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Fakenham Town
Norwich CBS
A Swatman (81' OG)
Full time
J Rocastle (38'), P Cook (77')
Wed 26 Dec 11:00 - Thurlow Nunn Eastern Counties League - First Division North

A 2-1 loss at home to Norwich CBS on Boxing Day sees the team drop to 6th in the table


A narrow defeat by the scoreline but not on the field

After the excellent performance last Saturday against March Town United, this was an ideal opportunity to do the double over one of our main rivals and cement a top four place. Not to be however as we came out second best all over the park and were fortunate not to concede more than just the two with Tom Coombe in the Fakenham goal by far the busiest Fakenham player as he made a series of excellent saves to keep the score to zero for the first 35 minutes. Norwich CBS weren't however to be denied a well deserved lead when, after 38 minutes, a Jordan Rocastle shot from 18 metres out took a deflection off Josh Young to leave Coombe stranded. 1-0 to CBS at half time lead to an unwell Harry Exley and an ineffective Gus Matthews being replaced by Tom Blake and Reece Taylor. CBS continued their midfield dominance right from the start of the half, winning most challenges against their mainly smaller (and lighter) Fakenham opponents and playing the ball around very neatly to get the ball into the Fakenham penalty area but without being able to add to their score. This changed after 77 minutes when a CBS corner from the right found substitute Paul Cook unmarked in the centre of the area and his header found the target. A really soft goal to concede by the hard pressed defence. So 2-0 to CBS and not looking too promisising for Fakenham but a chink of light appeared when a Charlesworth shot was adjudged by the referee to have been handled by a Norwich CBS defender and a penalty was awarded. The ball was handed to Alby Matthews, he placed it on the spot, made a good connection with the ball only to see Asa Swatman dive to his left and push the ball away for a corner. The corner was taken by Reece Taylor and he put a great ball high into the middle of the penalty penalty area, Swatman leaped high to gather and promptly dropped the ball over the line. The referee immediately awarded a goal but, following protests by the CBS players, he conferred with his linesman and, after a brief conversation, the goal stood. A lifeline to Fakenham and 10 minutes to claw something out of the game. And so nearly a Houdini act when, deep into injury time, a great passing movement saw Tom Blake free with just the keeper to beat but Swatman was equal to the challenge and scrambled the ball away for a corner. Just time enough for CBS's Attreee to go into the book and the final whistle blew. Final score 2-1 to Norwich CBS and a well deserved win at that. Fakenham could have snatched a draw at the death but that would have been a disservice to how CBS had outplayed Fakenham all afternoon. Next up a local Derby at Downham Town with Downham getting some good results under their belt recently and looking to repeat their victory over us back in August.

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Key moments

Goal Jordan Rocastle scores for Norwich CBS
Goal Paul Cook scores for Norwich CBS
Own Goal Asa Swatman scores an own goal


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90:00 +3:00 Yellow Card
Aaron Attree is yellow carded for Norwich CBS
89:00 Sub Off
kierron Rose is substituted off for Norwich CBS
89:00 Sub On
Luke Tuttle is substituted on for Norwich CBS
85:00 Sub Off
Ben Lewis is substituted off for Norwich CBS
85:00 Sub On
Aaron Attree is substituted on for Norwich CBS
81:00 Missed Penalty
Alby Matthews misses a penalty for Fakenham Town
81:00 Own Goal 1 - 2
Asa Swatman scores an own goal
80:00 Yellow Card
Jordan King is yellow carded for Norwich CBS
77:00 Goal 0 - 2
Paul Cook scores for Norwich CBS
71:00 Sub On
Paul Cook is substituted on for Norwich CBS
71:00 Sub Off
Jordan Rocastle is substituted off for Norwich CBS
46:00 Sub Off
Harry Exley is substituted off for Fakenham Town
46:00 Sub On
Tom Blake is substituted on for Fakenham Town
46:00 Sub On
Reece Taylor is substituted on for Fakenham Town
46:00 Sub Off
Augustus Matthews is substituted off for Fakenham Town
End of period 1
42:00 Yellow Card
Ben Lewis is yellow carded for Norwich CBS
38:00 Goal 0 - 1
Jordan Rocastle scores for Norwich CBS
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Fakenham Town
  • Norwich CBS
  • 0
  • Jordan Rocastle Goal 38:00'
  • Ben Lewis Yellow Card 42:00'
  • Harry Exley Sub Off 46:00'
  • Augustus Matthews Sub Off 46:00'
  • Tom Blake Sub On 46:00'
  • Reece Taylor Sub On 46:00'
  • Jordan Rocastle Sub Off 71:00'
  • Paul Cook Sub On 71:00'
  • Paul Cook Goal 77:00'
  • Jordan King Yellow Card 80:00'
  • Alby Matthews Missed Penalty 81:00'
  • Asa Swatman Own Goal 81:00'
  • Ben Lewis Sub Off 85:00'
  • Aaron Attree Sub On 85:00'
  • kierron Rose Sub Off 89:00'
  • Luke Tuttle Sub On 89:00'
  • Aaron Attree Yellow Card 90:00 +3:00'

Team selection

Norwich CBS
  • 1. Asa Swatman
  • 2. Jack Wason
  • 3. kierron Rose
  • 4. Shaun Wones
  • 5. Daniel Barraclough
  • 6. James Page
  • 7. Jordan King
  • 8. Karl Horton
  • 9. Jordan Rocastle
  • 10. Ben Lewis
  • 11. Tim Henery
  • 12. Paul Cook
  • 13. Luke Tuttle
  • 14. Aaron Attree
  • 15. Stephen Drake

League round up

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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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