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Fakenham Town Res
L Wardell (83'), H Rutherford (76'), R Smith (79')
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Sat 7 Apr 14:30 - Hadley & Ottaway Anglian Combination - Division 2 Attendance 55

Easton v Fakenham Town Reserves 07 April 2018

Reserves lose 3-0, self inflicted defeat, Must do better!

Congratulations to Easton on (by the end) a well deserved win by 3-0 and I would imagine almost confirmation of their promotion to Senior Football at the end of the season. Congratulations especially to the Easton goalkeeper Chris Brownbridge whose blatant time-wasting right from the kick-off went unpunished by the referee who added insult to injury by adding virtually no extra time at the end of either half (and 5 Yellow Cards between the two sides in what was a competitive but not a nasty game). Easton kicked off and almost scored without a Fakenham player even touching the ball. Jahi Bingham went on a mazy run down the left leaving a couple of players in his wake, his cross was blocked by a defender for a corner which went to the far post, was headed back in front of the area and an Easton shot was inches over the bar. A lucky escape. It was Fakenham's turn in the next few minutes when first Joe Harrison got in behind the Easton defence and a one-on-one with the keeper who started to come out, stopped and Harrison shot wide from 15 metres rather than take the keeper on. A minute later it was Ben Darby's turn to miss when an Ian Bulley run down the left saw his cross go across the Easton goal and Darby, on the far post 5 metres out and an empty goal, ballooned the ball over the bar. So two great chances missed and for the next 30 minutes Fakenham had slightly the better of the game but didn't really threaten the Easton goal and were definitely having a few problems in coping with the 3G surface. With Fakenham unable to capitalise on what pressure they had, Easton slowly came into the game, always looking dangerous in attack when they had the ball but wasteful in front of goal with shots off target. Richard Bond in the Fakenham goal was certainly earning his corn during this period as he coped with a series of dangerous high balls crossed into the penalty area. 0-0 at half time but the writing had been on the Fakenham wall for some time with balls continually being overhit (for the Easton keeper to slowly amble to retreive the ball, slowly amble back to take the goal kick and have a long look around before slowly taking the kick), passes more often than not intercepted long before they reached their intended target, headers mistimed or just plain missed time and again. and players being far too easily dispossed in challenges. The second half saw Easton score three times with two of these being gifted by very loose Fakenham play. The first came from the defence playing the ball around at the back and, under pressure from Easton players, managed to pass it to an attacker and 5 sconds later Hayden Rutherford said thank you very much as he beat Bond. Five minutes later it was 2-0 to Easton when Rob Smith scored and, to add insult to injury, Lewis Wardell scored the third with a header in front of goal from a corner with nary a Fakenham defender there to challenge him. In the second half I don't think there was a meaningful Fakenham attack with Harrison and Darby deprived of anything to work with and midfield being outplayed by Easton, with the Easton keeper not having a shot to save in virtually the whole 90 minutes, as opposed to Bond who was forced into more saves in this game than in the previous half dozen. So a salutory lesson for the team and, with some tough games to come in the next couple of weeks (Holt on Wednesday followed by East Harling on Saturday), let's hope they can learn from what went wrong today and take on board what they need to do. #COYG
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Key moments

Goal Hayden Rutherford scores for Easton
Goal Rob Smith scores for Easton
Goal Lewis Wardell scores for Easton


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87:00 Yellow Card
Rob Smith is yellow carded for Easton
85:00 Yellow Card
Lee Newton is yellow carded for Easton
83:00 Sub On
Ben Cissell is substituted on for Easton
83:00 Goal 3 - 0
Lewis Wardell scores for Easton
83:00 Sub Off
Ben Morgan is substituted off for Easton
79:00 Goal 2 - 0
Rob Smith scores for Easton
79:00 Sub On
Carlos Greeves is substituted on for Fakenham Town Res
79:00 Sub Off
Johnathon Lane is substituted off for Fakenham Town Res
78:00 Yellow Card
Johnathon Lane is yellow carded for Fakenham Town Res
76:00 Goal 1 - 0
Hayden Rutherford scores for Easton
70:00 Yellow Card
Liam Forge is yellow carded for Fakenham Town Res
65:00 Sub On
Rob Smith is substituted on for Easton
65:00 Sub On
Matthew Wheeler is substituted on for Fakenham Town Res
65:00 Sub Off
Connor Daniels is substituted off for Fakenham Town Res
65:00 Sub Off
Jahi Bingham is substituted off for Easton
58:00 Yellow Card
Aaron Robert is yellow carded for Easton
45:00 Sub On
Liam Forge is substituted on for Fakenham Town Res
45:00 Sub Off
Jake Betts is substituted off for Fakenham Town Res
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Easton
  • Fakenham Town Res
  • 0
  • Jake Betts Sub Off 45:00'
  • Liam Forge Sub On 45:00'
  • Aaron Robert Yellow Card 58:00'
  • Jahi Bingham Sub Off 65:00'
  • Connor Daniels Sub Off 65:00'
  • Matthew Wheeler Sub On 65:00'
  • Rob Smith Sub On 65:00'
  • Liam Forge Yellow Card 70:00'
  • Hayden Rutherford Goal 76:00'
  • Johnathon Lane Yellow Card 78:00'
  • Rob Smith Goal 79:00'
  • Johnathon Lane Sub Off 79:00'
  • Carlos Greeves Sub On 79:00'
  • Ben Morgan Sub Off 83:00'
  • Lewis Wardell Goal 83:00'
  • Ben Cissell Sub On 83:00'
  • Lee Newton Yellow Card 85:00'
  • Rob Smith Yellow Card 87:00'

Team selection

Bond, Richard Bond, Richard
Betts, Jake Betts, Jake
Tuddenham, Daniel Tuddenham, Daniel
Daniels, Connor Daniels, Connor
East, Tom East, Tom
Bulley, Ian Bulley, Ian
Jarvis, Daniel Jarvis, Daniel
Lane, Johnathon Lane, Johnathon
Brain, Callum Brain, Callum
Darby, Ben Darby, Ben
Harrison, Joe Harrison, Joe
  • 1. Chris Brownbridge
  • 2. Ian Woolston
  • 3. Matt Fell
  • 4. Matthew Hoeppner
  • 5. Lewis Wardell
  • 6. Aaron Robert
  • 7. Lee Newton
  • 8. Hayden Rutherford
  • 9. Jahi Bingham
  • 10. Ben Morgan
  • 11. Josh Bull
  • 12. Ben Cissell
  • 13. Rob Smith
  • 14. Mitchell Thompson

League round up

Other Division 2 results

East Harling
Holt United
Sprowston Athletic
Thetford Rovers


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League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. Easton 27 66
2. Fakenham Town Res 25 58
3. East Harling 26 53
4. Poringland Wanderers 25 50
5. Thetford Rovers 26 49
6. Holt United 26 40
7. Martham 25 39