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Shannocks boosted by hard earned point against high-flyers Blofield

PUBLISHED: 19:10 21 February 2012

Sheringham’s improved from since the turn of the year continued last week when they emerged from their home clash with high-flying Blofield with a hard-earned draw.

The Shannocks had bounced back from a poor spell before the unscheduled winter break, taking four points from a possible six to consolidate their position in the top half of the Anglian Combination Premier Division table.

And they continued the good work last Wednesday, drawing 1-1 against one of division’s in-form sides to leave player manager Ben Price well satisfied with his team’s efforts.

“The first thing to say is that the lads worked really hard throughout the match and fully deserved to take something from it,” he said. “It was always going to be tough against a good side like Blofield, especially as we hadn’t played for a few weeks because of the weather, but we did well and could easily have won it.

“We went ahead in the first half and it was just a shame that some poor defending then cost us a goal.

“But overall I can’t complain and after the start to the season we had I’m happy to be where we are at the moment. A few of the sides below us have games in hand, so we might be in a slightly false position, but I would certainly have taken where new are now at the start.”

The Shannocks, who were stunned by the exit of new manager Bruce Cunningham on the eve of the current campaign, have battled their way to sixth position and will be looking to consolidate on Saturday when they play host to fourth-placed Mattishall (2.30).

Last Wednesday Sheringham took only 14 minutes to take the lead when Lee Edwards headed home a corner from his brother Tony, with Matthew Hooker making sure after the ball had crossed the line.

They held the lead until the 55th minute when Chris Holmes’ shot on the turn deceived the home defence and found the back of the net.

Lee Edwards later hit the crossbar for Sheringham, while Andy Jackson produced a superb save to deny Holmes, before both sides settled for a share of the spoils.

Elsewhere in the Premier Division North Walsham slipped further into trouble on Saturday when they were beaten 4-0 at home by Wroxham Reserves, with Luke Thacker scoring twice for the Yachtsmen and Rio Starkings and Jamie Smith also on target.

The Angels, now just three points clear of the bottom three, continue their search for a first win in 2012 on Saturday (2.30) when they travel to a Loddon side two places and three points above them in the table.

Holt had an afternoon to forget in Division One as they lost 5-0 to neighbours Reepham at Stimpsons Piece. Stephen Drake scored twice for the home side while Mark George, Ashley Dearing and Nathan Savage added to the Owls’ misery. Holt have no fixture this weekend due to other teams’ cup commitments.


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