Robins in full song
Reepham Town first team manager Shane Lutkin was a happy man this weekend.He said: 'I was very pleased with the club's results this weekend. All four men's teams won; the A team beat Ketts Tavern Toucans 3-1 and after a period of instability look like promotion contenders in this their first year of existence.
Reepham Town first team manager Shane Lutkin was a happy man this weekend.
He said: 'I was very pleased with the club's results this weekend. All four men's teams won; the A team beat Ketts Tavern Toucans 3-1 and after a period of instability look like promotion contenders in this their first year of existence.
'The Ressies are flying high, with a terrific team which combines youth and experience. The first team won 1-0 at Holt United, following three defeats, but this week's star team must be the Sunday boys who ripped the visiting Griffin team to pieces 7-1 and could go top if they win their games in hand.'
This Saturday the Robins first team visit Corton hoping to complete a double following a
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Holt 0, Reepham 1
After the previous week's
non-event of a game against Stalham - where three points were expected, but a less than confident Reepham capitulated and came away empty handed - Reepham boss Lutkin made several changes. In came Leon Huckle, Kevin White, Colin Emberley and Rodney Drake.
The Holt pitch was flat, but slippery on top and it soon began to cut up. In the first ten minutes Reepham struggled to get into any rhythm, but soon they got on top and Leon Huckle, Mark Gaskin and Kevin White went close before James Page burst through, brushing aside Matthew Sanders and Jeff Lark forcing David Thomson into an excellent save. Twelve first-half corners for the visitors were either wasted with poor deliveries or scrambled clear.
Lutkin said: 'I told the lads at the break, that we were improving slowly and had we been four up no one could have complained. We needed patience, whilst focusing on the basics.'
In the second half the game began to open up and despite controlling the proceedings it was a Kevin Moore header from a Holt corner that nearly gave the home team the lead.
The Robins' Beau Howard had a header from a corner saved by David Thomson and the ensuing scramble saw the score remain 0-0. With 20 minutes left a good move saw Page ram the ball in from 15 yards and the points were Reepham's.
The visitors' superior fitness started to show and they pressed effectively.
Chris Holmes, Reepham's assistant manager, stated: 'We were a lot better than last week, that's for sure. There was steady improvement throughout the game and eventually you could see the confidence grow. We should move forward from here.'
Meloncollie Rose of Reepham MoM: James Page, developing into a fine young player.