Fakenham entertained Norwich Union in this Norfolk Merit Table 3 game. It was always going to be a tough game as Fakenham started the game one player short but things looked up for Fakenham when they took the lead with a well worked move down the right wing wide out near to touch which with the angle meant the try went unconverted. The game was played from end to end with Union having the stronger forwards and Fakenham the stronger backs but neither side creating clear cut chances, until Union crossed the line for a converted try (5-7). It is fair to say that Union had the better of the rest of the half making the extra player count leaving Fakenham chasing the overlaps. Union managed to score two more tries, the first one was converted leaving the score at half time at 5-19 in Unions favour.
Fakenham struck early in the second half with an intricate run pass
between three players leading to a under the posts, the attempted drop kick conversion was missed (10-19). Fakenham engineered another try less than 5 minutes later, the conversion attempt hit the bar and fell back into play (15-19). Fakenham had another chance to score when Union infringed at a ruck, the decision was to take the penalty kick to close the deficit to one point but the kick missed leaving the score at 10-19. Fakenham now believed that they could get back on terms but an infringement gave a penalty to Union who kicked deep in to touch. The following line out catch and drive put Fakenham under a lot of pressure and the dominant forwards forced the issue to cross the line for an unconverted try (15-24). Fakenham were happy to hear the final whistle as they were all exhausted because of having to cover for only having 14 players. Fakenham 2nds will be at home next week 16th Feb for another NMT3 game against Lowestoft and Yarmouth 3rds, kick off will be 2pm.