Wroxham all set for derby after shock league result
IT's derby time tomorrow (Friday) night when Ridgeons side Wroxham host Anglian Combination Premier Division leaders Cromer Town in the Norfolk Senior Cup, ko 7.45pm.
Surprise of the day in the Ridgeons League on Saturday was second-placed Wroxham being held to a draw by Premier basement side Brantham – despite having two players more by the end of the game after a flurry of red cards.
It was definitely a missed opportunity for Wroxham in a generally poor display.
The sides shared four goals with one Wroxham man and three of the visitors' players being sent off in a match full of controversy.
Wroxham manager David Batch said he would be lodging a complaint, but admitted: 'It's a shame, but we didn't play particularly well and didn't take enough of the good chances we created and gave away two penalties.
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'The last three league goals conceded have been penalties. While that's the only way people are scoring against us, it's not helpful.'
The Yachtsmen take a break from league action for two weeks – after Cromer in the Senior Cup tomorrow they meet St Ives in the FA Vase third round the folllowing Saturday.
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At the weekend, Shaun Howes hit the first penalty after 26 minutes after Andrew French had been sent off for a late tackle.
On 75 minutes Brantham equalised, again from the spot, through David Grimwood.
Then Gary Gilmore scored the Yachtsmen's second after Jamie Atkins had made amends for giving away the earlier penalty by putting in a great ball from the right.
Adam Bloss was sent off for a late challenge then Gavin Lemmon also got his marching orders before Olly Mann made it all square at 2-2 with yet another penalty. then Jack Sibbons was sent off.