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Fakenham Town
Mulbarton Wanderers
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B Thompson (25', 35', 54')
Fri 23 Nov 19:45 - Thurlow Nunn Eastern Counties League - First Division North

2nd place Mulbarton Wanderers end the 1st Team run with a 3-0 win at Clipbush Park


A team missing some regulars defeated by a well organised and drilled Mulbarton team

After the superb display on the Tuesday against local rivals Swaffham Town in the League Challenge Cup, Fakenham welcomed 2nd place Mulbarton Wanderers to Clipbush Park missing Josh Youngs, Dan Tuddenham, Ryan Curtis and Tom Blake from Tuesday's team. In came Alex Walpole, Lewis Sturman and new signing Gus Matthews into the starting eleven with Fraser Field, Luke Priestley and 2 goalkeepers on the subs bench. A good start from Fakenham saw full back Shane Akers being given lots of space on the wing by a well organised defence who were quite happy to concede the flanks and keep their defence compressed in the last third of the pitch. Lots of crosses into the Mulbarton area were comfortably handled by Mulbarton, allowing them to clear and use the pace of their forwards to make some very swift counter-attacks. All even after 25 minutes when Mulbarton struck when a well flighted corner found an unmarked Ben Thompson in front of goal for a good header that gave Tom Coombe no chance. A blast back to earlier matches when numerous goals were conceded from set plays but without Youngs and Tuddenham this game always had the chance of conceding such a goal. 10 minutes later Thompson scored his second with a really good strike from 12 metres out despite being surrounded by 3 defenders he still made space to get the shot away. Try as they might, Fakenham just couldn't find their way past the Mulbarton defence despite the best efforts of Alby Matthews and Callum Brain to make something happen. Mulbarton's third, completing his hat-trick, came from Thompson after 54 minutes. A well hit strike came off Walpole as he tried to close Thompson down in the penalty area and deflected past Coombe, initially going to his right but unable to recover to reach the ball now going the other way. Fakenham nearly pulled a goal back just a minute later when Harry Exley and Alby Matthews combined well to put Callum Brain through but the Mulbarton keeper was able to block the ball with his body. The last 30 minutes saw Fakenham desperately trying to get back into the game but never looked likely to break the Mulbarton defence down, they were quite happy to conced ground and just as happy to give free kicks away when it looked like the line would be breached. A team too good for us on the night and some well earned praise for the covering and closing down chasing by their forwards and attacking midfielders who worked for all 90 minutes to give Fakenham not much room or time to play the ball around. This result drops the team down to 7th place but with a visit to a third from bottom Diss Town to come on Saturday, this will be the start of a new run of wins. #COYG

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Key moments

Goal Ben Thompson scores for Mulbarton Wanderers
Goal Ben Thompson scores for Mulbarton Wanderers
Goal Ben Thompson scores for Mulbarton Wanderers


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88:00 Sub Off
Lewis Sturman is substituted off for Fakenham Town
88:00 Sub On
Stephen Harvey is substituted on for Fakenham Town
88:00 Sub Off
Danny Self is substituted off for Mulbarton Wanderers
88:00 Sub On
Tom Simpson is substituted on for Mulbarton Wanderers
82:00 Sub Off
Tom Amis is substituted off for Mulbarton Wanderers
82:00 Sub On
Tineshe Katsande is substituted on for Mulbarton Wanderers
70:00 Sub Off
Daniel Hogston is substituted off for Fakenham Town
70:00 Sub On
Fraser Field is substituted on for Fakenham Town
69:00 Yellow Card
Lewis Sturman is yellow carded for Fakenham Town
54:00 Goal 0 - 3
Ben Thompson scores for Mulbarton Wanderers
50:00 Sub Off
Jack Simpson is substituted off for Mulbarton Wanderers
50:00 Sub On
Scott Woodgate is substituted on for Mulbarton Wanderers
End of period 1
35:00 Goal 0 - 2
Ben Thompson scores for Mulbarton Wanderers
25:00 Goal 0 - 1
Ben Thompson scores for Mulbarton Wanderers
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As it happened

  • Fakenham Town
  • Mulbarton Wanderers
  • 0
  • Ben Thompson Goal 25:00'
  • Ben Thompson Goal 35:00'
  • Jack Simpson Sub Off 50:00'
  • Scott Woodgate Sub On 50:00'
  • Ben Thompson Goal 54:00'
  • Lewis Sturman Yellow Card 69:00'
  • Daniel Hogston Sub Off 70:00'
  • Fraser Field Sub On 70:00'
  • Tom Amis Sub Off 82:00'
  • Tineshe Katsande Sub On 82:00'
  • Lewis Sturman Sub Off 88:00'
  • Stephen Harvey Sub On 88:00'
  • Danny Self Sub Off 88:00'
  • Tom Simpson Sub On 88:00'

Team selection

Mulbarton Wanderers
  • 1. Tom Wright
  • 2. Dom Doggett
  • 3. Dale Barrett
  • 4. Danny Self
  • 5. John Curtis
  • 6. Tom Wright
  • 7. Jack Simpson
  • 8. Jack Guyton
  • 9. Ben Thompson
  • 10. Tom Amis
  • 11. Hayden Gibbons
  • 12. Tom Simpson
  • 13. Scott Woodgate
  • 14. Tineshe Katsande
  • 15. Mark Sutcliffe


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League table

# 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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