Dereham/Fakenham notes

DEREHAM TOWN U14 played their final match of an eventful season away to Mulbarton Wanderers U14. A win would guarantee second place in the league. Skipper and Mason combined to release Laskey who pressured the keeper into spilling the ball, leaving Laskey with a tap- in.

DEREHAM TOWN U14 played their final match of an eventful season away to Mulbarton Wanderers U14. A win would guarantee second place in the league. Skipper and Mason combined to release Laskey who pressured the keeper into spilling the ball, leaving Laskey with a tap- in. Churchyard lifted the ball into the area and Laskey challenged for it before turning it towards goal where Upton reacted quickest to side-foot in from a narrow angle for 2-0. Dereham scored twice in a matter of minutes. Mitchell played a long ball forward and Upton nipped in ahead of the defender to slide the ball under the advancing keeper. Then Laskey controlled the ball on the edge of the area and flicked to Upton who again finished well. A great piece of skill from Laskey provided the fifth Dereham score when he took the ball down just outside the area and turned to create the space needed to lift the ball over the keeper for a stunning finish. The final goal came from an exchange of passes between Laskey and Betts before the ball was moved forward to Upton who slid in ahead of the keeper to steer the ball just inside the post. Full time: Mulbarton Wanderers 0, Dereham Town 6. Man-of-the-match: Hat-trick hero Liam Upton.

FAKENHAM U13 entertained Dereham at Clipbush Park on April 18. Fakenham started well, some good moves putting the pressure on Dereham. Dereham responded and keeper Grant bravely dived at the feet of the Dereham striker to take the ball. Great distribution from Grant saw another good move down the left, with Tom crossing to Kyle, who shot just wide. An excellent free-kick from Dion was cleared and resulted in a breakaway by the speedy Dereham striker, and although Grant got an outstretched hand to the ball, the striker followed up to score. Fakenham won a corner just before half-time, which was taken by Brady. Martin shot from the edge of the box and Harrison turned the ball into the net to make it 1-1. Fakenham had an excellent second half and went 2-1 up when Christian put in a great corner which Harrison fired into the net for his second goal. Sam and Dion formed a good partnership as central defenders to keep the two fast Dereham strikers at bay, supported by Liam and Christian outside them. Jack and Curtis linked well to give Dan the ball on the edge of the penalty box and Dan turned and shot low into the corner to make it 3-1. A great clearance from Curtis then set Martin off on a run half the length of the pitch before firing into the goal to make the final score 4-1 to Fakenham. Team: Grant, Curtis, Sam, Dion, Christian, Jack, Dan, Harrison, Tom, Kyle, Brady, Martin, Liam.

FAKENHAM AMBERS entertained Dersingham in a cup semi-final at Trap Lane and lost 2-1. This was a close encounter from the opening minutes, with both teams playing attacking football, but neither able to take total command. Dersingham took the lead midway through the first half. From a free-kick awarded to Fakenham just inside the Dersingham half, Ben scored the equaliser from a long-range effort. After the interval, Calum was his usual dependable self, Rahul and Josh worked hard to deal with a number of high crosses, whilst Aaron, Reece, Jake and Charlie pushed forward to counter-attack. The game went to extra time. The see-saw battle continued, but Dersingham snatched the winner with a well-taken volley from a corner. Fakenham: Calum, Josh, Rahul, Reece, Ben, Aaron, Jake, Charlie.

FAKENHAM AMBERS beat Heacham 8-0 at Trap Lane. From the kick-off Fakenham exerted significant pressure and were rewarded with a well-taken goal from Charlie. Ben was injured and with no substitutes available, Calum was called upon to deputise as an outfield player. The Ambers rose to the challenge and goals from Jake, Aaron and Charlie gave them a comfortable 4-0 half-time lead. Fakenham began the second half in earnest, with Calum giving a composed and confident display at the back, Josh masterminding the midfield and the forwards passing the ball unselfishly. As a result, further goals came from Aaron, Charlie, Reece and, finally, a thunderous shot from Aaron again. Fakenham: Calum, Ben, Josh, Aaron, Reece, Jake, Charlie. Man of the match: Calum.


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