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Fakenham 2nd 66 – Thetford 2nd 0 Eastern Counties 3North

With the first team game at Swaffham called off as a result of frost (like the previous weeks game against Norwich Medics) it was with some relief that The Fakenham 2nd team game went ahead, the seconds having not had a game for a while as a result of oppositions crying off.
Thetford 2nd having had a number of high scoring wins earlier in the season were expected to put up some stern opposition for Fakenham but almost from the kick-off this was not to be the case. Try hard as they could, Thetford always looked to be on the back foot and the difference in the sides was extremely noticeable with Fakenham back to

the strong side that they can be thanks to non clashing work commitments for a change and University holidays bringing others back into the fold. The game was only 5 minutes old when Fakenham scrum half Dec Sperring dashed across the line for the first of many tries of the afternoon for Fakenham, sadly not converted. Jack Green was next in line about 4 minutes later, another unconverted try the result. Thetford tried hard but never looked convincing in the loose or the set pieces, there seemed no plan to try and contain Fakenham at all. Murray Tindall was next on the board (also unconverted) followed by two Josh Gee sprints up the wing to score the first 2 of his 3 of the afternoon. The first half was rounded out with a try for captain Adam Steele who was the one who seemed to be at the bottom of the pile of players just before the whistle went.
The resumption was exactly that with prop Jack Powell Thorne ran half the length of the pitch to outpace the Thetford defence and score to the many loud cheers from the first team squad who were spectating, this was surprisingly converted (the first successful one of the afternoon). George Ready (back from Uni) was next to score, not converted, as was par for the day, taking the score to 42-0. Dec Sperring who had been having an excellent day at scrum half marshalling the different attacks was next to add to his tally with a quick darting run putting him right under the posts, this conversion was successful. Jonathon Kettle, Josh Gee with his 3rd (from an excellent offload by Ian Williamson) and Rory Singleton rounded off the afternoon with a score of 66-0.
There are no more league games until the 6th January when the 1st team are at home to Beccles whilst the 2nds are away to Wymondham 3rds, both games start at 2:00pm. There may be a Boxing Day morning fixture at the club on 26th Dec but details have not yet been finalised.