Lowestoft and Yarmouth 3rd 12 – 33 Fakenham 2nd – Eastern Counties 4N

With their First Team league action finished until the New Year, Fakenham had only the away game against Lowestoft and Yarmouth to play to finish off their own first part of the season. The game started at a frantic pace with Fakenham seeming to just have the better of the action, although if a try by Steven Clay, who actually ended up wrapped around the opposition post with the ball between him and the post, had not been inexplicably disallowed by the referee it would have been a really

Norwich Union 2nd 14-19 Fakenham 2nd – Eastern Counties 4N

This EC4 North league fixture was in some awful weather and handling skills were always going to be difficult for free flowing rugby. Fakenham misfielded the kick off and put themselves under pressure from the start. C-ordinated well-executed defence kept Union from scoring. Fakenham then managed to clear their lines and launch an attack driving deep into the host's 22 when Norwich Union infringed. Dec Sperring took a quick penalty and feed Chris Glossop on a charge from 5 metres to score the try and Matt Bully converted make the score 0-7. Fakenham had to deal with the NU pressure until they managed to break out and take play into the middle of Union's 22 metre area, the home side infringed again to give a penalty, Matt Bully was accurate with the kick, 0-10. Union became persistent with their attacks and this resulted in a penalty but the kick hit the post and spun across the face of the posts and outside the other post for no score. In the

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

Wymondham 3rd XV-7 Fakenham 2nd XV-30

Wymondham and Fakenham decided to go ahead with this fixture even though Fakenham only had 11 but in the true spirit of rugby Wymondham loaned a player to make 12 players to play 13 from the home side. The game was a tense affair both teams wanting the win this EC4 North league fixture. Fakenham had the better of the backs exchanges and the forwards were well matched with neither side giving ground easily. Fakenham made the first break through a George Ready kick and chase through judging the bounce perfectly to gather and outpace the defence to score the try and convert it himself 0-7. The game was tough and there were some injuries due to the ferocity of some of the tackling and rucking

Fakenham 2nds 36 Broadlands 3rds 12

Fakenham hosted Broadland in this EC4 North fixture but were slightly short on players suffering from the clubs lack of fit front row players and the Broadlands skipper in the spirit of rugby offered his two spare props to make the scrumage the true contest which both sides wanted. The game kicked off and was a great contest from the start with neither side giving any quarter. Fakenham engineered an opening for Mark Allen playing his first game this season to score the try and Matt Bully converted to make the score 7-0. Steven Clay returning from injury was the next to score for the home side; unfortunately the kick was missed 12-0. The Broadlands scrum half then

Fakenham 2nds 55 Lakenham 7 – Eastern Counties 4 North

Fakenham seconds fielded a young guns side with 6 of the squad being only 17 years of age, 4 others 18 or 19 and three of the team were making their full adult debut. Lakenham, it must be said, have had a difficult season being a one team club playing in a league with all the bottom club sides in the EC4 North league. This meant they missed the majority of their games due to call offs and, as a result, they had not played together since January. This was always going to be an interesting game, the bigger, stronger, more mature Lakenham against the young fit and fast Fakenham seconds full of youth and potential but short on experience of this type of encounter. Fakenham forced the pace with some strong ball carrying from Matthew Cooper making his debut in the adult game and took a comfortable lead with tries from Tom Bane-Young (2), Jack Whitesides & George Loades and