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Fakenham Town
Ipswich Wanderers
C Brain (5')
Full time
D Laws (9'), J Watling (66')
Sat 4 Aug 15:00 - Thurlow Nunn Eastern Counties League - First Division North

Losing start to the new season by the First's

Unlucky loss, draw a fairer result

An entertaining game between two teams relegated from the Premier Division last season and adjusting to life in the lower level. Nice to have an U7 match before the game between two U7's teams, supported by lots of parents, grandparents and friends and even nicer when the youngsters walked out of the tunnel with both teams. The match itself started fabulously for Fakenham when they took the lead through a good finish by Callum Brain from 10 metres out after 5 minutes and they certainly started the brighter, the pace of Reece Taylor and new signing Harry Exley on the right giving their markers a hard time. Perhaps against the run of play, Ipswich equalised after 9 minutes when a break down the left by Ipswich's Mason Ransome wasn't fully covered and he wriggled free of the defender to put a low cross into the box and Darius Laws was on hand at the far post to put it in the net 1-1. The score remained that way for the remainder of the half, Fakenham at the start beginning to look the more likely to score, Ipswich's Joe Berry earning the first Yellow of the game with a pretty cynical challenge on Akers but Ipswich slowly coming back more and more and always threatening to get a second. The second half saw Fakenham again start brightly but just couldn't put the finishing touches to some excellent breaks by Akers with Luke Priestly at Number 9 working really hard to close down defenders but not getting a particularly good service from midfield. The main danger was always coming from new boy Harry Exley who combined well with Brain and Daniel Hogston down the right to put in some really good balls into the Ipswich area. It was a major surprise when Ipswich took the lead after 65 minutes. A free kick on the right from 35 metres out was tantalisingly angled to the back stick and, just when you thought the Fakenham keeper Lloyd had it covered as he came to collect it, in came No 12 James Watling (only 3 minutes on the pitch) from nowhere and headed it firmly into the net. For the remainder of the game Fakenham pressed and pressed but the Ipswich defence stood firm with No 2 Nathan Speed outstanding in defence. A couple of chances went begging, perhaps a bit shot-shy from a couple of chances but the goal wouldn't come and it ended with a Ipswich Wanderers win that could so easily have been a draw in different times. It was a competitive but always fair game, 1 booking for each team although Callum Brain attracted more than his fair share of pushes and nudges which weren't punished by the referee (who incidently had a very good afternoon in the middle). So not the best of starts with Norwich CBS to come next at the Norfolk FA Football Development Centre in Norwich on Tuesday 7th August. #COYG

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Key moments

Goal Callum Brain scores for Fakenham Town
Goal Darius Laws scores for Ipswich Wanderers
Goal James Watling scores for Ipswich Wanderers


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86:00 Sub Off
Daniel Hogston is substituted off for Fakenham Town
86:00 Sub On
Alex Walpole is substituted on for Fakenham Town
74:00 Sub Off
Joe Berry is substituted off for Ipswich Wanderers
74:00 Sub On
Liam Crapnell is substituted on for Ipswich Wanderers
68:00 Sub Off
Reece Taylor is substituted off for Fakenham Town
68:00 Sub Off
Luke Priestly is substituted off for Fakenham Town
68:00 Sub On
Ben Darby is substituted on for Fakenham Town
68:00 Sub On
Ricky Claxton is substituted on for Fakenham Town
66:00 Goal 1 - 2
James Watling scores for Ipswich Wanderers
62:00 Sub Off
Jordan Godbold is substituted off for Ipswich Wanderers
62:00 Sub On
James Watling is substituted on for Ipswich Wanderers
54:00 Yellow Card
Matty Franks is yellow carded for Fakenham Town
End of period 1
23:00 Yellow Card
Joe Berry is yellow carded for Ipswich Wanderers
9:00 Goal 1 - 1
Darius Laws scores for Ipswich Wanderers
5:00 Goal 1 - 0
Callum Brain scores for Fakenham Town
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As it happened

  • Fakenham Town
  • Ipswich Wanderers
  • 0
  • Callum Brain Goal 5:00'
  • Darius Laws Goal 9:00'
  • Joe Berry Yellow Card 23:00'
  • Matty Franks Yellow Card 54:00'
  • Jordan Godbold Sub Off 62:00'
  • James Watling Sub On 62:00'
  • James Watling Goal 66:00'
  • Reece Taylor Sub Off 68:00'
  • Luke Priestly Sub Off 68:00'
  • Ben Darby Sub On 68:00'
  • Ricky Claxton Sub On 68:00'
  • Joe Berry Sub Off 74:00'
  • Liam Crapnell Sub On 74:00'
  • Daniel Hogston Sub Off 86:00'
  • Alex Walpole Sub On 86:00'

Team selection

Ipswich Wanderers
  • 1. Bailey Fairweather
  • 2. Nathan Speed
  • 3. Ollie Runsey
  • 4. Josh Folkes
  • 5. Sam Garwood
  • 6. Joe Berry
  • 7. Jordan Godbold
  • 8. Darius Laws
  • 9. Marcus Taylor
  • 10. Sam Cheetham
  • 11. Mason Ransome
  • 12. James Watling
  • 13. Stefan Mallett
  • 14. Liam Crapnell
  • 15. Mark Goldfinch
  • 16. Jamie Curran

League round up

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. Harleston Town 27 62
2. Mulbarton Wanderers 27 58
3. Swaffham Town 24 54
4. March Town United 25 49
5. Norwich CBS 26 47
6. Fakenham Town 26 47
7. Lakenheath 25 46

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