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Reserves - Match centre

Fakenham Town Res
D Payne (77')
Full time
G Crowe (30'), B Franklin (78' Sent Off)
Sat 24 Feb 14:30 - Hadley & Ottaway Anglian Combination - Division 2 Attendance 50

Reserves and Easton finish level at 1-1

First draw for the Reserves, honours even

I don't think either team will be happy with this result, both will feel they had more than enough chances to take the win. First half belonged to Easton, they came out of the blocks very quickly and spent the first 10 minutes putting massive pressure of the Fakenham defence and created a number of chances but mainly shot from range without troubling Richard Bond in the Fakenham goal. They were the more physical and left their mark on a number of players but mainly got away with it. They took the lead in the 30th minute when a floated free kick from the left found an unmarked George Crowe 5 metres out and he calmly slotted the ball past Bond. This signalled a period of Fakenham pressure but they created few clear chances, too many times through balls were overhit or Lane mistimed his run and was flagged offside. Bulley did put in some great crosses but were cleared by Easton defenders before Harrison or Lane could capitalise on the opportunity. Both teams worked really hard in closing opponents down, with Tuddenham and Walpole outstanding in aerial challenges and in marshalling the Easton attack. Easton's central defenders were also coping pretty well with our attacking midfielders. With space at a premium and the battle even the half ended with Easton maintaining their goal lead.
Fakenham came out for the second half with a lot more bite and a golden opportunity was missed by Joe Harrision when he found himself one-on-one with the keeper (offside but got away with it!) but, after taking the ball to the right of the keeper just couldn't find the net. After 60 minutes Reece Taylor came on for Ian Bulley and began to combine well down the left wing with Lane and Daniels to cause Easton some anxious moments. Greeves, having a good game, was replaced by Liam Forge after 68 minutes who made an almost immediate impact when he went into the book after being on the pitch for only 5 minutes. A couple of minutes later, Harrison was brought down in the area by Easton Keeper Franklin and Daniel Payne converted the resultant penalty to equalise at 1-1. A debatable penalty and Franklin had a few choice words at the referee who showed him a Red Card. For the remaining 15 minutes Fakenham pressed and pressed, (Easton slowing things down and took as much time as they could get away with on throw-ins and goal kicks), but just couldn't put the ball in the net, or, to be honest, putting the makeshift keeper under any sort of pressure.
So all even at the end, everything still to play for and Fakenham now looking towards next weeks Norfolk Junior Cup Semi-Final at East Harling, who incidently lost 3-2 at Wells so they will be determined to make up for that defeat against us.

Key moments

Goal George Crowe scores for Easton
Goal Daniel Payne scores for Fakenham Town Res
Red Card Barrie Franklin is sent off for Easton


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85:00 Yellow Card
Alex Walpole is yellow carded for Fakenham Town Res
78:00 Red Card 1 - 1
Barrie Franklin is sent off for Easton
77:00 Goal 1 - 1
Daniel Payne scores for Fakenham Town Res
75:00 Yellow Card
Liam Forge is yellow carded for Fakenham Town Res
End of period 1
30:00 Goal 0 - 1
George Crowe scores for Easton
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Fakenham Town Res
  • Easton
  • 0
  • George Crowe Goal 30:00'
  • Liam Forge Yellow Card 75:00'
  • Daniel Payne Goal 77:00'
  • Barrie Franklin Red Card 78:00'
  • Alex Walpole Yellow Card 85:00'

Team selection

Payne, Daniel Payne, Daniel
Tuddenham, Daniel Tuddenham, Daniel
Daniels, Connor Daniels, Connor
Greeves, Carlos Greeves, Carlos
Bulley, Ian Bulley, Ian
Jarvis, Daniel Jarvis, Daniel
Walpole, Alex Walpole, Alex
Brain, Callum Brain, Callum
Lane, Johnathon Lane, Johnathon
Harrison, Joe Harrison, Joe
  • 1. Barrie Franklin
  • 2. James Wheeler
  • 3. Matthew Fell
  • 4. Aklex Williamson
  • 5. Ian Wooslton
  • 6. Aaron Roberts
  • 7. Lee Newton
  • 8. Josh Bull
  • 9. Hayden Rutherford
  • 10. Ben Morgan
  • 11. George Crowe
  • 12. Ben Cissell
  • 13. Rob Smith
  • 14. Bingham Jahi

League round up

Other Division 2 results

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Holt United
Gayton United
Brandon Town
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Thetford Rovers
Wells Town
East Harling


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League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. Easton 21 51
2. Fakenham Town Res 17 40
3. Martham 20 36
4. Holt United 20 36
5. East Harling 19 35
6. Gayton United 20 34
7. Thetford Rovers 21 34