First Team v Gorleston
defeat in the snow
A cold winters evening and a colder start by the team, finding themselves 2 goals down in the first 5 minutes.The opening Gorleston goal after 2 minutes was as simple as you like, a break down the wing by No 11 Joel Watts, a cross into the box and a simple header by the unmarked No 9 Ross Gilfedder from 3 metres out. On 4 minutes Watts hit the back of the net from 15 metres out giving Rix in the Fakenham goal no chance. After this poor start, things settled down and Fakenham slowly edged their way back into the game with Ricky Claxton
continually finding lots of room down the right flank and causing his marker all sorts of problems. The passing lacked precision at times with over-ambitious balls continually being intercepted by a Gorleston player but in general the Fakenham pattern of play was putting Gorleston under a bit of pressure until a silly handball on the edge of the Fakenham box after 25 minutes saw Gilfedder absolutely smash a looping shot over a stationary Rix to make it 3-0. Fakenham responded almost immediately when a superb ball over the top of the Gorleston defence saw Kyle Plumb
one-on-one with the keeper but he couldn't take the chance on offer, a smart save by the keeper to a not very convincing shot. Again some poor defending saw Gilfedder complete his hat-trick after 32 minutes when his 18 metre shot beat Rix to his left, an uncomfortable goal to be conceded. Almost immediately an injured Danny Williams
was replaced by No 16 Ryan Fuller
. Fakenham reduced the lead in the 41st minute when No 10 Jack Richardson
scored a smart goal to give just a glimmer of hope to the team. That was dashed almost immediately when Jimmy Williams
conceded a penalty (earning a Yellow Card for the pleasure) and Joel Watts easily converted from the spot. So 5-1 to Gorleston at the break and a welcome break for the players.
With the snow falling from the start of the second half and throughout the rest of the game, the game was quite even with the low point a Plumb penalty miss and the high point a superb Ricky Claxton
goal after 60 minutes from 20 metres out on the right of the area which left the Gorleston keeper stranded. Gorleston had the final word with a 4th goal by Gilfedder, a 30 metre pile driver that streaked over a well beaten Rix. The last 15 minutes saw the ground becoming more and more slippery as the snow continued to fall and the spectators praying for the game to be abandoned. So it finished a comfortable 6-2 win for Gorleston but Fakenham must be rueing the misses throughout the match. Things will improve as the team become more familiar with each other and they continue to improve the basics. There are still a fair number of games remaining to make a climb up the table.