Keeper stars for Shannocks
AFC Norwich 1, Sheringham FC 3SHERINGHAM FC owed much to Andy Jackson for this victory as a string of outstanding saves earned the Shannocks the three points and with them a climb into second place behind Acle and with a game in hand.
AFC Norwich 1, Sheringham FC 3
SHERINGHAM FC owed much to Andy Jackson for this victory as a string of outstanding saves earned the Shannocks the three points and with them a climb into second place behind Acle and with a game in hand.
Sheringham arrived at Thorpe Park determined to put past poor performances behind them, writes Shannock Bill.
A strong line-up took to the field and for the first 10 minutes looked as if the win would be easily achieved as AFC Norwich hardly got out of their half. Good play down the left between Kristian Gleave and King saw a perfect ball played to Fox, but his soft shot went straight to the keeper.
Holmes was next to try his luck and his shot just went narrowly wide. King was put through by Gleave but his run was delayed and shot wide.
Then the home side applied pressure and a number of good chances were foiled by Jackson making a couple of outstanding saves. After an innocuous challenge Olly King had to leave the field after 28 minutes with a nasty cut to his lip which needed hospital treatment. Goal machine Roy Bevies replaced him and he scuffed an early chance.
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AFC Norwich finished the half stronger as the game became very scrappy particularly in midfield.
Second half the Shannocks came out with a more determined attitude in their quest for honours. Holmes and Kristian Gleave were more prominent down the flanks, creating their own opportunities, their shots well saved.
Eastaugh was beginning to dictate in the middle, allowing Edridge to display his array of passes. Holmes was released by Edridge and his cross was perfectly met at the near post by Fox with a glancing header for the lead on 57 minutes.
This was short-lived as AFC Norwich fought back strongly and scored after some sloppy defending from the middle of the park.
Sheringham, under pressure, finally got their act together and another good move saw a sliderule pass by Edridge to Bevis. He still had plenty to do but shrugged off his marker to make room before calmly picking his spot to shoot past the stranded keeper.
Manager Kowalyk sent on Lacey and Carver which gave the Shannocks a more stable look. But it didn't stop AFC Norwich from mounting a couple of culminating in man of the match Jackson pulling off another couple of exceptional saves.
Holmes, still looking for his goal that his display deserved, took on the full back, then the centre half before unleashing a power drive, giving the keeper no chance.
The defence of Amis, Andy Gleave, skipper Jordan and Banham had a difficult job but overall played well. Jackson showed why the club took the steps to secure his signature.
This victory took the Shannocks into a challenging position, and with games in hand they look nicely placed for a Sterry Cup challenge.
On Saturday, Sheringham FC host Brandon (2pm kick off) who are in third spot albeit having played three more games than the Shannocks.