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Fakenham Town Res
Holt United
J Harrison (13', 48'), C Brain (80')
Full time
C Smith (69')
Wed 11 Apr 19:30 - Hadley & Ottaway Anglian Combination - Division 2

Reserves win the local Derby, maintain 2nd spot

Reserves beat Holt United, rebound from Easton defeat

We knew this game wasn't going to be a walkover, local derby's never are, but we were made to work very, very hard for the win. The Reserves started brightly with the first chance falling to Joe Harrison as early as the 2nd minute but he hit the side netting after outpacing the Holt defence to a through ball. The early pressure finally told when a superb cross from the left by Ian Bulley found Harrison in front of goal and his shot from 5 metres out beat the keeper, 1-0 after 13 minutes. The pressure on the Holt defence continued and, with them holding a very high line, a Harrison flick on saw Ben Darby make a run on goal only to see a Holt defender come across and poke a leg out to put the ball out for a throw-in. It certainly wasn't all Fakenham as a period of Holt pressure saw a free kick conceded on the edge of the area and Holt's Luke Scott had his free kick well saved by Richard Bond who dived to his right and punched the ball away for a corner. Not to be outdone, the Holt keeper Chris Gray made an even better diving save from a Callum Brain free kick to punch the ball away. Holt were well and truly in the game, playing some neat football and causing a few problems down the Fakenham flanks. The pressure increased when Daniel Tuddenham was sent to the sin-bin and had to see out the remainder of the half from the dug-out. 1-0 to Fakenham at half time, just about deserved but never likely to be enough so it was a relief when Harrison grabbed his second after 48 minutes when another fine Bulley ball left Harrison one on one with the keeper and he slotted the ball past Gray. Harrison almost grabbed his hat-trick when he and Darby combined but Harrison's shot skimmed the outside of the post with no defender in sight. Holt's own efforts were rewarded after 72 minutes when Chris Smith placed his shot from inside the penalty area to Bond's right for a nicely taken goal. This signalled a period of intense Holt pressure which Fakenham did well to repel without conceding an equaliser. The third Fakenham goal came from Callum Brain when he curled a free-kick from just outside the area past Gray and a very welcome goal it was with celebrations from his team-mates. Holt very nearly grabbed a goal themselves when a mix up from a restart in the middle of the pitch saw Bond pick up a ball back to him and the referee awarded an indirect free kick to the right of the penalty spot. With numbers back, Fakenham managed (just) to block the resulting shots on goal and clear the ball upfield. That was about it , just enough time for a Fakenham substitution and time was up. A valuable win, never comfortable, but maintaining a 8 point gap on third placed Poringland Wanderers having played the same number of games. The next match, away at East Harling is a chance to put right the two defeats against them this season, with a win going a long way to seal that second promotion place. #COYG

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Key moments

13:00
Goal Joe Harrison scores for Fakenham Town Res
48:00
Goal Joe Harrison scores for Fakenham Town Res
69:00
Goal Chris Smith scores for Holt United
80:00
Goal Callum Brain scores for Fakenham Town Res

Highlights

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88:00 Sub Off
Ian Bulley is substituted off for Fakenham Town Res
88:00 Sub On
Jake Betts is substituted on for Fakenham Town Res
81:00 Sub Off
Luke Scott is substituted off for Holt United
81:00 Sub On
Thomas Todd is substituted on for Holt United
80:00 Goal 3 - 1
Callum Brain scores for Fakenham Town Res
79:00 Sub On
Liam Forge is substituted on for Fakenham Town Res
79:00 Sub Off
Joe Harrison is substituted off for Fakenham Town Res
76:00 Yellow Card
Daniel Jarvis is yellow carded for Fakenham Town Res
69:00 Goal 2 - 1
Chris Smith scores for Holt United
63:00 Sub Off
Tom East is substituted off for Fakenham Town Res
63:00 Sub On
Carlos Greeves is substituted on for Fakenham Town Res
60:00 Sub Off
Marcus Holt is substituted off for Holt United
60:00 Sub On
Lloyd Briggs is substituted on for Holt United
48:00 Goal 2 - 0
Joe Harrison scores for Fakenham Town Res
End of period 1
13:00 Goal 1 - 0
Joe Harrison scores for Fakenham Town Res
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Fakenham Town Res
  • Holt United
  • 0
  • Joe Harrison Goal 13:00'
  • Joe Harrison Goal 48:00'
  • Marcus Holt Sub Off 60:00'
  • Lloyd Briggs Sub On 60:00'
  • Tom East Sub Off 63:00'
  • Carlos Greeves Sub On 63:00'
  • Chris Smith Goal 69:00'
  • Daniel Jarvis Yellow Card 76:00'
  • Joe Harrison Sub Off 79:00'
  • Liam Forge Sub On 79:00'
  • Callum Brain Goal 80:00'
  • Luke Scott Sub Off 81:00'
  • Thomas Todd Sub On 81:00'
  • Ian Bulley Sub Off 88:00'
  • Jake Betts Sub On 88:00'

Team selection

Bond, Richard Bond, Richard
Payne, Daniel Payne, Daniel
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
Holt United
  • 1. Chris Gray
  • 2. George Mark
  • 3. Luke Williamson
  • 4. Lee Edwards
  • 5. Matthew George
  • 6. Ben Scott
  • 7. Jack Castle
  • 8. Luke Scott
  • 9. Chris Smith
  • 10. Marcus Holt
  • 11. Aaeron Moss
  • 12. Thomas Todd
  • 13. Lloyd Briggs
  • 14. Adam Daglass

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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

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