Poringland Wanderers v Fakenham Town Reserves - Cyril Ballyn Trophy Semi-Final - 3rd Feb 2018
Cyril Ballyn Trophy Semi-Final
An enjoyable game on a slippery pitch which ultimately saw the Reserves comfortably through to the Final of the Cyril Ballyn Trophy. Poringland started off the better and, for the first 15 minutes, put the Fakenham defence under considerable pressure but, apart from a long range shot which rattled the crossbar, the defence coped really well, particularly closing down on the dangerous No 9 Robert Warminger, Poringlands top scorer. As the half wore on, Fakenham came more and more into it, always looking dangerous out wide with Bulley and Greeves providing some excellent through balls for Harrison and Lane to run onto. The first goal, almost a carbon copy of an attempt by Poringland, came through a clinical finish by Joe Harrison
who showed Poringland how to finish from an very acute angle on the edge of the penalty area beating the keeper low down. The Fakenham second came from Ian Bulley
whose powerful shot from 20 metres beat the keeper all ends up. By this stage Poringland were under constant Fakenham pressure with Jonny Lane, Callum Brain
and Dan Jarvis bossing the midfield and providing Harrison and the wide players a constant supply of ball. Towards the end of the half, Bulley incurred the displeasure of the referee and was sin-binned for a bit of verbals. A 2-0 half time scoreline was a fair reflection of how the half had gone but that's always under threat should Poringland get a goal back. The second half actually turned into a bit of a procession with Fakenham dominant in all phases of play. Poringland's captain Davy Matthews was perhaps the only threat to the Fakenham goal. For a big guy he had good feet and the strength to hold off challenges but his teammates couldn't take advantage of the chances he created. Goals by Jonny Lane (a real special from 35 metres that just left the keeper stranded) and a further 2 from Joe Harrison
settled the tie. Bookings for Craig Rutland (under the 'totting up of fouls' method by the referee) and Dan Jarvis (a real softy - the Poringland player kicked the ball straight at him from a free kick from a metre so Dan automatically stuck out a boot!) slightly spoilt things but still a good afternoon's work by the team. Everyone played well, Bond in goal very safe in his handling, Daniels and Payne solid in defence and always ready to support further upfield, Rutland and Tuddenham marshalled the Poringland attack really well. Bulley and Greeves a constant threat out wide and Jarvis, Lane, Brain and Harrison gave the Poringland defence a torrid time all afternoon. Tom East
and Liam Forge
came on for the last 15 minutes and slotted in really well.
It was a sign of how the work ethic of the team has progressed in seeing midfield players busting a gut to get up in the oppostion area even though the team were 5-0 up with only a few minutes of the game remaining.
At the final whistle, cue celebrations and absolute delight at reaching the final. Well done to evryone who played.