Fakenham 66 Thurston 26. - London Counties 3EC

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The weekend saw Fakenham further secure their mid table position in this very competitive London 3 Eastern Counties league.After Jordan Walker’s first victory as the new Fakenham captain in his opening game last week. hopes were running high for a repeat

After ten minutes play Thurston seemed slightly the stronger side, but Fakenham’s Tom Bane-Young placed a speculative kick into the away teams 22. The ball was allowed to bobble and roll with indecision from the Thurston defence, however Murray Tindal pounced on the ball to score, converted by Lloyd Marshal.
Thurston regrouped and drew level five minutes later with a well-rehearsed rolling maul, but not to be outdone, Fakenham once again took the lead shortly after with a good move from a pressured scrum 40 meters out. Fakenham’s scrum half, Luke Taylor, just managed to get the ball out and passed it to Jordan Walker who hit the line at and he scored a remarkable, individual try under the posts, converted by Lloyd Marshal.
Just to keep up the pattern of the game, Thurston once again drew level after some good work from their centres and, it must be said, some less than impressive tackling by the home side.
The game was now staring to open up with some powerful play from Joe Bane-young, Jack Powel-Thorne and

Fakenham 24-19 Wisbech – London Counties 3EC

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After the earlier season meeting with a depleted Fakenham side, the home side were expecting as difficult a game as last time these two sides met, when Wisbech ran out easy winners. Fakenham were hoping that with a much more full strength side, this London 3EC league match would be closer.
The game was very competitive right from the whistle with both sides determined to dominate the game and Wisbech immediately took the upper hand, showing strength and determination in their loose play. Fakenham however dominated the set scrummage and this would be the pattern for most of the game. Wisbech were the first to make a concerted attack and were rewarded with a converted try 0-7. The home side responded a minute later, forcing the visitors back into their own 22 metre area with Damon Howick scoring under the , converted by Lloyd Marshall 7-7. The game had developed into a fierce battle with both sides forcing the pace with defences working hard to break down any attacking movements. Fakenham were steadily pushed back with Wisbech using their back row and other forwards to push into the Fakenham half, the home side unfortunately conceded a penalty allowing the visitors to kick for touch. The resulting 5 metre lineout was a well worked catch and drive and Fakenham just could not stop the Wisbech play and conceded the , also converted 7-14.
Fakenham tried hard to get level again but were

Thetford 36-38 Fakenham - London Counties 3EC

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Fakenham edged this tense London EC3 league game between these two mid-table clubs on a dry breezy afternoon at Thetford Rugby club. In footballing terms, a true game of two halves, both sides well matched but the first half saw Thetford making the most of the chances and Fakenham allowing too many errors in their play, spoiling the flow of their attacks.
Thetford raced into a 10-point lead with a converted try and added a penalty kick on their very next attack 10-0.
Fakenham responded with an unconverted try through Ashley Stewart wide on the right 10-5, but Thetford regained the ball from the kick off and attacked deep into the Fakenham half scoring a try under the post which was converted 17-5.
The visitors rallied and after what seemed like ten phases of play a sharp move by the backs saw Jack Whiteside pick up a pass off his toes to dive over and score Fakenham’s second try, converted by Tom Bane-Young 17-10.
Thetford had not finished though and again challenged for the kick off, winning

Fakenham 18 – Crusaders 22 - London Counties 3 EC Division

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Saturday was a very disappointing result for a team wanting to consolidate their mid-table position in their first season in the London 3 Eastern Counties Division. This young side needs to stand back and reflect on how to make this complicated game easier. Amazingly there are times when you should take the simple option. When you have the wind at your back you should use the boot to make ground and not to try and run from the deep, risking turnovers and pressure. You will not score tries every time you get possession. Occasionally you should work for field position and put the onus on the opposition to work out of their own defence. A combination of all of these measures and also to stop giving easy penalties away could make a big difference to the game!
The match started at a hectic pace with huge commitment from both sides. Crusaders were happy for Fakenham to keep the ball alive and in hand as their much more direct approach was regularly getting the upper hand. The away sides larger forwards were causing problems for the Fakenham’s defence, resulting in an early converted try. 0 -7 to Crusaders. Fakenham struck back after a well taken line out on the 5-meter line by Adam Lingwood. This was mauled and the impressive Howard Kellock, ably supported by Jack Powell-Thorne, peeled

West Norfolk 48 Fakenham 17 – London Counties 3EC

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After finishing off the old year with an away win against Woodbridge and also beating league leaders, Holt, the four-week layoff seemed to have a really adverse effect on the Fakenham team, todays performance was disjointed and lacked accuracy, far too many times the ball was coughed up and first up tackles were brushed aside. From the outset West Norfolk played well with their large forwards more than making the gain line , in turn giving good ball to their very sharp half back pairing.
Early pressure from West Norfolk saw them held up twice over the Fakenham goal line with some good work by Joe Bane-Young and Lyam Thorpe in defence. When the try did come from West No8 Jamie Williamson, it also came with a yellow card for Fakenham. This knocked the confidence of the away side and saw West Norfolk score again, almost from the restart after some very poor defensive work. At 14 points down and 14 men on the field with only 12 minutes played, things were looking bad. Fakenham hung on though and produced a try of their own some 10 minutes later. Slick passing by Damon Howick saw Brett Stolworthy elusively cross over for a converted try making the score 14 points to 7. Expectations that this was the catalyst for a more cohesive looking Fakenham unfortunately

Woodbridgebridge 17 Fakenham 27 - London Counties 3EC

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A brisk wind and the threat of rain showers awaited Fakenham as they travelled to Woodford for this London Counties 3EC game and the good crowd in attendance were duly treated to a good workman like performance from both sides.
Fakenham were the first to trouble the scoreboard, with the wind behind them in the first half, they were awarded a penalty in the 8th minute just to the right of the posts which Lloyd Marshall ably slotted between the posts to take the lead, 0-3.
A mere three minutes later they increased their lead to 0-10 with a try from a line out at which Joe Bane-Young popped a pass to Ashleigh Stewart who ran over the line completely unopposed, Marshall duly converted.
Play for the next 10 minutes was largely uneventful with both sides having problems with the windy conditions and Fakenham in particular having some difficulties with the referee and the penalty count. In the 23rd minute Woodbridge were awarded another penalty for offside and the Fakenham captain was duly warned about any more repeat infringements. Woodbridge took advantage of the situation working