Injury to Angels' keeper halts game
NORTH Walsham Town's opening game of the 2010/11 campaign away at champions Blofield United turned into an anti-climax.The game was abandoned after 63 minutes due to a serious head injury to The Angels' goalkeeper Talbot, which led to him being taken to hospital for precautionary scans.
NORTH Walsham Town's opening game of the 2010/11 campaign away at champions Blofield United turned into an anti-climax.
The game was abandoned after 63 minutes due to a serious head injury to The Angels' goalkeeper Talbot, which led to him being taken to hospital for precautionary scans.
Town's line-up saw a number of different faces after a flurry of activity during the close season.
The Greens Road revolving door had seen Talbot, Sage, Tindall, Reynolds, Abbs and Fitzgerald come in and Palmer, Piper, Hinton, Wilton and Clarke depart for pastures new.
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Five of the six signings were included in the starting line-up, with Reynolds taking a spot on the bench alongside Davies and Marsh.
Davison, Gainsford and Hanby's services were not called upon.
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Town started the game refreshingly and were giving the Blofield backline a series of questions to answer with Davies and Abbs having particular joy, Fitzgerald and Cini linking well, whilst the Town rearguard were resolutely holding firm.
The first half in its entirety was fairly even with The Angels having more chances, whilst The Beavers were having the best of the possession.
The major chance of the half fell to Fitzgerald when he broke clear on to Abbs' through ball, but he curled his shot inches past a post as Woodcock narrowed the angle.
The second half only lasted 18 minutes before the unfortunate incident in the Town area when Talbot claimed a loose ball and was the victim of a crunching challenge by Brown.
This led to the emergency services being called and referee Timms calling a halt to proceedings due to the fading light. This decision led to a few disgruntled comments from the sidelines, but there can be no doubt that the officials made the correct call.
Just prior to this, Blofield had taken the lead when they caught Town on the break.
A swift attack down their right saw a cross find its way to Hurren, who got the better of Sage, and the Blofield striker fired in a shot which ricocheted off the recovering Sage and high into the net.
This was an enterprising, but ultimately false, start by The Angels and it is hoped that further improvements can be made in upcoming games.
This begins with a tough home game with Dersingham, who began their season hugely impressively with a 7-0 romp at Brandon.
Thanks went to the Blofield physio who stepped in to perform his duties for both teams, due to Town's medical team being away on holiday.
He admirably provided great assistance with Talbot's injury.