Sweet revenge as Fakenham’s 2nds clinch the title in great style
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Fakenham hosted a top-of-the-table Division 2N clash in front of a large crowd swelled by the pre-match lunch thanks to new sponsor Peniston.
Fakenham uncharacteristically dropped passes and had a kick charged down in their own 22-metre area. Chances were difficult but the Fakenham mood lifted when George Ready scored a try for 5-0.
Diss responded but the Fakenham defence held firm so when the home side infringed at the breakdown, Diss decided to take the penalty to make it 5-3.
The most controversial point of the game occurred when Fakenham were attacking in the Diss 22m area and after a ruck the ball was moved to Joe Bane-Young who drew the defender and released the pass. A Diss defender knocked the ball down and very forward to the ground. It popped up nicely from the bounce and he picked it up and made the 75 metre run to score. The conversion was good. The referee had been unsighted.
At half time the score was 5-10 and the break gave coach Mike Curry the chance speak to the players and to settle nerves. A win was the result Fakenham were after to avenge their only league defeat of the season when they were beaten by three points in a game abandoned early when the ref was injured.
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Fakenham took the game to Diss and after five or six phases Ashley Stewart passed to prop Richard Warren who dived for the line. Lloyd Marshall added the extra points with a superb kick to make it 12-10.
Fakenham's joint man of the match Josh Sperring then scored and Marshall added the extra points for 19-10.
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Alan Young, Fakenham's Director of Rugby said: 'Fakenham have all performed well all season and have helped the club win the league title in such style, a nine-point margin in the table and an amazing 282 points difference to second place Diss and I would like to thank all the player for making this such a successful season.'
The season has not finished for either of Fakenham's teams with the second team having two more league games to play, the first on April 2, at home to Broadland-Great Yarmouth 2nds, kick off at 3pm.
The firsts have the semi-final of Norfolk Plate to prepare for and two local cup games against Holt and Thetford to finish off the season.