Thurston 57 Fakenham 0
Fakenham travelled to Thurston in optimistic mood with two players returning to strengthen the squad for this second "Eastern Counties Div. 2" game. Spirits were high as the squad enthusiastically warmed up, hoping for an improvement on last week's display.
The game started with a series of strong Thurston attacks but Fakenham's defence held firm but counter attack errors unfortunately cut short the time Fakenham spent in the opposition's half. Fakenham then suffered a major blow when Oscar Cotton a young debutant turned his ankle badly in a pot hole on the pitch. This caused a huge swelling and forced Fakenham to make a very early replacement and ruin Oscars debut and possibly the next 6-8 weeks as well. Thurston continued to press their advantage and when Fakenham ran out of cover tackles Thurston crossed to score after 8 minutes which was not converted (5-0). Fakenham regularly failed to clear their lines fully and with only short skirmished into Thurston's half found themselves pressed back into their own half, twelve minutes later they conceded a converted try (12-0). After 33 minutes of the game Thurston pressed their advantage further to add another converted try (19-0). Fakenham conceded two further tries in the first half, only one of which was converted, to leave the half time score at 31-0.
Fakenham as last week started the second half in much better form, attacking deep into Thurston's half only to be repelled, undeterred Fakenham attacked again but a fluid move was halted illegally when a pass was deliberately knocked on by a Thurston player. The ref gave a penalty just inside the 22 metres but Joe Bane- Young failed to convert the penalty against the wind. The play was more end to end with Thurston shading the territory battle. Each time Thurston attacked, it looked more dangerous than Fakenham's efforts. Thurston scored two converted tries to move the score on to 45-0 and leave Fakenham needing a miracle to get on the score board. George Ready burst through a gap with Joe Bane-Young in support, the last defender had been committed but as the pass was released again a deliberate knock on stopped the flight to the intended receiver, this was not picked up by the referee and to add insult to injury the loose ball was picked up by Thurston and with the Fakenham players incredulous about the decision Thurston made good ground and passed to a support player to score out wide. The try was unconverted and took the score to 50-0. By this time Fakenham having had one period of being down to fourteen men and having used all their bench to cover injuries were definitely looking jaded and this allowed Thurston to top off their performance to score the last converted try to move the final score on to 57-0. Thurston performed better than Fakenham and spurred on by a large crowd on their 40th anniversary were deserved winners. Fakenham looked good in spells but are not working well as a team at the moment and individual skill without the teamwork will not bring results.
Fakenham firsts will try again this week, away to Mildenhall in another EC2 league match while Fakenham seconds will travel to Watton seconds in a NMT3 game. Both games will kick off at 3pm.