Holt regain rugby trophy

Holt 23, Fakenham 15Holt, in their last game of the season, regained the Banham Cup from Fakenham.Fakenham made the early running and with the breeze behind them camped in Holt's half and after five minutes took the lead with a penalty.

Holt 23, Fakenham 15

Holt, in their last game of the season, regained the Banham Cup from Fakenham.

Fakenham made the early running and with the breeze behind them camped in Holt's half and after five minutes took the lead with a penalty.

Holt equalised when Derbyshire kicked a penalty after 10 minutes. Four minutes later their opponents scored (unconverted) to lead 8-3. Jake Van Poortvliet, playing in his last game as Holt captain, scored an equalising try after 17 minutes.


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Holt saw two penalty chances go begging and a succession of five metre scrums achieved nothing.

Holt took the lead when Allen scored an unconverted try, and further scores extended the lead to 16-8. Wright stormed through to score (converted Allen) for a 23-8 lead.

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Holt allowed Fakenham to come back at them, and following untidy defensive work and the lead was narrowed with a converted try to 23-15.

With seven minutes left to play and reduced to 14 men, Holt maintained their lead against a side who belied their lowly league position.

Holt could look back on a season, which has been very mixed. They finished fourth in the league but quite a few points behind the top three, losing games which are best forgotten.

The highlight of the season was the winning of the Woodforde's Norfolk Junior Cup.

On the whole they are a young side with plenty of promise, and whilst they re-group over the close season, they must take on board the excellent coaching they have received this season from Ed Steed and show a lot more consistency to achieve the results of which they are capable.

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