On Tuesday the 14th March, a strong and confident Fakenham Academy team took on Sheringham in a football game to take them to top of the league, leapfrogging North Walsham who we had already defeated 4-3, so this would be well deserved. We had played Sheringham last year and threw away a 2 goal lead to end up drawing 2-2, so we hoped this time for revenge and a strong performance leading us to victory.
We had brought in two changes from the last game; one being Tom Newstead at right back and the other being Luke Robinson in at left back. On a rare occasion, the sun was partially out and it was not raining at time of kick off, in fact it hadn't rained all day and was really dry and stable conditions for a football game…some would say these were ‘perfect’ conditions. At kick off, we looked confident and up for the challenge from the start with some strong passes around the midfield and a few stable, strong challenges when off the ball.
After 10 or so minutes after some scrappy football in the middle of the pitch, striker Steven Penny got played through by a Stanley Harvey through ball, to only slot it past the very able and experienced Sheringham keeper to make it 1-0 to Fakenham. From then you could argue we were on the back foot, and under the cosh for long periods of the game. The reason we didn't concede was due to die hard defending and passion to grasp and keep hold of our winning lead.
It's fair to say we had our lucky moments too, as I had kicked the ball accidentally at left back Luke Robinson to see it only roll past our post. Many people would agree it wasn't the most extravagant football we'd played, or the most entertaining game to watch, but for the rest of the game we held out, kept the clean sheet and won the game. After we had secured the lead we had a few half chances to go 2 up and increase our advantage, but unfortunately we couldn't make the most of them, although it doesn't really matter as we got the 3 points anyway and are currently sitting top of the table with one game to go vs Broadland, in which we could secure the league title and are hoping for a great attendance from students and teachers to see us out against a fairly strong team, who we actually happened to overcome last year and beat 3-1 with 10 men. Dayne (GK)