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Precious points for Yachtsmen

PUBLISHED: 20:02 18 October 2010

Wroxham 3, Mildenhall Town 2

Wroxham came from behind to earn a precious three points with two goals in the last five minutes.

The Yachtsmen attacked from the off and a free-kick from Lemmon appeared to have been handled in the area but the referee, who was well positioned, ruled ‘play on’.

An excellent diagonal cross field ball from Ross Durrant found Damian Hilton who decided to have a crack but fluffed the chance with an air shot.

Mildenhall’s Andrew Wood chased a long ball but good anticipation by Nathan Pauling as he raced out meant he got to the ball first and was able to hoof clear.

Wroxham deservedly took the lead on seven minutes when Danny Boswell’s shot from the edge of the area was palmed down by Pope straight into the path of Ross Durrant who gratefully tucked the ball away.

Durrant almost doubled the lead two minutes later when the keeper again made a mistake and dropped a cross from the left and the Wroxham forward had time to control the ball but from a narrow angle his shot hit the upright and went out.

Good work by Harvey saw him race down the left for The Hall outpacing Jamie Atkins before skilfully turning inside to get in a dangerous cross but there was no-one to follow up.

On 15 minutes Mildenhall gained a free-kick on the left and right-back David Cooper’s kick evaded his forwards but Wroxham managed to clear for a corner.

But the visitors were now getting forward in numbers and Harvey brought a brilliant save from Pauling before Carus got back to clear.

Wroxham were being pegged back and the players showed their frustration as they were not keeping possession.

It was no surprise when the dangerous Michael Harvey got between Atkins and Challen on the edge of the area to finish off in some style with a clever lob with the outside of his boot over Pauling to equalise.

Graham Challen was first to go in referee O’Sullivans book for a tackle from behind. A mistake between Carus and Pauling almost gave away another goal and were fortunate as the ball was deflected off a Mildenhall player for a goal-kick.

Mildenhall took the lead on 50 minutes when a cross from the left fell for John Sands who buried his shot wide of Pauling’s diving save and into the bottom corner.

Whereas Wroxham had been in the driving seat at the start of the first half it was the visitors who were now in charge and it called for changes for the home side. Claudio Langlois came on replacing Gavin Lemmon.

Wroxham had another lucky let off when Challen lost the ball midway in the Wroxham half and Sands shot was straight at Pauling who excelled two minutes later with a double save from Tom Youngs.

Desperate measures were called for and Stew Barker was replaced by Alain Bruel. The second of the Frenchmen soon made a mark with a cross that led to three corners but nothing came of them.

Gary Gilmore then replaced Daniels for the final twenty minutes as the home side tried to get something from a game that was slipping away from them as Hilton and Carus both went in the book.

Then a bit of luck went their way as Durrant went crashing down just inside the corner of the area on 85 minutes and the referee awarded a penalty. This was taken by Owen Paynter with supreme accuracy into the top corner to give the Mildenhall keeper no chance.

Finally with just a couple of minutes left from a long period of injury time caused mainly by the visitors delaying tactics, Wroxham got the winner. Bruel’s corner was headed on by Josh Carus perfectly for Damain Hilton to head home.


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