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Fakenham find right rugby mix

PUBLISHED: 08:08 21 February 2008 | UPDATED: 10:15 07 July 2010

Fakenham II 51, Swaffham II 0

Fakenham entertained a high-flying Swaffham side and after previous close results looked to secure a home win. Green and Potter were able to field a strong side with the returning Warren, James, Tait and Curry adding strength to the pack.

Fakenham II 51, Swaffham II 0

Fakenham entertained a high-flying Swaffham side and after previous close results looked to secure a home win. Green and Potter were able to field a strong side with the returning Warren, James, Tait and Curry adding strength to the pack.

Swaffham started the brightest from the kick-off though could not penetrate the young backline who are maturing game by game. Good tackling by Bond and King and the ferocious James gave Swaffham no chances. Working the ball to the other end by great forward driving, Swaffham were penalised for hands in the ruck allowing young Bond to coolly take the three points. This settled the Fakenham side and a further move saw Swaffham commit the same error with Bond having a great kicking game, adding to his tally.

By this time the Fakenham side had reduced the Swaffham contingent to 14 and the difference the extra man made allowed Fakenham to camp in the visitors 22, with this period of pressure resulting in two tries by Sol Pheonix, converted by Bond.

The turnaround saw Fakenham grab the bull by the horns and a number of powerful runs by Curry provided the platform for tries by Bond, Nick and Muir, excelling in his role at No 8.

Potter, taking the reins for the injured Green, was impressed by the quality shown by the Fakenham young back line who, when Swaffham did counter-attack, tackled and turned over the ball on a number of occasions.

This win showed that adding the right mix of experience with the up and coming young players make Fakenham a match for any team on their day.

Potter and Green's man of the match went to Nathan Muir who harried and won ball from the Swaffham 15 all afternoon.

On Saturday the 2nd XV host a friendly encounter against Watton, while on Sunday the 3rd XV return to the field for a home game against Norfolk Police (2.15pm). Spectators welcome.

Fakenham Mini's visited Holt Rugby Club on Sunday. Wymondham were also guests for the morning. Matches were delayed while pitches softened.

Fakenham U7: The first two games were against Holt, and Fakenham gained in confidence. Holt's stronger team won. Fakenham then played Wymondham and drew 5-5. Team: Oliver, Luke P, Lucas, Luke S, Finlay, Aiden and Ethan.

Fakenham U8: Only five made it to Holt, who loaned two of their players. In a close match with Holt, with good support play from both sides, Aaron scored three tries, Leo one and Albert two. Final score: Holt 35, Fakenham 30.

Against Wymondham it was another tight match in which Fakenham kept trying and scored four tries. Final score: Fakenham 20, Wymondham 30. Team: Aaron (1), Dominic (1), James (1), Emily, Charlie, Leo and Albert (1).

Fakenham U9 played two games of touch rugby while the ground softened up. They then played Holt in a contact match, narrowly losing 20-15 and finished wih a match against Wymondham. Stars were Callum for his big hits in defence and Josh for organizing the team and picking up three tries in one game.

Up-coming fixtures: Wymondham, March 2 (home); March 9, Diss Festival (away); March 16, Lowestoft & Yarmouth (home).

Training is on Sunday mornings from 10.30am-12pm, boys and girls, ages six to 12 (school years 1-7) at Fakenham RUFC, Old Wells Road.

Fakenham U15/18 Girls (Fox Cubs) travelled to Swaffham on Sunday to join Holt and Wymondham to play a training match. All Fakenham girls put in solid performances, Emily Shinning at scrum half making some fantastic darting runs and hard tackles and Ashley's power running was rewarded with a try.

Training Wednesdays 6.45-8.30pm (girls aged 12-18).

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