Holt United looked doomed after heavy derby defeats

PUBLISHED: 10:33 13 April 2017

Diss Town have a new manager. Picture: Archant

Diss Town have a new manager. Picture: Archant


North Walsham travelled to local rivals Holt and returned to winning ways in emphatic fashion as they came away with a 6-1 win.

Holt were up for the battle, with their position in Division One and senior football at risk, and played a high tempo pressing game, which gave Walsham little time on the ball.

But as the game progressed Walsham’s passing game began to take control and they broke the deadlock after 11 minutes when David Hinton ran onto an AJ Johnson throughball to slot home.

A surging run from Matty Downing then saw the ball fired across the Holt goal, with Liam Clarke just unable to connect.

However, lost possession in the middle of the pitch by Walsham saw Holt break quickly and score an equaliser through Lee Clarke.

The game was then end to end, with Walsham playing the ball around, and creating chances, and Holt quick to play on the counter-attack,

However in the 41st minute Jay Robertson headed clear and Downing passed to Hinton, who fired home to give Walsham a 2-1 lead. With half-time looming, Clarke then finished off a neat passing move to make it 3-1 at the break.

The second half saw Walsham take control of the game, and dominate the play, with Holt limited to the odd break at goal, only to find Jake Munday, Stu Dunlop and Jay Robertson solid.

Adam Johnson was introduced just after half-time and added pace to the front line and twice caused the Holt defence problems, before Downing broke and slotted in.

Walsham created several more opportunities before Johnson fired home after Clarke’s shot had been saved. With five minutes remaining Downing headed in at the far post to complete the scoring. This was a great team performance from Walsham, with all players performing well.

The result was a huge blow to Holt’s hopes of avoiding the drop, and they all but disappeared when they were thrashed 8-0 in another derby at Aylsham. Phil Read (2), Jack Mollicone (2), Jamie Oliver (2), Tom Bush and Will Abbs got the goals as the hosts finished a promising campaign on a high note. Holt now need to win their final game against Scole while Dersingham lost both theirs, with a goal differential of five being overturned, to stay up.

North Walsham lost 2-0 at Bungay on Saturday. They visit Mundford on Saturday.

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