Fakenham seconds travelled to Wymondham with 13 players to play their penultimate EC4 north league game. The squad was young with one player, Ashley Stewart, making his adult debut and joining five other under 17's now playing senior rugby. The weather was fine and dry but was windy and this was highly likely to cause problems with any sort of kicks, and so it proved throughout the match. Fakenham opened the scoring when after 3 minutes Rory Singleton broke from the back of a maul 15 metres out to score close to the posts. Lloyd Marshall lined up the conversion but the cross wind made it drift off course. Wymondham organised and launched attacks and engineered a try but the kick was again taken by the wind but the
Braving the strong winds on Saturday Fakenham 1st XV visited bottom of the table Watton for the return EC2 League fixture. From the outset, with the wind behind Fakenham, it was clear that the game would probably be played mainly in the Watton half of the pitch with the first Fakenham score coming after only 4 minutes from a Lloyd Marshall penalty kick. Fakenham kept up the pressure pinning Watton down well within their half for the next 10 minutes with some promising back moves unfortunately ending in nothing when the wind just took the ball away from the waiting hands, however Steven Pask forced his way over the line to score Fakenham's first try
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