Angels' manager steps down
AFC Norwich 3, North Walsham Town 4Following the game, John Musgrove announced his resignation as Town's manager. Riki Chase and Matthew Lown have to agreed to take on the mantle for the rest of the season and will be hoping for more of the spirit and commitment that was displayed in the second half.
AFC Norwich 3, North Walsham Town 4
Following the game, John Musgrove announced his resignation as Town's manager.
Riki Chase and Matthew Lown have to agreed to take on the mantle for the rest of the season and will be hoping for more of the spirit and commitment that was displayed in the second half.
The club thank John Musgrove for his efforts over the past three seasons, and he will always be welcome at Greens Road.
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The Anglian Combination Premier Division match at Pound Lane saw two contrasting halves.
Playing on a sticky surface and into a stiff breeze, the Angels failed to gain any foothold on the proceedings and were being outfought in every area as their energetic opponents got on top.
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They seemed to have weathered the early storm, but then Rob Marsh failed to deal with a cross-field ball and his opponent capitalised and slotted past Kellett.
The Angels attempted to nullify their opponents' threat but their work was undone by a controversial second goal, the AFC Norwich striker looked well offside before he lobbed Kellett. A third goal was conceded soon after when a poor clearance was punished.
A stern half-time team talk and a slight tinkering of the tactics saw a rejuvenated Walsham take to the field. They took control and pulled an early goal back when Darren Miller blasted home from close range.
The Angels were beginning to gain in confidence with Ramsbottom and Knowles proving a thorn in the home defence and youngsters Marsh and Gainsford providing good width.
Midway through the half a two goal salvo brought the scores level. Craig Knowles flicked Cullington's downward header into the roof of the net before he turned provider with a great pass to release Adam Ramsbottom, who fired into the bottom corner.
Maxey put his body on the line with a courageous block in the six-yard box before he had to be replaced by Lown.
With 87 minutes on the clock, Town grabbed the winner. A poor clearance by the keeper was picked up by Craig Knowles, who lobbing into the unguarded net from 35 yards.
This completed a fine comeback by the Angels, but they know cannot afford to perform as abjectly as they did in the first half in upcoming games.