Clean sheet for Waveney as they stroll to a comfortable success against Reepham
PUBLISHED: 12:52 22 March 2017 | UPDATED: 12:52 22 March 2017
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Waveney bounced back to form with another impressive away win. A stunning goal from 16-year-old Kieran Fletcher, given his first start, set the team on the way and goals from High, Shepherd and Hough completed the rout.
Waveney had selection problems in the lead up to the game with Hammersley and Barber missing from last week’s squad along with Bloomfield on holiday and Burgess through injury.
Michael King came in for his first start as did Fletcher, joining Jarvis in a three-man midfield with Ritchi High, who has been great in a midfield role, partnering Tacon at the heart of defence.
With the pitch in good condition but a strong wind, the first quarter was scrappy with not many openings for either side. Waveney started to settle and Hough brought a good save from the keeper on 25 minutes.
Waveney didn’t have to wait long for the breakthrough as Hough broke clear and his cross was finished by Fletcher to slide in and side-foot home a left-foot finish in the right hand corner of the net.
It wasn’t long before Waveney added a second as High volleyed home from a Jarvis corner from just inside the box on 30 minutes.
Waveney added a third two minutes later as Hough flicked home a Jarvis cross from the edge of the box.
Reepham had a player shown a straight red card before the break for retaliation but the 10 men had the first chance of the second half as Bergin made a smart save from a header from close range.
Waveney saw Mawford go close but they did add a fourth when Shepherd scored directly from a corner. Nelson Carinhas and James Langdale replaced High and Fletcher as Waveney continued to look the better side and Carinhas had an effort cleared off the line.
Bergin produced a smart save as Waveney’s back four of High, Tacon, Wilson, Grigg and later Jarvis kept a clean sheet.
Michael King was a calming influence in midfield in a very good team performance. It was especially pleasing to see two 16-year-olds in Langdale and Fletcher playing their part in senior football.
Ivy House Country Hotel man of the match was Michael King.
Team: Bergin, Wilson, Grigg, High (Langdale), Tacon, Jarvis, Mawford, King, Hough, Fletcher (Carinhas). Sub: Millington.