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Reserves - Match centre

Fakenham Town Res
Horsford United
C Brain (19'), K Plumb (84', 86'), S Brown (82' OG)
Full time
S Brown (34' Pen)
Tue 13 Mar 19:30 - Hadley & Ottaway Anglian Combination - Division 2

13 March 2018 - The Reserves beat Horsford United 4-1

Reserves win, up to 2nd

So this most certainly wasn't the walk in the park that Horsford's previous results would indicate. All even at half time 1-1, deep into the second half still 1-1 and only 3 goals in the last 10 minutes, the first of which was a Horsford OG, gave the final result an air of respectability. The game started at some pace with chances created by both sides and Horsford continually looking dangerous with the pinged ball deep behind the Fakenham defence on the flanks for their speedy wingers to chase. The first real chance fell to Fakenham when a Jordan Cantwell long ball found Tom East on the right and his cross was met by Joe Harrison in front of goal but his shot was just off target. Horsford brought out a great save by Bond when Walpole conceded a foul on the right hand side of the area and a vicious free kick was puched out by Bond for a corner. Again Horsford pressed down the right and a cross deep into the Fakenham area was cleared for a corner. So end to end stuff with Reece Taylor putting in a wonderful cross to find East but his shot was just wide. The Fakenham pressure finally told when a Fakenham throw-in on the left found Plumb and his cross found an unmarked Callum Brain in front of goal for a tap-in, 1-0 after 18 minutes. The lead was nearly doubled on 27 minutes when Brain beat the defence and, with only the keeper to beat, decided to shoot rather than take on the keeper who made a good save with his legs to clear the danger. Horsford equalised on 35 minutes when Josh Young conceded a penalty, earning himself a Yellow for his pains (perhaps lucky it wasn't a Red as he was the last defender when he brought down the Horsford player) and the Horsford No 2 Sean Brown gave Richard Bond no chance with a powerful shoulder high shot. The game remained very open with both sides pressing but no further scores in the half, just bookings for Horsford's Kieran Harrison and Fakenham's Johnathon Lane. An even half with some pretty robust challenges from both teams with Callum Brain in particular, as on Saturday against East Harling, coming in for some close (physical) attention and the referee having to speak to a number of players from both sides for some tackles perhaps deserving bookings . So 1-1 at half time and you couldn't say that Horsford didn't deserve it. The second half was quite a nervous affair for Fakenham, chances made, chances missed and bad memories from our defeat against Mattishall Reserves earlier in the season surfacing. Horsford certainly tired as the game wore on and the final 10 minutes sealed the win with a Horsford OG and a brace by Kyle Plumb, the first of those from a Bulley cross saw Plumb in front of goal and a good finish. His second came just a couple of minutes later when Fakenham were continually pressing a tired Horsford defence. So 4-1 at the end, 3 points to take us up to 2nd in the table but, boy, did we have to work for it. A thought is that we still have to go over to Horsford at the end of April - this could be a very tense affair if we haven't clinched promotion by then.

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Key moments

Goal Callum Brain scores for Fakenham Town Res
Scored Penalty Sean Brown scores a penalty for Horsford United
Own Goal Sean Brown scores an own goal
Goal Kyle Plumb scores for Fakenham Town Res
Goal Kyle Plumb scores for Fakenham Town Res


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86:00 Goal 4 - 1
Kyle Plumb scores for Fakenham Town Res
84:00 Goal 3 - 1
Kyle Plumb scores for Fakenham Town Res
82:30 Sub Off
Tom East is substituted off for Fakenham Town Res
82:30 Sub On
Reece Taylor is substituted on for Fakenham Town Res
82:00 Own Goal 2 - 1
Sean Brown scores an own goal
68:00 Sub Off
Reece Taylor is substituted off for Fakenham Town Res
68:00 Sub On
Ian Bulley is substituted on for Fakenham Town Res
End of period 1
44:00 Yellow Card
Johnathon Lane is yellow carded for Fakenham Town Res
43:00 Yellow Card
Kieran Harrison is yellow carded for Horsford United
34:00 Scored Penalty 1 - 1
Sean Brown scores a penalty for Horsford United
34:00 Yellow Card
Josh Youngs is yellow carded for Fakenham Town Res
19:00 Goal 1 - 0
Callum Brain scores for Fakenham Town Res
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Fakenham Town Res
  • Horsford United
  • 0
  • Callum Brain Goal 19:00'
  • Josh Youngs Yellow Card 34:00'
  • Sean Brown Scored Penalty 34:00'
  • Kieran Harrison Yellow Card 43:00'
  • Johnathon Lane Yellow Card 44:00'
  • Reece Taylor Sub Off 68:00'
  • Ian Bulley Sub On 68:00'
  • Sean Brown Own Goal 82:00'
  • Tom East Sub Off 82:30'
  • Reece Taylor Sub On 82:30'
  • Kyle Plumb Goal 84:00'
  • Kyle Plumb Goal 86:00'

Team selection

Bond, Richard Bond, Richard
Forge, Liam Forge, Liam
Youngs, Josh Youngs, Josh
Walpole, Alex Walpole, Alex
East, Tom East, Tom
Taylor, Reece Taylor, Reece
Cantwell, Jordan Cantwell, Jordan
Lane, Johnathon Lane, Johnathon
Brain, Callum Brain, Callum
Harrison, Joe Harrison, Joe
Plumb, Kyle Plumb, Kyle
Horsford United
  • 1. Jason Haze
  • 2. Sean Brown
  • 3. Craig Collison
  • 4. Charlton Halliday
  • 5. Daniel Reynolds
  • 6. Kieran Harrison
  • 7. Ricky Bevis
  • 8. Zak Bevis
  • 9. Matt Daynes
  • 10. Callum Short
  • 11. Luke Gould
  • 12. Dean Matthewson
  • 13. Roy Bevis
  • 14. Thomas Cullum


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League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. Easton 28 69
2. Fakenham Town Res 26 61
3. East Harling 28 57
4. Thetford Rovers 27 52
5. Poringland Wanderers 28 50
6. Holt United 27 43
7. Martham 28 39