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Reserves - Match centre

Watton United
Fakenham Town Res
M Herring (48' Pen)
Full time
R Claxton (35', 66'), J Harrison (88')
Tue 14 Aug 19:30 - Anglian Combination - Division 1

Reserves make a winning start at Watton

Claxton brace seals the win

An entertaining game against Watton United in front of a very good crowd and an excellent start to the season against a team that will cause a lot of problems to visiting sides. For most of the game it was nip and tuck, Fakenham Reserves actually having the better of the game for longish periods but Watton having their own spells where they should have scored and gave our defence, especially down the middle, a torrid time, No 11 Matthew Herring a continual threat throughout the game. For the first 10 minutes the Reserves had by far the better of the game with winger Ian Bulley continually getting in behind his marker and putting some excellent crosses into the box, Darby so near to opening the scoring but a good save by Wattons keeper Matthew Colley kept the ball out. Watton themselves should have scored after 10 minutes when a through ball split the Fakenham defence but the Watton player's shot came off the post and was cleared. After 35 minutes Fakenham broke the deadlock when No 7 Lloyd Briggs chased and harried a Watton defender into giving the ball away and Briggs pass found Ricky Claxton in on goal and he comfortably beat the keeper from 5 metres out. It stayed that way for the remainder of the half but both sides had a number of chances, Watton really had some great opportunities, but just couldn't convert. The second half was only a couple of minutes old when Briggs was Yellow Carded for a foul on Watton's Bond, almost immediatley followed by Fakenham conceding a penalty. Herring converted to make the score 1-1. Fakenham nearly regained the lead soon after when a Bulley shot rebounded off the far post and back into the keepers arms. Luke Gray replaced Briggs and he immediately started to give the tiring Watton defence some problems with his pace and ball control. It was however, the ever dependable Akers who was instrumental in Fakenham scoring their second goal when his run from deep in his own half, saw him pass and receive a quick pass back from Ben Darby, taking the ball deep into the Watton penalty area where his cross cut out the Watton keeper for Ricky Claxton to tap the ball into an empty net. A really good goal to see play out. Watton then had a period of play where they tested the defence with a series of long balls wide to the wings and got in some superb crosses but just couldn't hit the back of the net. Fakenham keeper Richard Bond had a busy time during that period, either blocking shots or having to come off his line to clear the ball away where the defence had been caught out. With Dan Payne suffering a recurrence of his hamstring injury, Joe Harrison came on with 15 minutes left and then Jimmy Williams came on for the last 10 to replace Claxton and bolster the midfield which was starting to struggle a bit. With both teams tiring it was Fakenham who clinched the win when Darby harried the defence, won the ball and passed to Harrison whose clinical finish beat the keeper. So a 3-1 win and a great way to start the season. Some of the players were certainly a bit ring rusty and fitness levels weren't great for a couple of the team but overall a deserved win and good to be going to Bungay Town on Saturday with some confidence. 'COYG

Train with the Best - Win a training session with the England 6-a-side squad

Key moments

35:00
Goal Ricky Claxton scores for Fakenham Town Res
48:00
Scored Penalty Matthew Herring scores a penalty for Watton United
66:00
Goal Ricky Claxton scores for Fakenham Town Res
88:00
Goal Joe Harrison scores for Fakenham Town Res

Highlights

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88:00 Goal 1 - 3
Joe Harrison scores for Fakenham Town Res
82:00 Sub On
Jimmy Williams is substituted on for Fakenham Town Res
82:00 Sub Off
James Beaumont is substituted off for Watton United
82:00 Sub On
Matthew Reeve is substituted on for Watton United
82:00 Sub Off
Ricky Claxton is substituted off for Fakenham Town Res
75:00 Sub On
Joe Harrison is substituted on for Fakenham Town Res
75:00 Sub Off
Daniel Payne is substituted off for Fakenham Town Res
74:00 Sub On
Daniel Reeve is substituted on for Watton United
74:00 Sub On
Sam Bray is substituted on for Watton United
74:00 Sub Off
Ty Bond is substituted off for Watton United
74:00 Sub Off
Andrew Rayner is substituted off for Watton United
66:00 Goal 1 - 2
Ricky Claxton scores for Fakenham Town Res
64:00 Sub Off
Lloyd Briggs is substituted off for Fakenham Town Res
64:00 Sub On
Luke Gray is substituted on for Fakenham Town Res
48:00 Scored Penalty 1 - 1
Matthew Herring scores a penalty for Watton United
47:00 Yellow Card
Lloyd Briggs is yellow carded for Fakenham Town Res
End of period 1
35:00 Goal 0 - 1
Ricky Claxton scores for Fakenham Town Res
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Watton United
  • Fakenham Town Res
  • 0
  • Ricky Claxton Goal 35:00'
  • Lloyd Briggs Yellow Card 47:00'
  • Matthew Herring Scored Penalty 48:00'
  • Lloyd Briggs Sub Off 64:00'
  • Luke Gray Sub On 64:00'
  • Ricky Claxton Goal 66:00'
  • Ty Bond Sub Off 74:00'
  • Andrew Rayner Sub Off 74:00'
  • Sam Bray Sub On 74:00'
  • Daniel Reeve Sub On 74:00'
  • Daniel Payne Sub Off 75:00'
  • Joe Harrison Sub On 75:00'
  • Ricky Claxton Sub Off 82:00'
  • Jimmy Williams Sub On 82:00'
  • James Beaumont Sub Off 82:00'
  • Matthew Reeve Sub On 82:00'
  • Joe Harrison Goal 88:00'

Team selection

Bond, Richard Bond, Richard
Payne, Daniel Payne, Daniel
Forge, Liam Forge, Liam
Bulley, Ian Bulley, Ian
Williams, Danny Williams, Danny
Akers, Shane Akers, Shane
Briggs, Lloyd Briggs, Lloyd
Lane, Johnathon Lane, Johnathon
Claxton, Ricky Claxton, Ricky
Darby, Ben Darby, Ben
Jarvis, Daniel Jarvis, Daniel
Watton United
  • 1. Matthew Colly
  • 2. Aiden Rayner
  • 3. James Beaumont
  • 4. Luke Cornwall
  • 5. Ben Childerhouse
  • 6. Sam Fincham
  • 7. Callum Edge
  • 8. Nathan Laws
  • 9. Ty Bond
  • 10. Andrew Rayner
  • 11. Matthew Herring
  • 12. Sam Bray
  • 13. Matthew Reeve
  • 14. Daniel Reeve

League round up

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Attleborough Town
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League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. Easton 4 10
2. Yelverton 2 6
3. Fakenham Town Res 4 4
4. Aylsham 1 3
5. Bungay Town 1 3
6. Hindringham 2 2
7. Attleborough Town 0 0

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