Wymondham 65 – Fakenham 5 – London Counties 3 EC

On Saturday Fakenham travelled to Wymondham’s new £6.2m ground for this London Counties 3 clash. Following last weeks narrow victory over Thurston, Fakenham who once again had a different front row and pack thanks to injuries, children, work and International matches, were under no illusions, this was likely to be a difficult game!
Just how difficult was evidenced right from the kick off when Fakenham knocked on and from the ensuing scrum were immediately under very severe pressure as Wymondham took advantage of the lack of the regular pack. Within two minutes Wymondham had scored, just to the right of the posts following a well-controlled driving maul set up after several foraging forward runs. A successful conversion by Wymondham’s No 10 saw a lead for the home side 7-0.
Eight minutes into the game after more play in the Fakenham half a penalty was awarded to Fakenham for offside at the breakdown. From the resulting lineout Fakenham moved the ball through the backs to the other side of the field and finishing with a try for Fakenham captain, Tom Bane-Young. The conversion was missed leaving the score at 7-5.
Sadly, this was a signal for Wymondham to up their game and four minutes later they scored their 2nd try, under the posts, leaving an easy conversion and a score of 14-5.
Fakenham continued to struggle in both set scrums and mauls and following some poor tackling in midfield, the Wymondham No 8 released the ball to the backs and a try in the corner, again converted by the Wymondham 10, 21-5. The pattern continued without interruption, another 3 minutes saw Wymondham’s 10 receive a pass in midfield, dummy and loop round to score under the posts and with an easy conversion take the score to 28-5
Thirty-three minutes into the game a Wymondham move developed on the left in the Fakenham 22, resulting in another try just to the right of the posts, and with several unmarked Wymondham backs on the outside it indicated just how much the Fakenham defence was being stretched. With another successful conversion the score line was 35-5 with 5 minutes of the 1st half still to go.
Not one to look a gift horse in the mouth, Wymondham took advantage of a penalty for

Fakenham 12 v Ely 28 – London 3EC

On a cold, bright, blustery day middle of the table Fakenham took on high flying Ely in a game that thoroughly entertained the large crowd for the afternoon.
Fakenham dominated the first 15 minutes with new flanker Josh Gee popping up everywhere. Some poor kicking out of defence and sharp counter attacks by Brett Stolworthy and Lyam Thorpe saw Ely pinned into their own half and after 14 phases and eight offloads resulted in a penalty which the home side unfortunately failed to convert.
Fakenham then gave away two penalties which let Ely have their first real foothold into the Fakenham half.
A lineout on the 22m line resulted in a training ground move that saw the Ely centre go untouched, under the posts, for a converted try.
Some aggressive counter rucking from Ely thwarted another two attacks by Fakenham and a breakaway from Lloyd Marshall, who looked certain to score, was pulled back by the referee for an earlier knock on.
Mid way through the first half Fakenham eventually troubled the scoreboard with

Thurston 29 Fakenham 32 - London Counties 3EC

Last weekend Fakenham travelled to Thurston knowing that they had to improve on the previous week’s performance if they were to get any positive result from their second game on the road in the current run of 4
Things started well for Fakenham when they received the opening kick-off, the resulting phases and an excellent run put Murray Tindall through the centre of the home sides defence to score under the posts with only 1 minute on the clock, Lloyd Marshall converted giving the visitors a 0-7 lead.
This early score stunned both the Thurston crowd and players but Fakenham were wrong to think the rest of the game would go all their way as Thurston lifted their game and drove Fakenham deep into their own 22 to score a try of their own but it was unconverted leaving the score 5-7.
The game flowed back and forth with each team having periods of control, but it was Fakenham who scored next with an unconverted try from Ashley Stewart to stretch the lead for the visitors 5-12.
Thurston raised their game once again and attacking forcefully scored an unconverted try to close the gap and make the visitor’s rethink their approach 10-12.
Soon after Fakenham were awarded a penalty and with the wind in a favourable

Crusaders 14 v Fakenham 10 – London 3 Eastern Counties

The last Saturday in September saw Fakenham travel to Crusaders for their London 3 fixture. The game was preceded by the first Crusaders lunch of the season, an excellent affair that was a lot more memorable than the game unfortunately.
Both sides seemed to have the same problem with unsettled sides for various reasons and it soon showed. Crusaders were dominant right from the kick off and looking dangerous in the loose although the first few minutes showed that lack of discipline and basic errors would play an important part in the game for both sides.
8 minutes into the game Crusaders gained from their early pressure on Fakenham and were awarded a relatively easy penalty to give them the lead, however the kick was errant and the score stayed level. A red card for Fakenham’s Jack Powell-Thorne for an apparent unsafe tackle should have given even more impetus to Crusaders but after a few more minutes of back and forth it was actually Fakenham who were given a penalty which they duly took, Tom Bane-Young making use of an in off the