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Fakenham Town
March Town United
A Matthews (17', 56'), C Charlesworth (23')
Full time
J Friend (39'), A Rotherey (92' Sent Off)
Sat 22 Dec 15:00 - Thurlow Nunn Eastern Counties League - First Division North

3-1 win over March Town United sees the team move up to 4th in the table

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An Alby Matthews brace and a goal to the returning Connor Charlesworth crowns a dominant display against one of our close rivals.

An excellent team performance that more than made up for the 2-0 reverse against March in the 1st Division KO Cup back in early October. A last minute change was forced when Matty Franks failed a late fitness test and was replaced by Dan Hogston in the starting line-up and Stephen Harvey came onto the substitutes bench. An enterprising start by both teams looking to put defences under pressure and it was Fakenham that made the brighter start with the first real chance falling to Alby Matthews on 15 minutes when the March keeper Simon Palton just managed to stick a leg out when faced with a one-on-one with Matthews to concede a corner. Two minutes later Matthews did open the scoring when he was put through, shot from 15 metres out and saw Palton push the shot onto the post, the ball rebounded back into Matthew's path and he made no mistake with his shot. So nearly a second to Matthews just a couple of minutes later, another one-on-one with the keeper but he couldn't convert the chance. With the pace and movement of the Fakenham forward players causing all sorts of problems for the March defence, it was a beautifully worked move on 39 minutes that saw Matthews move into space, beat a defender and put a simple cross past the keeper for an unmarked Charlesworth to have a simple tap-in for a 2 goal lead. March responded with some incisive attacks, mainly the aerial route where they had some success in winning the ball and moving it down the flanks to put in a number of dangerous crosses, at times only some last minute defending clearing the danger. On 39 minutes, March dragged themselves back into the game when No 10 Jack Friend received the ball on the edge of the area and his crisp turn and volley beat Coombe for a really nice finish. A 2-1 half-time was more than deserved and Fakenham continued in the same attacking vein in the second half with Matthews, Exley, Curtis and Charlesworth all combining to keep the pressure on the March defence and midfield who were starting to creak a bit under the long ball chipped down the flanks for a Fakenham player to run onto. After 56 minutes, Matthews increased the lead with a good goal, benefiting from the wotk of Exley and Charlesworth who played him in on goal. A 3-1 lead was always going to be comfortable and March began to become a bit physical in their play with Gilles and Rawson going in the book for some poor tackles. Fakenham played the ball around for the last 5 minutes to keep March under pressure and the crown cheered loudly at the final whistle and 3 more points that sees them move up to 4th.

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Key moments

17:00
Goal Alby Matthews scores for Fakenham Town
23:00
Goal Connor Charlesworth scores for Fakenham Town
39:00
Goal Jack Friend scores for March Town United
56:00
Goal Alby Matthews scores for Fakenham Town
90:00 +2:00
Red Card Adam Rotherey is sent off for March Town United

Highlights

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90:00 +2:00 Red Card 3 - 1
Adam Rotherey is sent off for March Town United
90:00 Yellow Card
Ryan Curtis is yellow carded for Fakenham Town
84:00 Sub On
Jack Miller is substituted on for March Town United
84:00 Sub Off
Drew Barker is substituted off for March Town United
84:00 Yellow Card
Jack Rawson is yellow carded for March Town United
75:00 Sub On
Stephen Harvey is substituted on for Fakenham Town
75:00 Sub Off
Daniel Hogston is substituted off for Fakenham Town
67:00 Sub On
Dale Parnell is substituted on for March Town United
67:00 Sub Off
Dylan Kilford is substituted off for March Town United
61:00 Sub Off
Augustus Matthews is substituted off for Fakenham Town
61:00 Sub On
Shane Akers is substituted on for Fakenham Town
56:00 Goal 3 - 1
Alby Matthews scores for Fakenham Town
47:00 Yellow Card
Craig Gilles is yellow carded for March Town United
46:00 Sub Off
Harry Atkins is substituted off for Fakenham Town
46:00 Sub Off
Rob Conyard is substituted off for March Town United
46:00 Sub On
Scott Welcher is substituted on for March Town United
46:00 Sub On
Alex Walpole is substituted on for Fakenham Town
End of period 1
39:00 Goal 2 - 1
Jack Friend scores for March Town United
23:00 Goal 2 - 0
Connor Charlesworth scores for Fakenham Town
17:00 Goal 1 - 0
Alby Matthews scores for Fakenham Town
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As it happened

  • Fakenham Town
  • March Town United
  • 0
  • Alby Matthews Goal 17:00'
  • Connor Charlesworth Goal 23:00'
  • Jack Friend Goal 39:00'
  • Harry Atkins Sub Off 46:00'
  • Alex Walpole Sub On 46:00'
  • Scott Welcher Sub On 46:00'
  • Rob Conyard Sub Off 46:00'
  • Craig Gilles Yellow Card 47:00'
  • Alby Matthews Goal 56:00'
  • Shane Akers Sub On 61:00'
  • Augustus Matthews Sub Off 61:00'
  • Dylan Kilford Sub Off 67:00'
  • Dale Parnell Sub On 67:00'
  • Daniel Hogston Sub Off 75:00'
  • Stephen Harvey Sub On 75:00'
  • Jack Rawson Yellow Card 84:00'
  • Drew Barker Sub Off 84:00'
  • Jack Miller Sub On 84:00'
  • Ryan Curtis Yellow Card 90:00'
  • Adam Rotherey Red Card 90:00 +2:00'

Team selection

March Town United
  • 1. Simon Palton
  • 2. Drew Barker
  • 3. Dylan Kilford
  • 4. Callum Maddigan
  • 5. Jamie Short
  • 6. Gavin Cooke
  • 7. Adam Rotherey
  • 8. Jack Rawson
  • 9. Craig Gilles
  • 10. Jack Friend
  • 11. Rob Conyard
  • 12. Jack Miller
  • 13. Dave Jackson
  • 14. Scott Welcher
  • 15. Dale Parnell

League round up

Other First Division North results

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P
P
Diss Town
4
0
Debenham LC
AFC Sudbury Res
5
3
Ipswich Wanderers
5
3

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Swaffham Town 36 85
2. Harleston Town 36 84
3. Mulbarton Wanderers 36 74
4. March Town United 36 72
5. Lakenheath 36 70
6. Fakenham Town 36 70
7. Norwich CBS 36 67

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