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Manager scores winner

PUBLISHED: 11:24 23 October 2008 | UPDATED: 09:12 13 July 2010

CRC 1, Wroxham 2

Wroxham gained all three points with a sensational winner five minutes before the end when Damien Hilton, the Wroxham manager, came on as substitute to breast the ball down and drive past the keeper.

CRC 1, Wroxham 2

Wroxham gained all three points with a sensational winner five minutes before the end when Damien Hilton, the Wroxham manager, came on as substitute to breast the ball down and drive past the keeper.

An excellent game played on a billiard table surface entertained a meagre gathering of fans at Cambridge United's ground and at the end of the first period the scores were level at one apiece - a fair outcome for both teams, writes Roy Webster.

The young Cambridge outfit went ahead in the 14th minute when an in-swinging corner from Lewis Carr got caught in the wind and floated into the top left-hand corner.

It was the spark that lit the fuse to the Yachtsmen's passing game and Cook set up Gilmore whose cross-shot was clutched down by Sam Beagle at the second attempt.

The young Cambridgeshire side were now adopting the long ball game relying more on the pace of their frontrunners and they looked exceedingly dangerous when a break gave possession to Patrick who fired across goal and out of play.

The Yachtmen immediately responded by sailing down the left that when the ball came in inches behind Key his attempted hook shot finished as a toe punt that almost hit the corner flag.

Still Wroxham pressed forward with White playing wide on the right delivering to Cook whose header was met by Lemmon only to flash wide.

The goal that Wroxham promised duly arrived in the 38th minute when a three-man move between Lemmon, Howes and Key resulted in the latter crossing low and hard to the near post where Paul Cook nipped in to give the keeper no chance.

Now both sides had settled into an excellent example of entertaining Ridgeons football and the home side seemed almost certain to go ahead again only for Eades to clear the bar.

Then MacNally was forced to race from his line to pounce on the ball to resolve a dangerous situation.

The second half developed into a strenuous midfield tussle for position with neither keeper troubled until Yambusa beat two defenders on the right and crossed low and hard into Wroxham's six- yard box only for the ball to skip across the face of goal.

At the other end Gilman broke to set up Lemmon on the edge of the box but he leaned back and lifted the ball over.

Then came Hilton's winner.

On Tuesday night, in the Ridgeons Challenge Cup first round, Wroxham won 3-0 at March.


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