Fakenham 2's hosted this EC4 north game against Norwich 3's who were struggling for numbers but help was at hand in the shape of Lakenham rugby club who had some spare players to make up their team. The game was played in a gale force wind blowing straight down the pitch and this had a big effect on the game as playing against the wind meant kicks would not travel far. Fakenham had the wind at their back for the first half and made good use mainly with ball in hand and scored tries through Jamie Walker, Craig White, Mark Allen, George Loads and two tries from a Lakenham player on the Fakenham side, three conversions
Fakenham took a squad of 25 to play a mixed side from Holt, being the first game post new year to blow the cobwebs out of the system before the league programme starts next week. The game was competitive, as this local derby always is, with both side committed to the game right from the kick off. Both clubs had players from different levels in this game to give as many people a game as possible in this one matc resulting in a game that was an end to end affair, producing only one try in the first half due primarily to some excellent defending by both teams but the score was engineered by Holt to give them a 5-0 lead going into the break.
The Second half saw changes from both sides and the
On Saturday Fakenham second team were playing their second League game in a row which was a positive as it has been difficult to get a second team out most of the season so far. The game started with Fakenham on the attack but no score was forthcoming, Wymondham came back into the game with attacks of their own but no score from either side. The deadlock was broken when Fakenham stand-off Lloyd Marshall chipped the ball over the rushing defence and Michael Toher raced through to dive on the ball under pressure from recovering defenders and the kick was also converted (7-0). Wymondham responded to the score by launching a concerted attack which ended by them scoring a converted try to equal the score and this is how the game stayed until half time.
The second half, although territory and possession were roughly equal, Fakenham made the
Fakenham seconds travelled to Swaffham to play only their second game of the season and gave a good account of themselves but lost 46-19. Fakenham's scored three tries and two conversions, the tries from Jack Moore and George Loads with the third from debutant in adult rugby Ben Butterfield. The two conversions were made by Dave Savage and he was only denied the third conversion by the crossbar. Unfortunately Fakenham did not have a full side due to some players not turning out. We all play for the club and that means both sides need to be viable for the club to progress and develop. Fakenham
Fakenham took a mixed team squad over to play Holt third team to give some of their players who have been missing out on games a run out. Holt, as always, proved to be worthy adversaries and kept Fakenham on their toes throughout the game. Fakenham had the edge in turning pressure into points but did not have the game all their own way and were forced to play hard for all their scores. Holt had some good players but lost two of them to blood injuries and although they had replacements it did seriously affect their style of play and Fakenham took advantage of this. In the first half Fakenham managed to score two tries from George Ready and Steven Clay, and Lloyd Marshall converted both.
The second half saw a bigger tally of tries due to the aforementioned changes in personnel in the Holt side and
A last minute defeat for the 2nd's
With no League action for the First Team at the weekend, Fakenham 2nd played Thetford 2nd in a very close, friendly Woodfordes Merit Table 3 encounter where 14 of the games 17 points where scored in the last five minutes.
Thetford had the better of the initial opening and scored a penalty early on in the first half with their scrum looking functional and their backs fairly lively. Although Fakenham had the majority of possession most of it was unfortunately in their own half and they struggled to break through some impressive defensive work by Thetford into the oppositions territory leaving the game finely balanced, at 3 nil, in the visitors favour at half time.
After the restart the home side again had most of the possession