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Reserves - Match centre

Fakenham Town Football Club
N Rose (63' Sent Off)
Full time
L Gray (15', 80')
Sat 24 Nov 14:00 - League

League leaders toppled at home, Reserves win 2-0


A Luke Gray brace seals a magnificent team effort.

An outstanding team performance against opponents who hadn't tasted defeat since the first game of the season, and boy, didn't they find it a bit hard to stomach, though give them their due they congratulated the Fakenham players at the end of the game. As has happened over the last few games, the final squad wasn't known until Saturday morning with Jonny Lane and Connor Daniels both starting despite not having played for the last month, with James Slater playing despite carrying an injury and again our 2 U18 players Sam Owen and Charlie Alcott in the squad, Sam starting in place of the injured Ian Bulley. Fraser Field came straight into the team at left back fresh from his cameo for the 1st Team the previous evening. The first half was characterised by Mundford stopped in their tracks with some resolute defending and resorting to the long ball, mostly overhit and making life easy for Bond in the Fakenham goal. Midfield was a battle between the teams with Fakenham winning more than their fair share of the engagements and providing strikers Joe Harrison and Ben Darby with some good ball and bringing winger Luke Gray into the game where his runs caused continual problems for Mundford. It was Gray who opened the scoring after 15 minutes when a pin point corner by Jonny Lane found Gray 3 metres out from goal in the middle of the area and his powerful header left Frank Gammon in the Mundford goal helpless to prevent the score. Mundford upped the effort with Mason Thorogood proving a handful on the left wing and Ben Coe and the league's top Scorer Ian Fancett always a threat. The Fakenham woodwork came to the rescure when a nice move saw the shot come off the post and a couple of times keeper Bond had to get down quickly to smother the ball. At the other end, Harrison was giving defenders a hard time with some excellent runs that always looked likely to add to the score. A 1-0 half time score was well deserved but Mundford started the 2nd half the better. The Fakenham cross bar was rattled by an excellent Fancett effort, shortly after that Bond got down to clear a goal bound shot away with his legs for a corner. Charlie Alcott came on to replace Slater, his existing injury finally, despite a great game, restricting his mobility so a fresh pair of legs was called for. With all the Fakenham players working hard, Sam Owen, on the 63 minute mark, was subject to an awful tackle by Mundford's captain Nathan Rose who was immediately shown a Red Card by the referee. With Mundford down to 10 men, they continued to press for the equaliser but were continually thwarted by some very solid defending. On the 72 minute mark, Fakenham had an opportunity to increase their lead when Joe Harrison slipped past the Mundford cover, drove onto goal but was brought down spectacularly just outside the penalty area by Gammon who earned a Yellow Card for his effort and was perhaps a bit lucky not to have been shown a Red. With Fakenham taking control, the lead was doubled after 80 minutes when a Luke Gray break and subsequent shot took a wicked deflection to leave Gammon stranded. Mundford responded by hitting the woodwork for the third time during the match but started to resort to long range shots that flew high and wide. Final score 2-0 to the Reserves and a really well deserved win. No man of the match for this game as this was a team effort, all working for each other for the whole game, Jonny Lane outstanding as he was still covering ground at the end of the game with as much effort as when the game started, Dan Jarvis had his best game for some time and Fraser Field, Liam Forge and Connor Daniels marshalled the Mundford strikers really well. #COYG

ps. The club appreciate that Mundford contacted our manager Craig in the evening to enquire after Sam Owen. Top club for that.

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Key moments

Goal Luke Gray scores for Fakenham Town Football Club
Red Card Nathan Rose is sent off for Mundford
Goal Luke Gray scores for Fakenham Town Football Club


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84:00 Sub Off
Sam Owen is substituted off for Fakenham Town Football Club
84:00 Sub On
Tom East is substituted on for Fakenham Town Football Club
80:00 Goal 0 - 2
Luke Gray scores for Fakenham Town Football Club
75:00 Sub On
Spike Murkin is substituted on for Mundford
75:00 Sub Off
James Walters is substituted off for Mundford
72:00 Yellow Card
Frank Gammon is yellow carded for Mundford
63:00 Sub Off
Mason Thorogood is substituted off for Mundford
63:00 Red Card 0 - 1
Nathan Rose is sent off for Mundford
63:00 Sub On
Ian Fancett is substituted on for Mundford
58:00 Sub Off
Ian Fancett is substituted off for Mundford
58:00 Sub On
Charlie Alcott is substituted on for Fakenham Town Football Club
58:00 Sub Off
James Slater is substituted off for Fakenham Town Football Club
58:00 Sub On
Ollie Farthing is substituted on for Mundford
52:00 Yellow Card
Johnathon Lane is yellow carded for Fakenham Town Football Club
52:00 Sub Off
Alex Snow is substituted off for Mundford
52:00 Sub On
Jake Bogle is substituted on for Mundford
End of period 1
15:00 Goal 0 - 1
Luke Gray scores for Fakenham Town Football Club
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Mundford
  • Fakenham Town Football Club
  • 0
  • Luke Gray Goal 15:00'
  • Alex Snow Sub Off 52:00'
  • Johnathon Lane Yellow Card 52:00'
  • Jake Bogle Sub On 52:00'
  • James Slater Sub Off 58:00'
  • Charlie Alcott Sub On 58:00'
  • Ian Fancett Sub Off 58:00'
  • Ollie Farthing Sub On 58:00'
  • Nathan Rose Red Card 63:00'
  • Mason Thorogood Sub Off 63:00'
  • Ian Fancett Sub On 63:00'
  • Frank Gammon Yellow Card 72:00'
  • James Walters Sub Off 75:00'
  • Spike Murkin Sub On 75:00'
  • Luke Gray Goal 80:00'
  • Sam Owen Sub Off 84:00'
  • Tom East Sub On 84:00'

Team selection

Bond, Richard Bond, Richard
Daniels, Connor Daniels, Connor
Forge, Liam Forge, Liam
Gray, Luke Gray, Luke
Slater, James Slater, James
Field, Fraser Field, Fraser
Owen, Sam Owen, Sam
Jarvis, Daniel Jarvis, Daniel
Harrison, Joe Harrison, Joe
Darby, Ben Darby, Ben
Lane, Johnathon Lane, Johnathon
  • 1. Frank Gammon
  • 2. Ryan Taylor
  • 3. Alex Snow
  • 4. Mark Allibone
  • 5. Nathan Rose
  • 6. Casey Underwood
  • 7. James Walters
  • 8. Ben Amery
  • 9. Ben Coe
  • 10. Ian Fancett
  • 11. Mason Thorogood
  • 12. Ollie Farthing
  • 13. Spike Murkin
  • 14. Jake Bogle


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