Wymondham 3’s 22-27 Fakenham 2’s – Eastern Counties Merit Table 3N

Fakenham’s second team travelled to Wymondham thirds for this EC3N Merit Table game in severely windy conditions knowing not only would they be battling against their hosts but also the weather. The wind which was roughly blowing straight down the pitch was so strong that the goal posts were bending under the pressure.

With the wind at their backs the Fakenham side applied some early pressure but the wind made handling difficult for both sides, regularly resulting in either a knock on or dropped passes. The hosts were the first to put points on the board when a move down the left-hand side of the pitch saw them score a try. The conversion stood absolutely no chance as it was straight into the wind 5-0. Fakenham then rallied and pushed into the Wymondham half, from a penalty move the ball was moved to Josh Gee and he out-paced the defence to score on the left wing, the conversion was attempted by Matt Hardman but it missed the target 5-5. Josh added another try when a good passing move saw him take a wide arc outside the defence to score his second; Matt was on target with his downwind conversion to take the score to 5-12. Fakenham were now pushing their wind advantage as they drove forwards and managed to get Josh free once again to score an unconverted try 5-17. Wymondham were not down however and fought back to score an unconverted try themselves taking

Fakenham 2nd’s 42 – Holt 3rd’s 19 - Norfolk Cup

Following Fakenham’s 2nd’s being excluded from Eastern Counties League 3N (along with Wymondham 3rd’s, North Walsham 3rd’s and Broadland Gt Yarmouth 2nd’s, all for apparently not fulfilling sufficient fixtures), Fakenham had something to prove in this Norfolk Cup game against long-time rival Holt 3.
The game started with real pace right from the whistle and soon saw Fakenham’s Damon Howick make a clean break. He dummied past two defenders and crashed over to score with three players hanging on his back, unfortunately the try was not converted.
Fakenham continued to show good ball movement especially from Josh Sperring and Rory Singleton which kept the pressure on the Holt side with play well in their half. Twice Fakenham crossed the line, only to be pulled back for earlier infringements.
With the exception of one fantastic break by the Holt No 8, the visitors took twenty minutes to worry the Fakenham half of the pitch. Strong tackling repulsed the Holt attacks on the occasions they got into

Fakenham 2nd 66 – Thetford 2nd 0 Eastern Counties 3North

With the first team game at Swaffham called off as a result of frost (like the previous weeks game against Norwich Medics) it was with some relief that The Fakenham 2nd team game went ahead, the seconds having not had a game for a while as a result of oppositions crying off.
Thetford 2nd having had a number of high scoring wins earlier in the season were expected to put up some stern opposition for Fakenham but almost from the kick-off this was not to be the case. Try hard as they could, Thetford always looked to be on the back foot and the difference in the sides was extremely noticeable with Fakenham back to

Fakenham 2 v Dereham 1 - Eastern Counties 3 (North)

Fakenham 2nd XV lost 19 - 50 to a strong Dereham 1st XV.  The strong wind made the handling difficult for both sides.  Unfortunately Fakenham were unable to handle the strength of Dereham’s runners and too often they found themselves missing tackles and allowing Dereham to run at their line.  Despite this they remained competitive throughout the fixture and scored three well worked tries of their own, these coming from Adam Steele (2) and Sean Whitesides.  Fakenham 2’s move on to play Norwich 3’s away next weekend with a 3:00pm start.

Lowestoft & Yarmouth Second 0- Fakenham seconds 103

Fakenham seconds travelled to Lowestoft with a strong side buoyed by a win against Broadland seconds and this was the last league game of the season. Fakenham backs were elusive and pacey causing Lowestoft players to miss their tackles allowing Fakenham to score at will. Two Fakenham players scored hat-tricks of tries Harry Richardson and Rory Singleton, two others scored a brace each Adam Lingwood and Dec Sperring. Other tries from Murray Tindal, coach /player Mike Curry, Michael

Fakenham 2nd 38 Broadland Gt Yarmouth 2nd 8 – Eastern Counties 3N

Fakenham seconds hosted this EC3 North league fixture against Broadland Gt Yarmouth seconds on Saturday, their penultimate league game of the season. The game revolved around the battle between the slight dominance of the Broadland’s forwards and Fakenham pacey backs, in the end what the difference was the Fakenham backs play won the day. Fakenham were to strike first through Josh Gee returning from an enforced absence when he out-paced his opposite number to score the try and Mark “Scuff” Allen kicked the conversion 7-0. Broadlands had most of the position for the next 5 minutes but when Fakenham regained possession centre Luke Taylor made the most of his opportunity and scored wide on the left wing, the try was unconverted 12-0. Broadlands attacked strongly from the kick off and enjoyed possession and territory and