Eight-goal thriller in Lowestoft and District League

PUBLISHED: 09:59 17 September 2010 | UPDATED: 10:07 17 September 2010

Blundeston Magpies 4
Pakefield Re-United 4

BLUNDESTON Magpies drew 4-4 with Pakefield Reunited and the deciding factor in this game for both teams was the wind and slope. Unfortunately for Magpies they had to make five changes from last week’s team, which resulted in playing a different formation. Pakefield, kicking with the wind and slope, started much better and tended to dominate the early stages. They had a free kick just outside the box and completely fooled Magpies’ defence with a clever chip which found their striker in space for an easy tap in. Magpies rallied and made some good runs down their wings through Armitage and Crowe and the latter, after 15 minutes, found himself one-on-one with his full back. He cleverly cut inside and chipped the keeper to score a well-taken goal. Pakefield raised their game and put more pressure on a very hesitant back four and it was no real surprise when after 25 minutes they took the lead when Magpies’ defence didn’t clear the ball and a few minutes later their striker scored a cracking volley when again Magpies didn’t close down. The Magpies midfield of Jarvis and Chong was getting over run so a change of formation was necessary which then got Magpies back into the game as they began to pressure Pakefield. Magpies got their reward just before half-time when they had a free kick on the edge of the box and Jarvis smashed a cracking shot passed the keeper. The second half was dominated by Magpies and it looked certain that they would level as they put Pakefield under constant pressure but time after time the final touch or pass let them down until Chong headed home the equaliser. It looked certain that Magpies would score again but Martin hit the post and the ball somehow kept out. Mawford looked to have scored but the ball was scrambled away. Pakefield never gave up and with time running out sloppy defending from a corner allowed them to take the lead again. Magpies didn’t give up and with two minutes to go Martin levelled with a clever header.

Blundeston Magpies Reserves 3, Marquis of Lorne 4

THIS was a terrific game played by two evenly matched teams and it swung from end to end. Marquis opened the scoring in the 16th minute when A Lockwood hit a superb volley from all of 25 metres, which dipped over the Magpies keeper. Back came the Magpies and they equalised just before half-time, Marquis pushed forward and only the Magpies keeper kept the score to 1-1 at the break. The second half saw Magpies score within five minutes to take the lead before the Marquis began to apply pressure and on 53 minutes Gavin Manninig scored to make it 2-2. The Magpies keeper produced some great saves before Manning hit a glorious shot to beat the keeper. The magpies hit back again to make it 3-3 before Manning completed his hat trick to give Marquis all the points. MoM: Gavin Manning.

Lowestoft Sunday League

Marquis 0, Hearts of Oak 1

AFTER their performance the previous week, the Marquis had something to prove and they gave a 100pc improved performance against a solid Hearts team who defended well to keep the Marquis forwards quiet. The only goal was scored in the 20th minute and this was the only time the Marquis defence and goalkeeper slipped up. The Marquis defence was solid all game and kept Hearts to just a few shots which Levi Baster in the Marquis goal saved brilliantly. The game flowed from end to end but chances were either straight at the keeper or just wide, but a great show by the whole team. MoM: Levi Baster.

Waveney Hearts 1, MG Builders 3

TWO last-gasp injury time strikes sent Waveney Hearts spinning out of the Suffolk Sunday Cup at the first hurdle as Lowestoft Sunday League Division One rivals MG Builders booked their place in the second round draw after a cat and mouse encounter at Dip Farm. But it could so easily have been the Waveney side’s name in the hat for the next round had they taken their second-half chances against a visibly tiring Builders defence as frontmen Michael Tacon and Jamie Pells squandered gilt-edged opportunities to settle the tie. The visitors started brightly and took a third minute lead through the prolific Glen Fletcher and although Hearts hit an upright through an excellent header from man-of-the-match Carl Burgess, the Builders defence – marshalled by ex-Hearts skipper Ritchi High – looked rock solid and their lead remained intact going into the break. The Waveney side’s pass and move philosophy eventually wore down MG and Hearts deservedly drew level through right back Danny Grigg who lashed home a partially cleared corner (65) and with Burgess and midfield partner Chris Mayhew driving their side forward; Danny Compton, Jack Jervis and excellent stand-in left back Leon Neeve relatively untroubled and the appearance of the exciting Haverson brothers, the home side looked well capable of finishing the job without the need for extra time.

But with the Hearts strikers fluffing their lines when it mattered most the visitors landed a last minute sucker punch as danger-man Fletcher’s low cross was turned in from close range before High rubbed salt in his former side’s wounds by slotting in a 94th minute third on the break, putting Builders firmly in the next round and leaving the Waveney side to concentrate on the league.

Anglian Combination

Waveney 2, Buxton 3

AFTER a good start to their league campaign, Waveney turned in a disjointed performance as defensive errors saw them slip out of the Cyril Ballin Trophy at the first round. Waveney again struggled to raise a side but will hopefully have at least four players returning for tomorrow’s league game at home to Fakenham Town Reserves. On the day Waveney never really got to terms with their big centre-forward and having twice come from behind to level the scores again the team switched off and got punished 15 minutes from time. Steven Scarff’s equaliser made it 1-1 and then after the break the rapidly improving Aaron Dalley brought the scores level again. After getting on top Waveney looked like going on to win the game only to be undone by their centre forward for a third time. MoM: Andrew Ballard.

Mattishall Reserves 3, Corton Reserves 0

CORTON Reserves first defeat of the season came at Mattishall on Saturday. The division four side took control of this cup match from the first whistle, and dominated the first quarter of the game. Corton’s young team struggled with the pace and experience of the Mattishall team and they soon found themselves a goal down. Having lost possession in the middle of the park a simple one-two from the Mattishall’s forwards led to an easy tap in for their number nine. However Corton did grow, 20 minutes in and Corton had settled, passing became good and ball possession was well in Corton’s favour. Breaking their experienced backline became hard and frustrating, and just as Corton seemed to be on top they got caught. With possession in and around the Mattishall box the attack broke down, a hopeful punt straight down the pitch from the defender was misjudged by two centre backs and allowed their striker to fire home. Half time came and 2-0 down didn’t seem fair, squandered chances and two mistakes left Corton with an uphill battle second half.

The second 45 became scrappy and Mattishall seemed happy to see out the game. Persistence nearly and should of paid off, a good ball from Zagdan put Slater through one on one but his effort was saved by the keeper. Blowers saw his effort sail over the crossbar and Mills was only inches away from poking home. Once again though a punt over the top of Corton’s backline sealed victory for Mattishall. Not pretty from Mattishall but certainly affective in this game, Corton’s youngsters must learn from this, at times they overplayed, they must be a little stronger and wiser at times but this will surely come with experience. MoM: S Francis.

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