It was the afternoon of Wed 13th March when Fakenham eagerly anticipated the arrival of Wymondham High for the semi-final clash in the County Bowl competition. Other than a strong wind, conditions were good for a game of rugby.
Fakenham started at a blistering pace with Arminas Dovainis successfully catching the kick off from Wymondham and running almost the full length of the pitch with the ball weaving in and out of defenders. A try quickly followed, but on this occasion was not converted.
A good contest between both teams ensued with hard hitting tackles and neat footwork on display to the many teachers, parents and pupils that had come out to show their support. Despite taking an early lead and scoring another try, Wymondham would not lie down and by half time had scored two tries of their own, one of which they had converted, taking a lead of 12-10 at the mid point in the game.
Fakenham came out positive after the break and played some lovely fast-paced rugby, which demonstrated their handling skills in windy conditions. Fortunately for Fakenham, Wymondham's discipline let them down in the second half and they gave away numerous penalties. Fakenham capitalised on these and scored another two tries; one of which came off a driving maul which captain Alex Lockhart placed down.
Fakenham's defence deserves a special mention as Wymondham drove many attacks at Fakenham's try line but could not break through, meaning Fakenham won the second half 14-0. The game was brought to a close with the final score being 24-12 to Fakenham, which now means they have progressed to the final of the competition in only this year group's first year of being in it. The final is due to take place on Wed 27th March at a neutral venue and it is hoped that many pupils, parents and staff will attend and support the boys in their bid to become the best state school in the County!
One more game to go boys!!