East Harling 4-3 Fakenham Town Res
The first team entertained familiar opposition on Saturday at Church Road as the Greens took on the ghosts second string for the third time this season.
Team news saw the Greens without leading scorer Charlie Webb and in form Ollie Tarft, two players that had proved to be a constant thorn to the visitors defence in previous games.
In their place Ramsbotham came into the starting line up and Bray retained his place from the previous week’s win at home to Holt Utd. Morris replaced Dolan in the midfield and there was a place on the bench for skipper Durrant who missed the win the week before with a head injury.
Watling also started at Left back in place of Hobley.
The game kicked off with visitors enjoying some early pressure and Woodcock picked up an early yellow card for a foul outside the box when the away side breached the defensive line with a precise pass.
In a game played in a very high tempo on a warm day both sides took a little while to gain good possession of the ball but the visitors just had the early edge.
It was the home side however that took the lead when a quality Scent corner found the volley of Bareham 6 yards out to bury it past the static keeper.
The lead didn’t last long and from similar fashion the visitors were level when a towering header looped over Woodcock from a corner.
End to end, back came the hosts when good pressure on the ball from Watling in particular saw the visiting defender leave his back pass to the keeper a little short and Ramsbotham was on hand to fire powerfully past the keeper from 15 yards and celebrate his 1st goal since returning to Church Road a month ago.
Only minutes later the scores were level for a second time in the game when Bareham was beaten to the ball by a visiting forward for his partner to race onto superbly and slot neatly past Woodcock in the home goal.
Half time came and went and the second half started as the 1st half did with the visitors in the ascendancy. After some good pressure they took the lead for the first time in the game when a cross wasn’t cleared at the near post and when the ball crashed back of the far post it was tapped home from close range.
Durrant then replaced Bareham in the heart of the defence.
The return of the skipper seemed to breath confidence in the home side and they began to take the game to the visitors. Ramsbotham proved to be a menace all game and Morris and Scent were beginning to pick the ball up in more advanced positions.
It was however from similar circumstances as the first goal in how they equalised.
Scents delivery was spot on again and this time Durrant crashed his header off the underside of the bar with the linesman showing great honesty to award the goal was over the line and the goal stood for 3-3.
The visitors were struggling with the high ball and Barnett in the Greens midfield proved to strong and physical on many occasions. They thought they had a 4th goal when from an Allin long throw, flicked on by Barnett found its way to Ramsbotham but he was adjudged to have been offside.
From another Allin throw in they did find the lead again when Durrant pressured the keeper into making a poor punch it fell to Senior who powered a looping header over everyone to celebrate a 4th goal.
Dolan then replaced Senior and Saint came on in place of Bray.
Almost immediately good link up between Saint and Allin found Dolan unmarked at the back post but his finish was high and wide. Bareham then came back on in place of Ramsbotham who worked tirelessly in his 80 minutes up front for the Greens.
The game turned into a huge battle for the remaining minutes and the hosts celebrated a superb win against a very good side.
Well done all……
East Harling 4-3 Fakenham Town Res