Mixed fortunes for travelling Owls

AFC Norwich 1, Holt United 0After their win in midweek at Watton, Holt manager Jason Hawkins was able to name an unchanged line-up for their for their visit to AFC Norwich, which was decided by a late goal.

AFC Norwich 1, Holt United 0

After their win in midweek at Watton, Holt manager Jason Hawkins was able to name an unchanged

line-up for their for their visit to

AFC Norwich, which was decided by a late goal.

On a small pitch with a poor playing surface, the home team had the better of the early exchanges but never bothered Justyn Goff in the Holt goal, who was bravely playing with a broken nose.

With 20 minutes gone AFC had a good shout for a penalty, but the referee missed Chris Hopper's hand- ball in the box. Putting that scare behind them, the Owls hit back and from a good pass from Robin Webdale, Matthew Sanders broke clear but dragged his shot wide.

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Sanders was seeing plenty of the ball but was unable to deliver the crosses for Billy Edwards and Webdale. Next to try his luck down the left was Steven Thompson, but after a superb run his cross was saved by the home keeper.

The second half followed the same pattern. Both teams were guilty of constantly giving the ball away. An AFC free-kick went through a crowd of players and rebounded off a post with Goff beaten. Soon after Goff pulled off a good save.

With time just about up Norwich gabbed the winner. A long hopeful punt was taken in his stride by Falgate, who lobbed the advancing Goff from 20 yards.

On Saturday the teams meet again at Holt Sport Centre, 2.30.

Watton United 1, Holt United 4

FOR their midweek match away to fellow strugglers, Holt were able to select David Thompson, Billy Edwards and Colm McGilway, replacing the suspended Kevin Moore, Toby Blowers and injured Mark Lindon-Ball.

On an extremely heavy pitch, Holt created the first chance when a great cross from Matthew Sanders was put behind for a corner. The same player saw his 20-yard shot fly just wide.

There was a lengthy break for an injury to Chris Hopper. After recovering, Hopper's shot flew just over a Watton upright. Edwards was working his socks off in attack and was the next to test Webster, who pulled off a good save.

With half-time fast approaching Watton took the lead when a cross from the left found Bloomfield, who with two defenders standing watching shot past Goff from 10 yards.

The Owls soon drew level in the second half when Robin Webdale sent in a great cross from the right to the onrushing Hopper, who slid the ball into the back of the net.

Five minutes later another lengthy delay came when Goff took a blow to the face which took five minutes of treatment. To his credit he carried on.

With 58 minutes gone Holt went in front when again Webdale set up the chance, this time Sanders scoring from the edge of the box.

By then McGilway had replaced Hopper. And he soon made his presence felt when, after good work from Edwards, he passed to McGilway who blasted the ball into the roof of the net.

Holt's goal came under siege. With 10 minutes to go Goff pulled off a great save from the dangerous Nichols. Holt brought on Luke Williamson for David Thompson who had had an excellent game in midfield.

With time just about up Williamson was brought down in the penalty

area and from the resulting penalty Sanders scored his second of the evening.

A vital three points for a Holt team that showed great spirit and desire for the whole 90 minutes.