Fakenham 2nd 38 Broadland Gt Yarmouth 2nd 8 – Eastern Counties 3N

Fakenham seconds hosted this EC3 North league fixture against Broadland Gt Yarmouth seconds on Saturday, their penultimate league game of the season. The game revolved around the battle between the slight dominance of the Broadland’s forwards and Fakenham pacey backs, in the end what the difference was the Fakenham backs play won the day. Fakenham were to strike first through Josh Gee returning from an enforced absence when he out-paced his opposite number to score the try and Mark “Scuff” Allen kicked the conversion 7-0. Broadlands had most of the position for the next 5 minutes but when Fakenham regained possession centre Luke Taylor made the most of his opportunity and scored wide on the left wing, the try was unconverted 12-0. Broadlands attacked strongly from the kick off and enjoyed possession and territory and

when Fakenham infringed at a ruck, the visitors opted to take a penalty kick. The kick was successful and gave Broadlands points on the board to encourage the team to work a little harder 12-3. Fakenham had some good attacks also, but in the main the ball was either lost forward or they were turned over by Broadland thereby halting progress until Mark Allen squeezed through a gap to score under the posts and convert it himself 19-3. Broadlands pushed forward again and scored a try which they were certainly due from their earlier play but the kick missed the posts to leave the score 19-8. Fakenham missed a penalty shot of their own but this was forgotten minutes later when George Ready scored a try right under the posts to make an easy kick for Mark Allen 26-8 The Fakenham forwards had played well in the first half and were rewarded when Rory Singleton scored almost on half time with Luke Taylor converting to take the score to 33-8 at the whistle.
The second half was a much closer affair with both sides enjoying periods on possession and territory only for the moves to either breakdown or the side in possession to infringe and hand a perfect opportunity for the defending side to clear their lines and keep possession for a spell themselves. Fakenham were to score the only points of the second half when a handling move put Luke Taylor into space and he showed a clean pair of heels to the defence to score the try, unfortunately his attempted conversion was not as accurate but moved the score to 38-8. Although Fakenham were worth the score from their expansive style of play, Broadlands had given a very good account of themselves and the scoreboard did not reflect their contribution to the game. Fakenham chose one of their hard-working forwards, Matthew King, as their Man of the Match and he thoroughly deserved it for his direct running and defensive work. Debutant William Doughty made an impressive start showing both pace and maturity above his years and is a welcome addition to the fold. The whole of the squad played and linked well together even though not many train together due to work and other commitments.