Fakenham 2nds – 11 v Broadland 2nds – 10

This EC4 North league match saw Fakenham field a full side with one on the bench for the first time for a league game this season giving the home side a welcome lift before the start. The game kicked off and both sides showed their intent to win the match with good forceful play without penetrating the defence to score. Territory was hard won but then poor handling or infringements at the breakdown cost the attacking side possession allowing the defending side to relieve the pressure. This pattern continued until one Fakenham attack reached the 22m area and saw Broadland's get frustrated and

concede a penalty, up stepped Mark Allen to slot the kick to give Fakenham the lead 3 – 0. Broadland's responded but could not find the final pass or else good cover defence from Fakenham kept them out. The Fakenham forward combined well to drive deep down the pitch in to the 22m area and Broadland's could not resist putting their hands on the ball illegally and conceding another penalty, again kicked by Mark Allen 6 - 0. This time Broadland's response was quick and more accurate and produced an opening in the Fakenham defence to score a try close enough to the posts to make the kick comfortable to take the score at half time 6 – 10.
The second half was similar to the first half but Fakenham's backs started to hold on to the ball and make breaks and finding plenty of gaps in the Broadland defence. Toby Betts and Brandon Fairbrother making their adult debuts and Jonathan Kettell returning after a two year absence all made an impact on the game. The home side worked tirelessly to progress up the field and with the forwards again carrying well and looking after the break down, supplied good ball to backs for Mark Allen to score a try wide out on the right Chris Glossop attempted the kick but it was too difficult 11 – 10. Fakenham now had their tails up and were chasing the win with another score and pressured Broadlands deep into their own 22m area for a 5m line out, the ball was knocked on at the line out and he ensuing scrum went to the home side, they put a huge drive on and forced the visitors to commit an offence. Fakenham decided to take a scrum as they wanted to press their scrummage dominance and again the hook and the drive were spot on and this caused the Broadland's flanker to break and attack the ball and the no8's feet for another penalty. A quick discussion between the home side resulted in the decision to take another scrum and once more the big drive came in and Broadland's once more infringed and yet another penalty was awarded. Fakenham thought this meant a penalty try but the referee only gave Broadland's a final warning. The home side took another scrum but this time could not control the ball at the back of the scrum and it all went scrappy. The game came to an end with score at 11 – 10 although Fakenham skipper Craig White was pleased with the result it was tinged with disappointment of not having a bigger win. Fakenham seconds travel to second place Norwich Medics seconds next week for a crucial league game and the first of three on the road for the Fakenham side.