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Fakenham Town Res
Brandon Town
K Plumb (12', 21', 37'), R Taylor (27', 52', 61'), T East (35'), C Brain (83')
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Sat 17 Mar 14:30 - Hadley & Ottaway Anglian Combination - Division 2

Match Report - Fakenham Town Reserves v Brandon Town 17 March 2018

Reserves v Brandon, comprehensive win, 2nd place consolidated

On a bitterly cold day (and the occasional snow flurry), the Reserves hosted Brandon Town, their Cyril Ballyn Cup final opponents and recorded a comprehensive 8-0 victory to consolidate second place in the table. To make this even better, other results in the division have given the whole squad a filip for the tough games ahead. Long time leaders Easton suffered their first home loss of the season to East Harling (wouldn't think we would ever be thanking them but 'thank you'), 5th placed Gayton United lost at home to mid table Caister Reserves and Thetford Rovers had a 4-2 home win over 4th place Martham, our opponents next week and one of our main challengers for promotion. Would have been even better had 3rd place Holt United lost but their away game against Mattishall Reserves fell victim to the weather but we do have 3 games in hand and a 4 point advantage over them already.
For the Brandon match, the squad was missing Connor Daniels (still ill) and Daniel Tuddenham(injured) with Daniel Jarvis on the bench as he is not fully recovered from an ankle injury sustained against East Harling last weekend. As the final score might indicate, this was a very one sided game where, what according to the teamsheet was very nearly a full strength Brandon squad, they were comprehensively outplayed right from the opening whistle. The earliest Fakenham chance came after only 2 minutes when a break down the left by Kyle Plumb saw his high cross headed away for a corner, eventually scrambled away after a goal bound shot was blocked by a Brandon defender. Soon after Fakenham had the ball in the net after Kyle Plumb and Callum Brain combined to put Joe Harrison free but he was flagged for offside. Brain then should have opened the scoring when he danced his way through the Brandon defence, took the ball round the advancing keeper but was forced a bit wide and his shot from 20 metres out went wide. Next it was Tom East's turn to spurn a chance when the wind held up a high ball into the Brandon area but his shot was high, wide and not very handsome. Kyle Plumb then had a chance when Joe Harrision and Callum Brain created the opportunity but the resulting Plumb shot didn't have enough power to beat the keeper. Plumb made up for this a minute later when he opened the scoring with a really good finish on the left hand side of the Brandon area to easily beat the keeper. He doubled his score after 21 minutes when Forge broke down the right and put in a fierce centre and there was Plumb on the far post to tap it into an empty net. It became 3-0 when the ball ricoched off the keeper from a Callum Brain shot and there was Reece Taylor on hand to place the ball into the net. The 4th goal came from Tom East, an excellent effort from 5 metres out and the Plumb hat-trick came along a couple of minutes later, again a fine finish to give the keeper no chance.
Half time score 5-0 and changes made for the second half with East and Harrison replaced by Greeves and Bulley. The second half was a one-way procession with further goals by Reece Taylor after 51 and 58 minutes to complete his hat-trick and finally a goal by Brain who, despite every other aspect of his play being superb, squandered chance after chance - on another day he would have scored half a dozen but it just didn't run for him. As so often happens when one team is so much on top, the Fakenham play became very sloppy with at least 10 really good chances wasted. With a tough run in for the remainder of the season this might come back to haunt us when we are in a much tighter game. Still this has most definitely put down a marker to the other teams looking for promotion and also to Brandon for when we meet again in the Cyril Ballyn Cup final in May.

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Key moments

12:00
Goal Kyle Plumb scores for Fakenham Town Res
21:00
Goal Kyle Plumb scores for Fakenham Town Res
27:00
Goal Reece Taylor scores for Fakenham Town Res
35:00
Goal Tom East scores for Fakenham Town Res
37:00
Goal Kyle Plumb scores for Fakenham Town Res
52:00
Goal Reece Taylor scores for Fakenham Town Res
61:00
Goal Reece Taylor scores for Fakenham Town Res
83:00
Goal Callum Brain scores for Fakenham Town Res

Highlights

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83:00 Goal 8 - 0
Callum Brain scores for Fakenham Town Res
61:00 Goal 7 - 0
Reece Taylor scores for Fakenham Town Res
52:00 Goal 6 - 0
Reece Taylor scores for Fakenham Town Res
45:00 Sub Off
Tom East is substituted off for Fakenham Town Res
45:00 Sub Off
Joe Harrison is substituted off for Fakenham Town Res
45:00 Sub On
Ian Bulley is substituted on for Fakenham Town Res
45:00 Sub On
Carlos Greeves is substituted on for Fakenham Town Res
End of period 1
37:00 Goal 5 - 0
Kyle Plumb scores for Fakenham Town Res
35:00 Goal 4 - 0
Tom East scores for Fakenham Town Res
27:00 Goal 3 - 0
Reece Taylor scores for Fakenham Town Res
21:00 Goal 2 - 0
Kyle Plumb scores for Fakenham Town Res
12:00 Goal 1 - 0
Kyle Plumb scores for Fakenham Town Res
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Fakenham Town Res
  • Brandon Town
  • 0
  • Kyle Plumb Goal 12:00'
  • Kyle Plumb Goal 21:00'
  • Reece Taylor Goal 27:00'
  • Tom East Goal 35:00'
  • Kyle Plumb Goal 37:00'
  • Tom East Sub Off 45:00'
  • Joe Harrison Sub Off 45:00'
  • Ian Bulley Sub On 45:00'
  • Carlos Greeves Sub On 45:00'
  • Reece Taylor Goal 52:00'
  • Reece Taylor Goal 61:00'
  • Callum Brain Goal 83:00'

Team selection

Bond, Richard Bond, Richard
Payne, Daniel Payne, Daniel
Youngs, Josh Youngs, Josh
Forge, Liam Forge, Liam
East, Tom East, Tom
Taylor, Reece Taylor, Reece
Lane, Johnathon Lane, Johnathon
Walpole, Alex Walpole, Alex
Brain, Callum Brain, Callum
Plumb, Kyle Plumb, Kyle
Harrison, Joe Harrison, Joe
Brandon Town
  • 1. Callum Powell
  • 2. Preston Sharpe
  • 3. Stuart Scott
  • 4. Kyle Dyer
  • 5. George Winstone
  • 6. Lewis Bishop
  • 7. Charlie Power
  • 8. Liam Farnham
  • 9. Josh Green
  • 10. Ben Williams
  • 11. Callum Horn
  • 12. Jake Vincent
  • 13. Harry Roberts
  • 14. Daniel Malster

League round up

Other Division 2 results

1
3
East Harling
Gayton United
0
1
Horsford United
3
0
Sprowston Athletic
Thetford Rovers
4
2
1
4
Wells Town

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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

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