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Fakenham Town
Leiston Res
A Matthews (12'), T Blake (20', 80'), S Akers (28' Pen), C Charlesworth (63')
Full time
J Kiwomya (62'), M Carrigan (88')
Sat 30 Mar 14:00 - Thurlow Nunn Eastern Counties League - First Division North

Comfortable win over Leiston Reserves to keep up the pressure on the top teams

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Still undefeated in 2019, signs off the last home game of the season with a good win

Missing 5 regulars through holiday or suspension, Fakenham eventually ran out very comfortable winners over Leiston Reserves in their last home game of the season. Leiston perhaps started the brighter as the Fakenham defence sorted themselves out positionwise but it didn't take long for the opening Fakenham goal to come along when, after 12 minutes, Tom Blake had a good effort blocked, the ball came back to Alby Matthews whose shot from 8 metres out richoched off a defender as he came to close down and the ball looped at speed over the keeper. The Fakenham second came courtesy of Tom Blake who received a ball wide on the right, cut in and comfortably beat the keeper from 5 metres out. So 2 up after 20 minutes became 3 when Blake was brought down in the area, a perhaps harsh decision as he seemed to be going down anyway, and captain for the day Shane Akers nominated himself (perhaps he was on penalties or perhaps not!) to take the spot kick and his firm shot comfortably beat the keeper. Leiston nearly pulled one back when a shot from 15 metres out hit the underside of the cross bar, went straight down but was adjudged not to have crossed the line. 3-0 up at half time and Fakenham were cruising, dealing very easily with the sporadic Leiston attacks with Josh Youngs and Alex Wapole dealing very calmly with whatever was thrown their way. The second half saw Leiston get back more into the game, a chance came their way after 62 minutes and the No 11, Jourdan Kiwomya, clinically put the ball past Coombe. It took not much more than 60 seconds before Fakenham scored their fourth (and best) when a free kick was awarded some 30 metres outside the area and Connor Charlesworth's bullet effort got over the wall and left the keeper stranded as the ball hit the right hand stanchion at the back of the net. With a comfortable 4-1 lead, Luke Gray and Gus Matthew came on in place of Ricky Claxton and Alby Matthews to freshen things up a bit and keep the pressure on a Leiston defence that was looking a bit short of pace. A distance effort hit the Leiston crossbar and Blake continued to torment the defence with his ability to beat the player and accelerate away. With 77 minutes gone 16 year old Matthew Grand made his 1st Team debut in place of Frazer Field, dare one say a bit ironic as only 48 hours previously he had been a member of the Dereham Town U18 team that beat Fakenham Town U18's over at Aldiss park. With 10 minutes to go, Blake scored his second and Fakenham's fifth, a gimme when Gus Matthews broke past the last defender, approached the keeper and very generously passed to Blake for a simple tap-in. With a couple of minutes left, Leiston scored their second when Coombe was forced to come quickly out to block a ball but lost out in the tackle to No 10 Carrigan who had a open goal to aim for. Final score 5-2, and only the second time this season they had managed 5 in a match. Fouth place in the league maintained and 3 league matches to go, Haverhill Borough next week, 5th place March Town on 22nd April followed the week after with a trip to bottom place Wisbech St Mary to complete the league season. Then the League Challenge Cup Final at Diss Town on Easter Monday 6th May against Premier Division Long Melford. Could be a really good way to end 2018-2019. UTG

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Connor Charlesworth

Player of the Match

Connor Charlesworth

Key moments

12:00
Goal Alby Matthews scores for Fakenham Town
20:00
Goal Tom Blake scores for Fakenham Town
28:00
Scored Penalty Shane Akers scores a penalty for Fakenham Town
62:00
Goal Jourdan Kiwomya scores for Leiston Res
63:00
Goal Connor Charlesworth scores for Fakenham Town
80:00
Goal Tom Blake scores for Fakenham Town
88:00
Goal Michael Carrigan scores for Leiston Res

Highlights

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90:00 Player of the Match
Connor Charlesworth is awarded player of the match for Fakenham Town
88:00 Goal 5 - 2
Michael Carrigan scores for Leiston Res
80:00 Goal 5 - 1
Tom Blake scores for Fakenham Town
77:00 Sub On
Matthew Grand is substituted on for Fakenham Town
77:00 Sub Off
Fraser Field is substituted off for Fakenham Town
75:00 Sub On
Reece Kerry is substituted on for Leiston Res
75:00 Sub Off
Harry Burman is substituted off for Leiston Res
73:00 Sub Off
Alby Matthews is substituted off for Fakenham Town
73:00 Sub On
Augustus Matthews is substituted on for Fakenham Town
67:00 Sub Off
Ricky Claxton is substituted off for Fakenham Town
67:00 Sub On
Luke Gray is substituted on for Fakenham Town
63:00 Goal 4 - 1
Connor Charlesworth scores for Fakenham Town
62:00 Goal 3 - 1
Jourdan Kiwomya scores for Leiston Res
46:00 Sub On
Kieran Warner is substituted on for Leiston Res
46:00 Sub Off
Louie Bloom is substituted off for Leiston Res
End of period 1
34:00 Yellow Card
Harry Burman is yellow carded for Leiston Res
28:00 Scored Penalty 3 - 0
Shane Akers scores a penalty for Fakenham Town
20:00 Goal 2 - 0
Tom Blake scores for Fakenham Town
12:00 Goal 1 - 0
Alby Matthews scores for Fakenham Town
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As it happened

  • Fakenham Town
  • Leiston Res
  • 0
  • Alby Matthews Goal 12:00'
  • Tom Blake Goal 20:00'
  • Shane Akers Scored Penalty 28:00'
  • Harry Burman Yellow Card 34:00'
  • Louie Bloom Sub Off 46:00'
  • Kieran Warner Sub On 46:00'
  • Jourdan Kiwomya Goal 62:00'
  • Connor Charlesworth Goal 63:00'
  • Ricky Claxton Sub Off 67:00'
  • Luke Gray Sub On 67:00'
  • Alby Matthews Sub Off 73:00'
  • Augustus Matthews Sub On 73:00'
  • Harry Burman Sub Off 75:00'
  • Reece Kerry Sub On 75:00'
  • Fraser Field Sub Off 77:00'
  • Matthew Grand Sub On 77:00'
  • Tom Blake Goal 80:00'
  • Michael Carrigan Goal 88:00'

Team selection

Leiston Res
  • 1. Joe Potter
  • 2. Toby Groom
  • 3. Drew Connick
  • 4. James Gaffer
  • 5. Charlie Canham
  • 6. Sam Allen
  • 7. Mason Sinclair
  • 8. Harry Burman
  • 9. Louie Bloom
  • 10. Michael Carrigan
  • 11. Jourdan Kiwomya
  • 12. Reece Kerry
  • 13. Kieran Warner
  • 14. Ian Cornforth

League round up

Other First Division North results

AFC Sudbury Res
1
1
Ipswich Wanderers
Debenham LC
0
1
4
0
Diss Town
2
2
Cornard United

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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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