Fakenham Town Football Club - Youth News

U15 Town Vs Aylsham Unity - 9th Jan 2022

Ryleigh's goal from the final kick of the game secured a 3-2 victory and top spot in League 2 for U15 Town. Their determined Aylsham opponents will feel aggrieved to have gone home with no points from an evenly balanced game, having come from behind to lead 1-2 early in the second half. It was an important home victory after two weekends without a game.

The first chance of the game fell to Ryleigh but the keeper blocked his shot. Tyler M made sure Town didn't fall behind when an in-swinging corner evaded everyone else - he headed it onto the bar to stop what looked like a certain goal.

Harry opened the scoring in the 10th minute, placing a free kick into the far corner from the edge of the box. Both teams had good chances to score the second goal: Josh tipped a long range shot over the bar, Henry M and TC had shots blocked, Jack headed clear. Aylsham's equaliser came late in the first half, from a free kick over the top that the striker ran onto and fired into the net.

Aylsham started the second half strongly and took the lead with a surging run and powerful shot. After a few uncertain moments Town started to take control, Harry, TC and Tommy leading from midfield. A series of opportunities followed: Henry M had a few shots saved, Alex's follow-up was blocked on the line by a defender and the keeper caught Tommy's long-range effort. The latter equalised in the 52nd minute when his corner sailed over everyone to cross the line at the far post.

Henry M, Harry, Tommy, TC and Ryleigh went close before Tommy almost scored from a corner for a second time. This time the keeper punched the ball up and a defender headed off the line; Jack's follow up went just wide. It looked like the game was going to end a fair draw but a short goal kick went to Ryleigh who flicked it up and volleyed it into the net. The referee blew the final whistle when the ball returned to the centre spot.

Player of the match could have gone to several players for their hardwork. His desire to win the ball and driving forward meant TC was the worthy winner.

Town now sit top of the league, three points clear of 2nd placed Lakenheath (who didn't play this weekend and have three games in hand). Town's next game is away at third placed Brandon Town. They are also three points behind after a 3-1 home victory over 4th placed Bulldogs.

MATCH REPORT for Shane Fish’s U15 Town team 20th December

U15 Town Vs New Buckenham Junior

Constrant drizzle, a sticky pitch and a hardworking New Buckenham team could not stop U15 Town securing a determined 3-0 win at Clipbush Park. The victory keeps them in second place in League 2, behind leaders Lakenheath on goal difference and three points ahead of Brandon and Bulldogs in third and fourth.

The first half was evenly balanced, with both teams competing for the ball in midfield. The defences stayed calm and held firm, which was reflected in a 0-0 half time score. Alfie headed just over, Alex poked a corner wide, a Henry M cross was cleared off the line and Reece's long shot was collected by the keeper.

At the start of the second half Tommy moved into midfield and Town were able to pick up the tempo and find more time on the ball. As more chances were created, New Buckenham defended more deeply as a team and Town exploited the space created by the opposition playing three central defenders and high wing-backs. The break through came in the 50th minute: Alfie's free kick evaded three or four defenders and Ryleigh set up Henry M for the first goal. Eight minutes later TC and Ryleigh combined to force a defender to head over his own keeper, allowing Henry M to tap in his 15th of the season. The game was sealed in the 68th minute when Henry M played Ryleigh through to run at the keeper and calmly slot the ball past him. Alfie, Ryleigh, Henry M and Archie all had chances but they were collected by the keeper or went just wide; Dylan worked hard to make an opportunity for himself but defenders got in his way.

Tommy picked up player of the match for his hardwork all over the pitch. Harry had little to do in goal but could be heard encouraging his teammates throughout. Jack made a vital defensive block and gave important guidance to others; Henry P, Tyler M, Reece and Charlie all made good clearances and challenges. New Buckenham had some quick and strong attackers, so the whole defence should be pleased with a clean sheet.

On Friday and after the game last season's awards were handed out. They went to:

Alfie - supporters
Henry M - players
Reece - managers
Jack - most progress
Harry - most committed

TODAY’S MATCH REPORT for Shane Fish’s U15 Town team

QH Panthers Vs U15 Town

U15 Town claimed a commanding 9-0 away victory over QH Panthers to retain third place in League 2, on 15 points alongside leaders Bulldogs Marvels and second placed Lakenheath. They outmatched their opponents in all areas, with all 14 players contributing good performances. Keeping a clean sheet was as perhaps as satisfying as scoring nine.

After Ryleigh and Alfie both had a goal disallowed for tight off-sides, QH hit the post and Josh made an impressive top corner save, Henry M started the scoring with two goals in two minutes (both from Ryleigh's balls over the top). The third and fourth followed within the next three minutes - first Ryleigh set up Alfie with a through ball, then Henry M headed in his cross. Although it was four nil at half time, Town were unlucky not to have more; Ryleigh, Alfie, Henry M, Jim, Tommy, Harry and Alex all had chances.

