Fakenham 7 - Dereham 64

Saturday was a game of sharply differing quarters in a game that was truly disappointing for Fakenham.
Problems began in the warm up with Fakenham hooker Richard Warren having to pull out injured so Nick Mathers stepped up literally at the last minute. The first quarter started well for Fakenham with the side very definitely on the front foot and making regular inroads into the Dereham defence but unable to break through and unfortunately the lack of a nominated kicker meant also that Fakenham were unable to capitalise on the numerous penalties that they forced and could so easily have been 12-0 up in the first quarter instead of remaining at 0-0.
In the second quarter Fakenham seemed a different team with a virtually non-existent defence allowing Dereham to run in a multitude of unanswered tries. Fakenham certainly paid the price for their lack of cohesion and determination finishing the first half with their heads well down.
The second half began well with Fakenham taking the game to Dereham once again and pushing up in defence but as happened in the first half they were unable to turn pressure into points until a good scramble defence created a turnover which Jack Whiteside pounced on to outsprint the defence from his own half and score under the posts for prop Chris Gossip to convert.
That was the end of Fakenham's positive play as a team and the final quarter was all Dereham who ran in several more tries to win comfortably 64-7.
Credit must be given to Dereham who on that form are already looking like promotion candidates.