both teams enjoyed periods of domination without fully taking advantage of the possession and territory gained to force home their advantage. Fakenham enjoyed the upper hand for the first period of the game threatening to score on numerous occasions but their attack was fraught with knock forwards and final passes not going to hand. It took 29 minutes to break the deadlock between the two sides as finally Fakenham won a 5 metres lineout and set up a driving maul which was touched down by Adam Lingwood, unfortunately the conversion was not made (0-5). The game was then played end to end with both sides attacking and defending with passion and commitment but the score remained on 0-5 to Fakenham at half time.
The second half started with both teams carrying on with the same degree

Norwich Union II (10) Vs Fakenham II (67)

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This Norfolk merit table division 3 game was played in a mixture of snow and driving wind on a bitterly cold day, making all elements of the game extremely difficult. The forwards had a very competitive battle with both sides enjoying periods of control at scrums, ruck and mauls. Fakenham, however, had the younger players and a full set of young fit backs and this is where the main difference between the teams proved to be.

Fakenham's first three tries came from the quicker backs opening up channels and allowing other players to score with Lingwood, Clay and Richardson all taking their opportunities (0-15). Richardson was controlling the Fakenham backs well with some deft passing and dummies to set them intoattacking

Holt 2nd 24 : Fakenham 3

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Fakenham again failed to beat their neighbours in this Norfolk Merit Table 1 game. The weather forecast was eerily accurate this week with snow, wind and sleet combined with freezing conditions making it very difficult for handling from mid-way through the first half.
Holt had started the brighter in the game scoring after only 2 minutes when Fakenham's back line

Fakenham 1st 65 vs Lakenham 1st 12

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2nd-march-2013

Fakenham had a pre match lunch prior to this Norfolk Merit Table Division 1 match. The lunch and match ball were both sponsored by AOT Engineering of Fakenham. Fakenham met a Lakenham Hewett side that were only able to raise 13 players to travel, Fakenham’s second team fixture had been cancelled and there were plenty of front row replacements so Lakenham borrowed two to enable them to start the match with a full side.

The game was started with a kick that did not travel 10 meters, Fakenham decided to have the kick re-taken and, with possession, Fakenham attacked with strength and speed to put Tom Bane-Young in for a try which he could not add the extras for the kick (5-0). Tom sustained an injury in the act of scoring and tried to play on and recover from it.

Fakenham 1st 21 v North Walsham 2nd 6

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P2238045Fakenham thought they had taken the lead early in this game when after a prolonged attack and 4 or 5 phases of play around the Walsham 5 meter line saw Craig Prior dive between the defence's legs to ground the ball. The referee was unsighted and therefore could not award the try, much to Craig's and Fakenham's anoyance.

Both sets of forward seemed to struggle with the interpretation of the law relating to competition for the ball at rucks. Some rucks were just a pile up of bodies with both sides infringing, issues included not releasing the ball or going off their feet to compete for the ball. Three such incidences produced opportunities for kickable penalties in the first half, 33 minutes Into the game Fakenham infringed at a ruck and gave Walsham the lead with a penalty kick (0-3). Four minutes later Fakenham were on the attack and this time Walsham infringed to give Fakenham a chance to equalise and Tom Bane-Young slotted the kick (3-3). The game was end to end, Fakenham defence were again adjudged to have infringed the laws and found themselves behind on the stroke of half time 3-6.

Diss 2nd 32 vs Fakenham 1st 7

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Fakenham were forced to make five changes for this trip to Diss on Saturday. Diss were definitely up for the game and looked more intense and committed than Fakenham even in the warm up, everything they did looked crisper and with more purpose. The game started with some uncharacteristic poor tackling by Fakenham (which unfortunately persisted throughout the game) allowing Diss to dictate and force Fakenham back towards their own line with some quick breaks, only last ditch cover tackles kept the score at 0-0. The pressure kept building until Diss scored with an unconverted try. Two minutes later Diss were back again, this time scoring a converted try (12–0). Fakenham looked at sixes and sevens but managed to scramble in defence and launch some promising attacks unfortunately without enough support to score but did manage to force two penalty opportunities but both were missed. Fakenham managed to get to half time with score at 12-0.
A stern talking to at half time from stand in captain, Bob Sayer and some positional changes and one personnel change saw Fakenham chase the game. Unfortunately trying to force the issue caused some mistakes inside Fakenham's own 22 allowing Diss to score another converted try. Fakenham then had a concerted effort which saw them move deep into Diss territory finishing with Mark Allen slipping through a gap from about 8 meters out for a converted try (19-7). Mark Allen then had two or three other major runs in the game that should have resulted in another score from Fakenham but delayed passes meant the chances went begging. Diss then took full advantage of some indifferent defending to score another unconverted try (24-7). Another Diss attack resulted in a drop goal by the stand-off to add another 3 points to the score (27-7). The final score in the game came after the Diss second row kicked over the Fakenham defence for the stand-off to nip in and score the last try, which was unconverted. The final game score was Diss 32 Fakenham 7.
Fakenham will be training at home this Tuesday night at 7 pm, new players are always welcome as we are looking for a few new players to join the teams to develop into quality players for next seasons campaign. Next weekend sees Fakenham with two home games as the first team prepare for the visit of North Walsham II and the seconds the visit of Wymondham 3rd, both games will kick off at 2:15pm.