Yachtsmen, Robins, Stalham impress
Wroxham 1, Harwich and Parkeston 0Referee Stephen Artis had issued two red cards and four yellows by the interval.In the 16th minute Paul Cook was shown red for colliding with the keeper and Steve Harley was shown yellow for attempting to point out it was a 50-50 ball with Nathan Munson.
Wroxham 1, Harwich and Parkeston 0
Referee Stephen Artis had issued two red cards and four yellows by the interval.
In the 16th minute Paul Cook was shown red for colliding with the keeper and Steve Harley was shown yellow for attempting to point out it was a 50-50 ball with Nathan Munson.
Immediately after Danny White had a clear chance to put the Yachtsmen ahead but blazed over from eight yards and then immediately was shown yellow for what the referee decided was a late tackle on Stace.
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The visitors' Adam Cheeseworth was booked and what little positive play was achieved between these incidents was highlighted by McAnally who saved point-blank from Bethell.
The referee sent off the visiting No 4 Adam Warren. Then his brother Ben Warren was shown yellow.
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Again Wroxham could have gone ahead when Harley delivered an excellent through-ball to White who then prodded it too far ahead, allowing Munson to boot clear.
Heavy showers turned the surface into skid-pan conditions and the quality of play deteriorated further second half. The referee issued one more yellow card, to visiting player Carmichael.
A draw seemed on the cards when in the last two minutes defender Gavin Pauling let fly from 35 yards with a splendid daisy-cutter that Munson appeared to have covered. But the ball slipped through his hands into the back of the net for three vital points to keep Wroxham in the running for a top-three finish in the Ridgeons Premier.
Wroxham: McAnally, Pauling, Howes, Challen, Halliday, Self, White, Lemmon, Cook, Harley, Gilmore. Subs: Carus, Key.
On Saturday, Wroxham are at Stanway.
Poringland Wanderers 1, Reepham Town 2
This game saw top of the table versus second in this Anglian Combination Division Two promotion clash.
Both sets of players struggled to come to terms with the strong winds and greasy pitch. However Reepham's Shaun Belton came close when winger Mark Gaskin crossed after two minutes, but the ball zipped off the surface and Belton kneed the ball into keeper Jason Trett's hands.
For the entire first half Poringland dominated with their direct approach and on 25 minutes Matt Elwin scored following a free-kick.
John Cawston dragged down Leon Huckle and a penalty was awarded, which Shaun Belton converted for the Robins.
The second half saw the visitors kicking up the hill and into the wind and rain, but they slowly took control.
Gaskin could have scored as he burst through and Jason Hynd and Kevin White both hit the side netting. Bramble had a header scooped off the line.
With five minutes to go Nick Cawston fouled White on the 18-yard box and Belton left Trett rooted.
Reepham Meloncaulie Rose man of the match was the experienced skipper Kevin White who was instrumental in orchestrating the second half authority.
On Saturday Reepham are away to CEYMS in a 2.30pm kick-off.
Long Stratton 2, Stalham 4
Stalham smashed their way back to winning ways.
Stalham, despite being the best side during the first half, found themselves 2-0 down at the break after two poor mistakes.
First Scott George played a sloppy one-two then gave the ball away, Stratton broke and scored, and then keeper Nicholls made a penalty save. Stratton went further ahead when Tindell gave the ball away, Stratton crossed low, the ball going in off Scott George.
After the break Stalham pulled a goal back when Johnny Bell whipped in a quality ball that John Gannon volleyed home.
Town were soon level when Micky Reynolds was fouled in the box and Dave Dockerty smashed home the resulting spot kick.
Ten minutes later Duncan Beane scored a peach from the halfway line after seeing the keeper off his line. Then to round things off, Dave Docs smashed home a glorious close-range header for 4-2.
Stalham's A team won 4-3 at North Walsham OB (Chris Brown, Carl Bailey (2) and Damien Duff. Man of the Match: Captain Carl Bailey.