Injury mars great game for Angels U18
Kirkley & Pakefield U18 0, North Walsham Town U18 1 (abandoned 90 mins, serious injury)With over two minutes time added on already played and only 90 seconds remaining, Town right-back Glen Trevatt went into a 50/50 tackle and suffered a double break in the lower part of a leg.
Kirkley & Pakefield U18 0, North Walsham Town U18 1 (abandoned 90 mins, serious injury)
With over two minutes time added on already played and only 90 seconds remaining, Town right-back Glen Trevatt went into a 50/50 tackle and suffered a double break in the lower part of a leg.
This subsequently led to the game being abandoned. Glen is wished a speedy recovery and the club will offer him support in his recovery.
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Walsham thank Kirkley for their help and assistance in dealing with the injury and for their permission to allow the result to stand.
Overall, it was possibly the best performance of the season from North Walsham, overshadowed by that horrific injury.
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Walsham had already beaten their counterparts in an enthralling cup tie.
League leaders the Angels started brightly on a hard surface and looked to spread the play to either wing.
However, Kirkley created the better opening chances, forcing Munday into two early saves, including tipping over excellently from a well-hit free-kick.
Walsham had their chances as Hanby flicked over from a Gainsford corner, Broom had two blocked shots after cutting in from the left, and had Gainsford only been a bit greedier
and gone for goal instead of passing when in the box, the scoreline may have read differently to 0-0 at the interval.
In the second half Kirkley looked promising on the break with pace down both flanks, however the Walsham back line was standing tall, marshalled well by Stuart Dunlop.
With 20 minutes of the second half played, Town made the breakthrough after Hanby pinged a 50-yard pass over the top of the Kirkley full-back.
Broom latched onto the ball and unleashed a superb left-foot volley across the stranded home keeper inside the far post.
Walsham pressed with Gainsford having a goal-destined shot blocked and the home keeper saving another effort from the hard-working striker.
Kirkley threw men forward looking for a late goal but were thwarted by the inspirational Munday who was setting an excellent captain's example.
Hanby made a last-ditch goal saving tackle and from the subsequent corner Henderson cleared off the line, but the whistle had already gone for a foul on Munday.
With the game going into injury time there was still time for Jonny Davison to rattle the Kirkley post with a 25-yard volley.
MoM: Daniel Broom.
Team: Munday, Trevatt, Henderson, Akers, Hanby, Lester, Davison, Dunlop, Gainsford, Broom, Hyland. Subs: London, Brady, Harvey.
Manager Clarke was delighted with the performance and has a headache selection for the trip to Bungay Town.
Defender Marcus Godbold is available after being granted a transfer from title rivals Yarmouth.
North Walsham Town U18 3, Norwich United U18 0
THIS was North Walsham U18's first game in two months due to games been postponed.
United came to Greens Road looking to end the table-toppers' unbeaten record. Walsham were able to include new signing Steve Davis in the starting line-up to make his debut in midfield with Robert Marsh unavailable.
Town started a little sluggishly and it took a while for them start, passing the ball around on a very heavy pitch.
New signing Davis was providing the through-balls for front pair Gainsford and Broom, however no breakthrough could be made against an improved Norwich United team from the one Town beat 6-1 in September.
With 35 minutes gone, North Walsham got their noses in front
when Andrew Hanby stabbed home from close range after Glen Trevatt pressured the goalkeeper in an aerial challenge.
The Angels carried this one-goal advantage into half-time where manager Lee Clarke emphasised how the next goal was crucial.
At the start of the second half, Broom had been put wide right and Davis up front and it was not long before Broom was beating the full-back with his pace. With the speedy Aaron Hyland operating on the left wing there was always a threat to United's defence.
The goal which Clarke called for came as Broom received the ball on halfway and galloped past his man on the wing before sending over a cross/shot which deceived everyone and dropped underneath the bar into the net.
With captain Jake Munday having to make only one save up to this point it looked odds on that the Town faithful would be going home happy on a cold and windy evening.
With 25 minutes remaining, Town grabbed a third when Broom had a free-kick blocked and it fell for debutant Steve Davis.
His first touch fell into the path of the oncoming Gainsford who tapped home from six yards, denying the unlucky Davis a debut goal.
With the game wrapped up, Clarke sent on three substitutes for a run-out and brought off front two Davis
and Gainsford for a well-deserved rest.
Town were rarely tested upon at the back despite a late press from the visitors. It was a welcome return to action and three more valuable points in bid for the league title.
MoM: Aaron Hyland.
Team: Munday, Trevatt, Dunlop, Larter, Hanby, Davison, Lester, Davis, Broom, Gainsford, Hyland. Subs: Brady, Henderson, London, Harvey.