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Fakenham Town
Godmanchester Rovers
J Richardson (89'), J Williams (72' Sent Off)
Full time
B Yeomans (5', 53', 58'), J Chandler (33'), C Bowen (38')
Thu 26 Apr 20:00 - Thurlow Nunn Eastern Counties - Premier Division

Fakenham Town v Godmanchester 26 April 2018

Well beaten, some tired bodies out there

After Tuesday's defeat at home against Felixstowe & Walton United (and again let's applaud how generous they and their supporters were in the collection they made to help Kegan Charlesworth after his horrendous injury - he was truly overwhelmed on their generosity), manager Andy Cunningham made a few changes as the team approached its third game in six days. Harry Atkins and Matty Franks were unavailible so Danny Williams came in at full back, Jimmy Williams shuffled across in Frank's slot with Ben Champion and Lewis Sturman in from the bench, and Kyle Plumb given a break from starting. Things almost started with a bang when Reece Taylor, receiving the ball inside the Godmanchester half, broke inside his marker and, from 20 metres out, shot across the goal only to hit the post, not the back of the net. This seemed to stir Godmanchester who soon showed their intent when Danny Williams conceded a corner and, from that, Godmanchester's Ben Yeomans scored with a powerful header. So 5 minutes gone, one goal down and things not looking too good as Godmanchester proved to be a yard quicker all over the pitch, continually passed their way through the Fakenham midfield or pinged the ball deep past the full backs to give their quick wingers the time and opportunity to get behind the defence. Danny Williams, not a full back by trade, was having all sorts of problems with No 7 Tom Spark who was leading him a merry dance so no surprise when Williams was shown a Yellow Card after 24 minutes for an attempted challenge on Spark (if he had made contact the card may well have been a different colour!). Godmanchester scored their second after 33 minutes when a corner to the far post dropped invitingly to Jack Chandler and, unmarked, he had a simple tap-in. Five minutes later it was yet again a corner which undid Fakenham when the ball wasn't cleared properly at all and Godmanchester's No 5 Charlie Bowen showed good technique to smash the ball waist high into the net from the edge of the penalty area. Just as the half was coming to an end, Ricky Claxton had a speculative effort from 35 metres out which hit the bar. Half-time changes saw Claxton and Danny Williams replaced by Kyle Plumb and Lawrie Blythe. In William's case perhaps a good thing as he was just chasing at straws defending against winger Spark without a great deal of help from anyone tracking back to help out and was always likely to concede a second Yellow as the match wore on. Yet again for goal number 4, a corner saw Yeomans say 'thank you' for some poor marking as he scored his second and 5 minutes later he completed his hat-trick. I think the Fakenham defence were glad to see the back of him when he was subbed off in the 63rd minute. Fakenham did have a few good moments in attack but Jimmy Williams earned himself a Yellow Card for 'simulation' in the penalty area though I'm sure that if that had been Christiano Ronaldo it would have been a penalty, not a card!! Unfortunately things didn't get any easier, for Fakenham or for Jimmy, when he received his second Yellow Card for a mistimed tackle and was sent off. By this stage there were some tired Fakenham bodies out there so a few substitutions made by both teams and finally one of the subs, Jack Richardson, got Fakenham on the score sheet when Kyle Plumb beat the offside trap (quite funny to see all the defenders hands go up and shouting 'offside' when Plumb was at least 2 metres onside), made ground and tried a shot from a narrow angle 8 metres out, which somehow found its way to an unmarked Richardson on the far side of the goal who had a simple tap-in to an empty goal. The match ended 5-1 to Godmanchester and, sometimes you just have to admit you were beaten by a superior side, and get yourselves ready for the next game, which is always the one that will kick start the revival. #COYG

