Fakenham 32 v Woodford 19 - 2019.10.05 London Counties 3 North EC

After last week’s narrow loss, Fakenham were back to their winning ways, but it was difficult.
From the outset, Woodbridge made the better start, from a Fakenham knock on and conceded scrum, the visitors dominated and drove hard for Fakenham’s line. Fakenham were in complete disarray and after 4/5 phases Woodbridge scored a well-deserved converted try taking the lead, 0-7.
Woodbridge pressed again from the restart, but Fakenham’s scramble defence became organised repelling the attack and putting together some phases themselves.
It took about 10 minutes for the home side to give the crowd something to cheer, pushing deep into Woodbridge territory and launching a series of probing attacks Howard Kellock scored a try for Fakenham, Lloyd Marshall added the conversion to level the scores at 7-7. .
A hard passage of play ensued with both teams launching regular attacks only to be turned over or knock the ball on. During one of Fakenham’s attacks, Woodbridge infringed at a ruck and Marshall kicked the penalty, increasing the lead to 10-7.
Fakenham finally took control of the game, engineering an overlap to get Josh Gee away wide on the right wing, his pace taking him past the broken defence to score an unconverted try, 15-7. After a few further plays, the whistle went for half time.
The second half started in a similar vein to the first with Woodbridge taking the game to the hosts and

Thurston v Fakenham 2019.09.28 London Counties 3North EC

Following 2 home wins, Fakenham’s first away game of the season took them to Thurston for their third London 3EC match.
Blustery conditions and late call offs made it a difficult day for Fakenham.
The first twenty-five minutes provided chances for both sides, but both found that the mix of conditions and staunch defence made attacking difficult.
It was Thurston who finally broke the stalemate.
A quickly taken Thurston penalty with a well-judged cross-field kick, chased by George Cawston, saw Thurston over for the score.
The conversion went wide, 5-0 after 25 minutes.
Fakenham made territory towards the opposition 22, gaining a penalty when the home side were offside. Tom Bane-Young missed the

Fakenham 27 v Thetford 22 – London Counties 3EC

On Saturday, Fakenham’s first XV hosted Thetford at the Stringer Ground for this London Counties 3EC clash. 

For the first fifteen minutes, Thetford looked dangerous putting in several good attacks, but Fakenham’s defence held firm, the only concession being a penalty, which went wide of the posts.  

Fakenham’s first opportunity came when a penalty gave them a lineout inside the Thetford 22.  Howard Kellock took the ball cleanly, but Thetford’s forwards were able to turn it over and pass back for the clearance, but Joe Bane-Young read the play well and quickly charged the ball down, resulting in a 5m scrum. 

Fakenham then played through several phases with good pressure from both Howard Kellock and Jordii Walker, but it was Rob Ward who was ultimately able to power through for the score. Tom Bane-Young kicked the conversion, taking the score to 7 - 0 after 25 minutes. 

Fakenham had finally found their stride now and after the restart a break by Howard Kellock supported by Luke Taylor made them some good ground.  Tom Bane-Young kicked the ball long resulting in a lineout on Thetford’s twenty-two metre line.  

Thetford fumbled their lineout and Fakenham seized on the error, passing quick ball out to the right. Rob Ward, again, put in some good work and offloaded to Matthew King whose strength and finishing ability allowed him to shrug off two players and score in the corner.  The kick was tricky and made much harder by the strong gusty wind and Fakenham were unable to add the extra two. 

Thetford’s chance came after the next restart, when a penalty, taken quickly by Fakenham, was knocked on, giving Thetford a scrum.  

They used it for a rapid attack, making ground with fast runners and ball to spin it out wide.  Fakenham put in a valiant

Fakenham 24 - Wisbech 12 - London 3EC

A sunny September afternoon made it a nice warm start to the season for Fakenham, who welcomed Wisbech to the newly named Stringer Ground for this the first London 3 EC game of the new season. Keen to get off to a good start and continue the momentum from last season, Fakenham were quick to score, with winger Charlie Harding speeding down the wing for a try just six minutes after kick off.  Unfortunately, Tom Bane-Young was unsuccessful with the conversion. 

Despite some good attacking phases from Fakenham, Wisbech were quick to answer, a lost Fakenham lineout on the halfway mark gained them good territory up to the Fakenham 22. Fakenham’s defence held out for several phases but Wisbech were strong in attack and it was ultimately their captain, David Wadsley, who went over for the try.  The conversion was good, taking the score to 5 - 7 after fifteen minutes. 

A penalty to Wisbech shortly after the restart gave them the opportunity to attack again.  Fast-paced play and some excellent breaks looked likely to result in a score, but a try-saving tackle from Damon Howick denied them the chance.  The challenge resulted in a yellow card for Howick, but the Fakenham defence was able to hold out despite being a man down. A lineout steal by flanker James Howell gave Fakenham the chance to clear their lines, but the kick didn’t reach touch and with three men out wide, the Wisbech runners were able to finally make it over for their second try of the match. 

Despite promising attacking periods for both sides, the rest of the first half passed without further score and the teams went in 5 - 12. 

As the second half got underway, Fakenham again put quick points on