Junior Cup Semi Final
By Ivor Darby
Junior Cup, report
So the treble dream is over but congratulations to East Harling in their 2-0 win and we wish them all the best for the final at Carrow Road. For the second time this season, they bested the Reserves, with a brace by their leading scorer Charlie Webb ultimately being the difference and their defence and midfield stiffling and ultimately neutralising a very disjointed effort by the whole Fakenham team who played well below their potential and were always second best against a team who seemed to want the win more. Match day hadn't started very well when the usual Right Back, Connor Daniels, called off ill so Liam Forge
started in that position. The first 20 minutes were pretty even with both teams not shirking tackles but already, and throughout the match, the Harling No 7 Ollie Tarft, was giving the left hand side of our defence all sorts of problems. His play, supported by No 9 Charlie Webb, created a number of chances but all were coped with by Bond in goal. Fakenham had a great chance after 29 minutes when Brain broke down the right, crossed to Bulley at the far post but his initial touch of a bobbling ball gave the keeper time to make an excellent save at point blank range. Shortly afterwards Tarft hit the far post with a cross cum shot that beat Bond in goal. Brain created another chance when he broke clear but Lane couldn't convert the chance. East Harling then began to take charge, winning the midfield battle and the aerial battle and they took the lead after 35 minutes when Tarft (again) broke down the right, crossed and Webb was there to finish off with a well taken goal. The half ended with Fakenham looking very rattled and Harling in the ascendancy. The second half belonged almost totally to Harling with Fakenham looking out of salts and not being able to create much for Harrison and Lane to use. Jarvis was booked for a handball and Harling's Barnett for a succession of fouls, mainly on Brain who came in for a lot of attention from the Harling players. Harling's second goal came after 67 minutes when a cross found Webb at the far post and his header beat Bond. No coming back from a 2 goal deficit and although Fakenham pressed and pressed (leaving gaps all over the place at the back), it was not to be. Harling's No 10 Andrew Morris was shown a Red Card deep in injury time for a stamp on a prone Lane and that was it. Tarft, Webb and Harling keeper Woodcock, all had superb games with Tarft the pick and Woodcock making 3 excellent saves to deny Fakenham.
There will be one further chance to best Harling this season when they meet again in the League in April. Will be interesting in seeing the attitudes of both teams for that fixture.