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
Do I need to put in a disclaimer to say that the views expressed here are those of the author and not the club?