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.