Vase win, cup draw for Wroxham

AFTER progressing to the next round of the FAVase, Wroxham were given a fright in the Norfolk Senior Cup by Yarmouth on Tuesday night.The Ridgeons Division One leaders went within a whisker of beating the Premier outfit but it ended in a 1-1 draw, to be replayed at Trafford Park next Tuesday.

AFTER progressing to the next round of the FAVase, Wroxham were given a fright in the Norfolk Senior Cup by Yarmouth on Tuesday night.

The Ridgeons Division One leaders went within a whisker of beating the Premier outfit but it ended in a 1-1 draw, to be replayed at Trafford Park next Tuesday. The Yachstmen host Newmarket on Saturday in the league.

Yarmouth 1, Wroxham 1

Martin McGee put the Bloaters in front seven minutes before the interval at The Wellesley in the Norfolk Senior Cup. Then 12 minutes from time, Wroxham's James Bulman equalised. There was a late scare for Wroxham in extra time as Yarmouth got a penalty, but keeper Scott Howie tipped the kick over the bar.

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Halstead 1, Wroxham 3

This was a first-class FA Vase performance by all the Wroxham players, who seemed to be back at their best. It booked a December 5 third-round trip to Buck-inghamshire side Flackwell Heath of the Hellenic League, the same tier as the Yachtsmen.

Wroxham boss David Batch said: 'In the first half we played very well and looked very professional and disciplined. The second half they got a goal back and it raised their spirits but it didn't take long for us to score again.'

He praised Halstead for battling hard but said his team had played very well and he had expected to win, being a division higher.

Wroxham had survived to the replay despite being one player down the previous Tuesday. 'I'm most pleased that the other night, when we were down to ten men for 105 minutes, the players worked hard and did their jobs and kept in the tie,' said Batch.

In the replay, Owen Paynter and Cook were up front to provide a more direct threat and were soon in action. But it was the home side who came close to scoring in the third minute when a cross ran straight across the Wroxham goal.

Wroxham took the lead when Steve Spriggs went on one of his runs and neatly put the ball into the corner of the net.

This spured Halstead into action and Howie was again in fine form having to pull off some good saves.

On the stroke of half-time Wroxham went further ahead when a good move from Spriggs set Paynter up from six yards.

He hit the ball straight at the keeper so hard it rebounded for Paul Cook to put it into the net.

Wroxham were pinned back and Halstead go their reward when a long ball dropped for a home forward to give Howie no chance.

Play went end to end and Wroxham soon restored their two-goal advantage. Spriggs was on target after a good move from Gilmore set him up.

Wroxham will be running a coach to the FAVase tie (tickets �10).

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