Wellie replaced Josh in goal at half time. Despite having little to do, as the defence and midfield comfortably marshalled QH's attackers, she was sharp when needed. In the 57th minute Reece won a free kick on the left; Ryleigh headed in Harry's resulting free kick. Josh moved up front for the last 30 minutes and his hardwork was rewarded with his first two goals for the club. He got the 6th after Archie headed on a Harry free kick; the 8th with a firm shot in the six yard box after Jim pressurised defenders.

The 7th goal came from another Harry free kick, which Tommy headed in. Henry M scored his fourth of the game - and secured his second four goal haul of the season - with a minute left. Jim held off a defender out wide to cross firmly, so Henry could head in and become the highest scoring player in League 2. As in the first half, Town were unfortunate not to score more in the second. Ryleigh and Alfie both had shots saved and Alex put a side foot volley at the back post over the bar.

The last 15 minutes were feisty. Following a disagreement, both captains had to call their players together to calm them down.

Archie was player of the match for an impressive game playing CDM for the first time. Henry M and Ryleigh came close, the latter with four assists. Alfie was a candidate for the silly glasses: he was penalised for handball when he picked up the ball before it went out for a thrown in (in front of the Town parents!).

SUNDAY’S MATCH REPORT for Shane Fish’s U15 Town team

Lakeford Rangers v U15 Town

Another cup tie against a team in a higher division saw U15 Town go down fighting at a windy and bright Eaton Park in Norwich. Lakeford Rangers, who play in League 1, came out with a 7-3 victory in the 4Sports trophy. The margin of victory probably flatters Rangers, with Town coming close on a number of occasions, although Josh in goal needed to make firm handed saves in three one-on-ones and tip a powerful shot onto the bar with his fingertips.

In the first half Lakeford were first to most balls, were able to create the most chances and scored three. Despite being under pressure from long and through balls, Town scored one - a pass from Tyler M was followed by a long range effort from Harry which went across the keeper and in. Alfie and Alex had shots caught, Tommy and Charlie put long shots just over the bar and an Archie header from a corner went just wide.

The second half saw more passion from Town, with strong challenges and a repeated desire to get back into the game. Either side of Rangers 4th goal their keeper had to dive at the feet of Town players to prevent close range goals: he first stopped both Alfie and Henry M, then Ryleigh. Ryleigh's neat header from Alfie's free kick saw the deficit reduced to two (his 8th goal of the season). Lakeford responded immediately before Ryleigh chested the ball down in midfield and burst into the box only to be clattered by a defender. The goalie didn't move as Henry M's penalty kick went into the right corner, taking him into double figures in just seven games. A come-back looked possible until a long range shot from Lakeford's impressive No. 14 took the score to 6-3. A seventh was added with a few minutes left.

Town now have a week's rest before returning to league action. Three of the next four games are against teams in the lower half of the League 2 table, so they need to look forward to opportunities to add to their points tally.

TODAY’S MATCH REPORT for Shane Fish’s U15 Town team

U15 Town Vs Bulldog Marvels

A disappointing result for U15 Town, as they lost 7-3 at home to the Bulldogs Marvels team they beat only two weeks ago. The four players out because of covid were definitely missed but overall Bulldogs showed more determination across the pitch for most of the match. Their No. 24 played a pivotal role - he controlled the game from midfield, having missed the previous encounter.

Town were on top for the first 12 minutes. After Ryleigh and Tommy had good chances they combined for the opening goal; Ryleigh  collected Tommy's ball over the top and won a challenge with the keeper to score. A quick attack and deep cross saw Bulldogs equalise on 13 minutes. Josh was then called into action in goal at least six times before half time, as well as seeing an effort just evade him to hit the bar.

Bulldogs seized control of the game early in the second half, scoring four to lead 1-5 by the 61st minute. Harry's excellent headed goal from a Henry M corner saw Town come back to life and press forward more. Ryleigh was denied twice before he got his second of the game - he was able to beat the keeper to a long ball to score before being clattered.

A last 10 minute comeback looked possible until TJ blocked a shot with his hands, ensuring he went away with the silly glasses, a yellow card and a penalty (plus several surging runs) against his name on his debut. Bulldogs scored from the resulting spot-kick before making it 7 four minutes from time.

Harry was awarded player on the match for his constant effort. He appeared to play in every position but goalkeeper! Alfie worked hard before going off injured, Charlie made some important clearances on his debut.

The defeat sees Town drop from first to third in League 2 (with Bulldogs replacing them at the top of the table). A good performance against near rivals Brandon next weekend should see this result forgotten.


U15 Town Vs Old Catton Hawks
26 September 2021

A commanding performance saw U15 Town beat Old Catton 7-1 to move up to third in League 2. They were on top from the start and led three-nil at half-time. They were seven up with the whistle about to blow for the end of the game but a bouncing ball and top corner strike saw the Hawks sneak a consolation in added time.

