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Poor start for champs Sheringham

PUBLISHED: 09:32 03 September 2009 | UPDATED: 09:55 13 July 2010

Last season's champions Sheringham find themselves bottom of Anglian Combination Premier Division after defeats from their three opening matches.

A much-changed Shannocks outfit's latest reverse was 3-1 at home by Hempnall.

Last season's champions Sheringham find themselves bottom of Anglian Combination Premier Division after defeats from their three opening matches.

A much-changed Shannocks outfit's latest reverse was 3-1 at home by Hempnall.

Kristian Jones,Sam Page and Kelvin Willimott were the scorers for the visitors, with Chris Holmes on target for the hosts.

Hoveton Wherrymen 1, Sheringham Reserves 3

SHERINGHAM Reserves belatedly kicked off their campaign. Hoveton having won their opening game 8-1 against South Walsham were a substantial test of the young Shannocks' title credentials.

With Jonny Abbs, Ben Price, Ben Abbs, Matthew Groves and Grant Youngs all unavailable Sheringham found themselves without a keeper, injured skipper Ben Price gamely offered his services to help the team out.

A high tempo start saw Sheringham pin back Hoveton, but the home side drew first blood, capitalising on some uncharacteristically poor defending to take the lead, Price with no chance.

The Shannocks refused to be moved. Strong pressure ensued, and after good work from Liam Tyce and Phil Durham, Billy Edwards opened his account. Further chances came and went, with Hoveton chasing shadows at times.

Sheringham then lost Phillip Durham to injury, Kelvin Gitau taking his place on the right-wing.

The second half saw Sheringham pushing and chances again came and went. But after great work from Long, Billy Edwards scored his second.

A relentless assault on the Hoveton goal followed and after more fine work from Long, M Hooker scored the third goal.

Sheringham saw the game out, with keeper Price called into action only once.

An excellent team performance emphasising how motivated the Reserves are after the successes of last season.

A commanding display from both Steven Patterson and Andy Hooker provided the foundation for a one-sided affair, aided by notable performers Chris Long and Kelvin Gitau.


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