U18's lose 6-2 to Dereham Town U18's in the FA Youth Cup
By Ivor Darby
A loss but didn't they battle to the end
A thoroughly entertaining match at Aldiss Park on a thoroughly miserable evening weather wise. Dereham were technically streets ahead of the Fakenham Team, played the ball around the park very comfortably and had a bit more speed, height and street smarts. Having said that the Fakenham lads worked and worked and worked and hassled Dereham into mistakes and after 30 minutes had Dereham in a bit of a panic. It only took Dereham 6 minutes to take the lead, a very soft goal to concede but that was the story of most of the Dereham goals. Fakenham equalised on 25 minutes through Jay Myhill
. From 35 metres out, Jay spotted that the Dereham Keeper was way off his line and took a slightly speculative lob that keeper Holbrook, try as he might, just couldn't get back to keep the ball out of the net. So 1-1 and definitely game-on. That lasted all of 3 minutes when Herring in the Fakenham goal fumbled a slippery ball which bounced off his hands and presented an easy finish for the advancing Dereham player. Fakenham equalised for the second time through Sam Owens. A free kick was awarded on the left hand edge of the area, the kick was firmly struck along the ground deep into the area in front of goal, wasn't cleared properly and came lose to Owen who made a clinical finish. Yet again Dereham responded within a couple of minutes with Harry Exley (Yes, that Harry Exley who plays for Fakenham First Team) put Dereham back in the lead, with a fourth added within a couple of minutes. 4-2 to Dereham at half time but they knew that they were in a battle.
The second half was dominated by Dereham but Fakenham defended really well, and managed some good counter attacks that had Dereham struggling to block. A fifth Dereham goal came after 53 minutes, another soft goal to concede with the sixth (and last) coming just a couple of minutes from the end. That was a really good goal, a lightning quick break down the right, a super cross to the far post and a diving header that rocketed into the net. So a final score of 6-2 to Dereham but all the Fakenham players can be proud of their performance on the night. Everyone put their all into the game, worked non-stop for the whole 90 minutes and never lost heart. Keep up that level of effort, tighten up defence and the season may yet record more wins than losses. #COYG