Fakenham hosted local rivals Dereham in the first round of the Norfolk Junior Cup and welcoming back Josh Gee who used to play for Fakenham up until the end of last season to the ground. Fakenham have been struggling for most of this season with injuries in their league games and this cup match was no different with players still not recovering in time to play in this game leaving the club with just the bare 15 players and no substitutes.
Dereham started much the brighter side, taking the game to Fakenham who were uncharacteristically quiet and flat. Although both sides were playing well the visitors seemed to get the phases of play running and attacked deep into the Fakenham
Fakenham hosted league leaders Thurston for this EC2 league game which was the second meeting this season of these two clubs. Fakenham were hoping to improve on the 57 – 0 defeat away to Thurston on the 28th September. Fakenham also welcomed Tim Syer back from university for the Christmas break to join the team for the first time since October.
Fakenham started the game under immense pressure from Thurston absorbing attack after attack and with their failure to clear the ball from danger areas they invited more even attacking moves. Thurston persisted and eventually made the break to score a converted try (0-7). Fakenham tried to get back into the game but Thurston were hungrier and were first to most of the 50:50 balls and also forced the ruck and
Nearly, but not quite!
This EC2 game saw Fakenham travelling to Haverhill once again short with only 14 players thanks to work and injuries but they were determined to give a good account of themselves. The warm up did not go well with players still on the road 10 minutes before kick-off only arriving just in time for the referee's briefing. The game started with Fakenham receiving the kick and driving down the pitch in phases and as the ball was passed to Tom Bane-Young he took a successful snap drop goal attempt (0-3). Fakenham pressed forward at the restart and forced Haverhill to infringe at a ruck and TBY slotted the penalty from 40 metres (0-6). Haverhill came out fighting and made the one man extra count by launching one of their backs to score a try between the posts which was successfully converted (7-6). Fakenham continued to attack and cause problems for Haverhill but they were
Fakenham had a pre match luncheon sponsored by the local branch of Jewson builder's merchants before this EC2 league match. A match ball was presented to Joe Bane-Young the Fakenham first team captain by Jewson representatives to use for the game followed by a presentation of new shirts to the Under 16 team received by Lloyd Marshall. The players and the club would like to thank Jewson's for their valuable support.
After their heroics of last weeks' game Fakenham started this game in a very uncharacteristic fashion being sluggish and slow to react to the visitors attacks. This clash was a mid table clash and should have been a close affair but Fakenham found themselves a penalty