Angels need a fisnishing touch
North Walsham Town 0, Acle United 2TOWN again rued missed chances as they succumbed to a second successive 2-0 reverse.The opening exchanges were a preview of things to come as Town wasted a good chance when Reynolds was unable to keep his strike down.
North Walsham Town 0, Acle United 2
TOWN again rued missed chances as they succumbed to a second successive 2-0 reverse.
The opening exchanges were a preview of things to come as Town wasted a good chance when Reynolds was unable to keep his strike down.
Walsham were dealt a blow just after the half- hour mark when the visitors moved ahead. After a ball was half-cleared, the resulting cross was headed by Sage, but his clearance struck an attacker and then ricocheted towards goal. Keeper Talbot scrambled to clear the ball by his post, but an assistant adjudged that the ball had crossed the line.
Town had two opportunities to equalise but Davies fired over and Wheeler hooked wide.
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Second-half pressure brought numerous chances, but the vital breakthrough was not found. Reynolds was thwarted by the Acle keeper, who then spread himself to block Abbs moments later.
The best chance fell to Reynolds on 57 minutes when he broke free onto Wheeler's pass but could only fire against the legs of the keeper. A low cross from Abbs resulted in a game of pinball in the Acle area, ended when the ball looped conveniently into the keeper's hands as he lay prone on his line.
Town introduced Davis and Payne and finally Davison in an attempt to salvage something but in the final moments Acle killed off the game.
A cheap free-kick was conceded and the shot was too hot for Talbot to hold and an onrushing attacker tapped home.
Chase and Lown cannot complain with the effort and determination shown, but they must surely be on the lookout for a proven goalscorer.
With a free Saturday coming up, the management team has until the visit to Loddon on September 11 to get the situation resolved.
North Walsham Town 0, Dersingham 2
The visitors were high in confidence following their 7-0 drubbing of Brandon and they brought a strong side to Greens Road.
Despite playing into a stiff wind, Town started the game brightly and went close to opening the scoring on five minutes, Reynolds header palmed to safety by the visiting keeper.
The Angels seemed to be lacking that bit of quality in the final third and each attack was snuffed out by confident goalkeeping or strong defending.
On 37 minutes, Town were hit by a sucker punch. A needless free-kick was conceded 30 yards out and English whipped a shot over the wall and into the top corner.
It un-nerved Walsham and they became shaky. This indecision led to a second Dersingham goal just before the break. A loose ball on halfway was snaffled by a Dersingham player and with the Town midfield having gone AWOL, he strode on and hit a low shot from 20 yards. Talbot was unable to gather it at the first attempt and the Dersingham winger knocked the ball into the empty net.
The interval saw the management team to call for a concerted effort to get back into the encounter and to play with commitment and discipline.
This was carried out. Grand skewed a volley wide, Allen didn't connect properly with a half-chance, Hanby fired Reynolds' pull-back inches wide.
Further changes were made as Town threw caution to the wind.