Fakenham 29 - 25 Norwich Union - Eastern Counties 1 (north)

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Fakenham survive bruising encounter to maintain unbeaten record.

Fakenham came into this game expecting a tough encounter, Norwich Union being the only team to have put any significant points past them so far this season.  The two teams play opposing styles of rugby, Norwich Union predominantly using a strong, well drilled pack against Fakenham, a side looking to use the pace and ability of their back line.

Norwich Union were the first team to score.  Gathering the kick off and putting together a solid 10 minutes of phases using their bigger pack to run aggressively at Fakenham.  Fakenham's defense was good and held out for a long period but eventually the pressure told and Norwich Union went 1 score up, 0-7.

Fakenham regrouped and almost immediately struck back, using their own pack to drag in the Norwich Union defense and allowing space for Jordii Walker to run into a gap and through to the line and Lloyd Marshall converted 7-7.  The next score also went in Fakenham's favour very shortly after.  This time Fakenham moved the ball through short quick

offloads between the forwards to the left of the field setting the Norwich Union defense on the back foot and exposing space back to the right side for Murray Tindall to attack, using a strong hand off to help himself on the way to the line.  

Another Murray Tindal try from Fakenham, unfortunately not converted, along with a penalty kick to Norwich Union took the half time score to 19-10.

The second half had Norwich union coming back hard and again using their bigger stronger pack to batter the Fakenham defensive line.  Fakenham consistently gave away penalties, allowing Norwich Union to kick the ball to touch and employ their best attacking weapon, a driven maul.  Three second half tries for NU came from this tactic with Fakenham only able to respond with one try to Jodii Walker and a penalty kick for Lloyd Marshall.   The game ended after a seemingly endless10 minute period of Norwich Union being camped just outside the Fakenham try line but fortunately the defense held.  Fakenham will be proud of their defense but they will also need to resolve their high penalty count if they are to maintain their position at the top of the league.

At the final whistle the score was 29-25, the difference in the end being 3 conversions scored by Lloyd Marshall as opposed to just the 1 by the Norwich Union fly half, the end result being yet another bonus point win albeit by the narrowest of margins, with NU also gaining a bonus for the close result. Fakenham now have a weeks break before travelling to North Walsham 2 on the 25th November.