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Key moments

5:00
Goal Ben Yeomans scores for Godmanchester Rovers
33:00
Goal Jack Chandler scores for Godmanchester Rovers
38:00
Goal Charlie Bowen scores for Godmanchester Rovers
53:00
Goal Ben Yeomans scores for Godmanchester Rovers
58:00
Goal Ben Yeomans scores for Godmanchester Rovers
72:00
Red Card Jimmy Williams is sent off for Fakenham Town
89:00
Goal Jack Richardson scores for Fakenham Town

Highlights

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89:00 Goal 1 - 5
Jack Richardson scores for Fakenham Town
72:00 Red Card 0 - 5
Jimmy Williams is sent off for Fakenham Town
72:00 Yellow Card
Jimmy Williams is yellow carded for Fakenham Town
69:00 Sub On
Elkanah Sibanda is substituted on for Godmanchester Rovers
69:00 Sub Off
Ross Munroe is substituted off for Godmanchester Rovers
65:00 Sub Off
Ben Champion is substituted off for Fakenham Town
65:00 Sub On
Jack Richardson is substituted on for Fakenham Town
65:00 Yellow Card
Jimmy Williams is yellow carded for Fakenham Town
63:00 Sub Off
Ben Yeomans is substituted off for Godmanchester Rovers
63:00 Sub On
Matt Allan is substituted on for Godmanchester Rovers
58:00 Goal 0 - 5
Ben Yeomans scores for Godmanchester Rovers
53:00 Goal 0 - 4
Ben Yeomans scores for Godmanchester Rovers
45:00 Sub Off
Ricky Claxton is substituted off for Fakenham Town
45:00 Sub Off
Danny Williams is substituted off for Fakenham Town
45:00 Sub On
Lawrence Blythe is substituted on for Fakenham Town
45:00 Sub On
Kyle Plumb is substituted on for Fakenham Town
End of period 1
38:00 Goal 0 - 3
Charlie Bowen scores for Godmanchester Rovers
33:00 Goal 0 - 2
Jack Chandler scores for Godmanchester Rovers
24:00 Yellow Card
Danny Williams is yellow carded for Fakenham Town
5:00 Goal 0 - 1
Ben Yeomans scores for Godmanchester Rovers
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Fakenham Town
  • Godmanchester Rovers
  • 0
  • Ben Yeomans Goal 5:00'
  • Danny Williams Yellow Card 24:00'
  • Jack Chandler Goal 33:00'
  • Charlie Bowen Goal 38:00'
  • Ricky Claxton Sub Off 45:00'
  • Kyle Plumb Sub On 45:00'
  • Danny Williams Sub Off 45:00'
  • Lawrence Blythe Sub On 45:00'
  • Ben Yeomans Goal 53:00'
  • Ben Yeomans Goal 58:00'
  • Ben Yeomans Sub Off 63:00'
  • Matt Allan Sub On 63:00'
  • Ben Champion Sub Off 65:00'
  • Jack Richardson Sub On 65:00'
  • Jimmy Williams Yellow Card 65:00'
  • Ross Munroe Sub Off 69:00'
  • Elkanah Sibanda Sub On 69:00'
  • Jimmy Williams Yellow Card 72:00'
  • Jimmy Williams Red Card 72:00'
  • Jack Richardson Goal 89:00'

Team selection

Fakenham Town
Godmanchester Rovers
  • 1. Phil Peachley
  • 2. Reece King
  • 3. Joe Furness
  • 4. Ross Munroe
  • 5. Charlie Bowen
  • 6. Tom Moren
  • 7. Tom Spark
  • 8. Mike Hyem
  • 9. Ben Yeomans
  • 10. Simon Unwin
  • 11. Jack Chandler
  • 12. Elkanah Sibanda
  • 13. Jes Glyne
  • 14. Matt Allan

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# Team Pl Pts
18. FC Clacton 46 51
19. Haverhill Rovers 46 49
20. Haverhill Borough 46 40
21. Hadleigh United 46 34
22. Fakenham Town 44 25
23. Ipswich Wanderers 45 21
24. Wivenhoe Town 45 17

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