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Disappointing Easter for Waveney FC

PUBLISHED: 09:31 21 April 2017

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Waveney had a disappointing Easter, suffering two home defeats to slip down to fifth in the Anglian Combination Premier Division table.

They lost 3-1 to Norwich Ceyms on Saturday before going down 1-0 to Long Stratton on Monday.

A very poor first half performance cost Waveney on Saturday afternoon as they gifted all three goals to a hard working and committed Ceyms.

Barry Franklin made his debut against his former club and the goalkeeper must have wondered what he’d let himself in for after a poor defensive display left him with no chance of stopping any of the goals.

After a quick double from Ceyms Waveney fought back as Bradley Hough played in Sam Shepherd who reduced the deficit and gave his side some hope.

But within minutes Ceyms restored their two goal advantage with a header from a corner.

Waveney replaced Hammersley and Grigg with Bloomfield and King at the break.

They did improve in the second half but for all their possession they failed to test the keeper and slipped to a disappointing defeat against a team near the foot of the table.

There was a good performance from Adam King at left back, while Shepherd worked hard to make things happen, but Waveney were nowhere near good enough as a team.

On Monday Waveney, who were third in the table a few weeks ago, had an opportunity to bounce back but they lost for the third straight game at home as visitors Long Stratton scored the only goal of the game.

After creating a couple of good chances in the first half Waveney conceded from a corner on 65 minutes.

Sam Clay produced a couple of great runs and crosses but the home strikers missed the opportunities.

On the whole Waveney defended reasonably well but they seem to be struggling with a lack of confidence at home.

There are still three games left to play, all away from home, so hopefully Waveney can finish the season on a high.

They make the short journey to Caister on Saturday and have games the following two weekends against Harleston Town (April 29) and Wroxham Reserves (May 6). The Harleston game will be a key one for the hosts, who are still battling for the Premier Division title.

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