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PUBLISHED: 13:25 01 February 2008 | UPDATED: 19:36 05 July 2010

SHORTEN BRIEF



THE last two weekends have been pretty frustrating - we lost the Swaffham game to the weather and then last weekend we had an enforced call off due to our County youth call-ups.

SHORTEN BRIEF

THE last two weekends have been pretty frustrating - we lost the Swaffham game to the weather and then last weekend we had an enforced call off due to our County youth call-ups.

However the lads have worked real hard on the training ground with our excellent coaching team putting them through an array of interesting and demanding sessions.

Wednesday saw the long awaited visit of the league leaders Needham Market and another significant test. We rose to the challenge yet again and demonstrated that we can hold our own against the best in the division.

It was a game we should have won and our visitors will have departed Walmer Road with an element of relief with us kicking ourselves as we should have added the side at the summit of the league to the list of the other top four sides that we have beaten so far this season.

In the first half we looked predictably ring rusty as we struggled to get a foothold in the game and looked like the side that had been a fortnight without a game.

We did however have a perfectly good goal disallowed by an outrageous refereeing decision which saw their keeper fumble the ball at Jordan Blyth's feet and then get the sympathy vote after Jordan had dispatched a genuine goal.

We went in behind at the break after conceding a poor goal when we should have defended far more competently.

The second half was one-way traffic with us showing great character and dominating for long spells. We equalised and went into the lead with two good goals from Jordan Blyth and Nathan Stone.

Needham however demonstrated why they have been so successful to date this season as they clawed their way back into the game through a goal that again we should have defended better. In the end it was two points dropped for us and for our visitors a point gained.

But we will look at all of the positives from this game and there are plenty of them as we have demonstrated again that we can compete with the best in the league.

We unfortunately picked up a couple of injury concerns with Chris Henderson and Jamie Stokeld now both in doubt for the visit of Walsham tomorrow - a game where we will be looking to continue our 2008 unbeaten run.

Nick Shorten was speaking to Mark Boggis

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