Ryleigh played fantastically well, pushing forward from the right wing, challenging strongly, and scoring a hat trick. His first was the opener; a cross-come-shot that went in off the underside of the bar. Henry M set him up in the 79th and 80th minutes for the 6th and 7th goals. Ryleigh also had at least another eight shots and his cross set up Henry M to round the keeper for the 3rd.

Goalkeeper Josh was awarded player of the match on his debut for the club. He dived at the feet of several attackers, got clattered by a striker and caught an attempted high lob. His loud instructions and distribution helped the team build from the back; the defence and midfield gave Old Catton's players little time and space throughout the game.

Henry M's first goal was the team's second. Harry collected a short goal kick, stormed into the box and crossed to assist a tap in. Despite scoring two and creating two more, Henry M had the privilege of going home with the silly glasses - he missed a good chance and kicked the flag when taking a corner. On another day Harry might have won the glasses for pulling a calf muscle while attempting a bicycle kick.

After a pass from Alex, Alfie was taken down on the edge of the box. He stepped up to take the free kick, which sailed over the keeper for number 4. Tommy scored the fifth, after shots from Henry M and Ryleigh were stopped.

The whole team should be proud of how well they played, to take confidence into the next league match against leaders Bulldogs Marvels.


U15 Town Vs Swanton Morley Blacks

U15 Town secured a convincing 5-1 victory at home against a Swanton Morley team that beat them just two weeks ago. Henry M was the stand out player, scoring four, having another disallowed for offside and several chances blocked or saved. Town could have scored more - they had the ball in the net early on but there was a handball in the build up, a Henry M free kick just evaded several attackers heads, Tommy and Jim had shots saved.

The first goal was created by Reece, whose surging run on the left set up Henry M to turn a defender and place the ball under the keeper. Swanton Morley scored soon after - Welly saved well with her feet, only to see the rebound tucked in. Town retook the lead after Tommy's long range shot was spilled and Henry M tapped in. Before half time the Blacks had a potential equaliser disallowed for offside.

Two goals came in quick succession early in the second half: a long range effort from Henry M was followed by a clean strike that saw Ryleigh score his first for the U15s. In added time Jim charged into the box and was taken out by the keeper - Henry put the penalty to the left as the goalie dived the other way.

The team played incredibly well. After trying on their new training kit for the first time, they were fired up, determined to win, defended calmly, and competed throughout. They now sit fourth in League 2. With five in two Henry M is moving up the league's goalscoring charts.

U15 Town Vs Diss Tigers

Town put in an impressive performance this afternoon in the U15 Kappa Cup against a combative Diss Tigers side that plays their league football two divisions above. The three nil scoreline doesn't reflect how well they played against the Championship team, with the difference on paper not evident, particularly in an evenly matched first half. After the Diss goalkeeper caught Ryleigh's and Henry M's free kicks and Tommy put a shot just wide, Town we're frustrated to be a goal down at half time. Having come out on top in a one-on-one, Harry got his hand to the opposition's chipped shot, but it squeezed just under the bar.

The second half was tough, with Diss pressing hard and high. Tyler headed off the line from a corner, before a header at the back post made it two nil. Harry made further saves and Jack blocked a powerful shot. Fakenham fought on: Henry M's free kick hit the bar, Jim's cross just evaded a leaping Ryleigh's forehead. After a shot from the edge of box made it three, Jim surged into the box and was brought down by the Diss goalie. Harry's well struck penalty was pushed away by keeper, who then saved Tommy's attempt from rebound.

For the second game in a row Ryleigh was awarded player of the match (and no one did anything silly enough to earn the comedy glasses).  If Town continue to play like they did today and can score a few goals, it should be a good season.

Swanton Morley Blacks Vs U15 Town

It was a hard fought and evenly balanced game, but Town came out with a 3-1 defeat away at Swanton Morley Blacks in League 2. On another day Jack's header off the bar, and Harry's shots off the post, bar and goalkeeper's hand would have gone in, giving a different result.

With only 11 players available - and 10 at the end due to injury - the team should be proud of how they played in the scorching heat. Ryleigh was player of the match, out of position on left and right wings. Tyler's impressive sequence of sliding tackles resulted in a nose bleed and Alex managed to pull both calf muscles and save a shot with his face. When the team went down to ten, Swanton Morley's manager sportingly withdrew one of his players too.

Henry M's corners caused Swanton Morley's defence trouble all game, including one that evaded everyone and sneaked in at the back post. Wellie made a string of good saves and put off the opposition's number 9, so his penalty hit the bar. At one point half the team shouted 'Foul!', to which the referee responded: 'Well done, yes, that's a foul'.

Overall, a good performance with promising signs for the season ahead.