Senior football reports

PUBLISHED: 13:41 05 November 2010

Anglian Combination

Thorpe Rovers 1, Waveney 1

WAVENEY were left to rue missed chances in this Division Four clash after sloppily dropping two points away to Thorpe. Despite taking the opening 20 minutes to adjust to the home side’s physical approach, Waveney settled into their stride and began to discover their passing game. Harpley, on the left, was a constant threat during the first half using his pace to trouble the opposition defence. Jessup was also instrumental in creating chances and it was his slide rule pass which set Scarff away to open the scoring. The visitors should have pressed home their advantage but were wasteful as numerous chances came and went. For all Waveney’s possession and goalscoring opportunities, it was only 1-0 at half time and they were made to pay for their squandered chances as they struggled to find their rhythm after the break. The inevitable sucker punch arrived ten minutes from time. The otherwise solid back four were caught out by a long throw that was headed in at the far post. Waveney tried to force a winner in the final minutes but to no avail. MoM: Justin Evans.

Notley’s Lowestoft and District League

Blundeston Magpies 2, 
Yarmouth Town Hall 3

MAGPIES will be disappointed that they didn’t get at least a draw from this game. They had five good scoring chances in the first half but only took one compared with Hall’s two – one which struck the post and the other one tucked away to give them the lead. Crowe replied for Magpies as he cut inside the left wing and curled a right footed shot giving the keeper no chance. The second half saw Hall have the lion’s share of possesion but Magpies broke through and Jarvis crashed a smashing goal. This inspired Hall who then got on top but didn’t look like scoring. With 10 minutes to go a soft free-kick was curled past the Magpies keeper to level the match, then a minute later weak defending and a lack of communication between the keeper and defender saw Hall score the winner.

Crusaders 1, Telecom Rovers 4

AFTER a depleted Telecom bowed out of the cup last week, a few players returning to the starting line-up. Telecom got off to a promising start and in the opening minutes had carved out three good opportunites that narrowly went wide before a quick sucker punch at the other end. A low cross into the box was turned into the net decieving the standing Telecom defence to put Crusaders ahead. From then on Crusaders outplayed Rovers for the remainder of the half. So it was a pleasing end to the first half when in the dying minute the ball fell to the feet of Mike Moore outside the box and he lashed it off the bar and into the net. Buoyed by this Telecom went ahead straight after the whistle as a failed clearence was headed forward by Spurgeon to Pells who raced through and slid home. The remainder of the half was contested well with Telecom having the majority of play. Returning goalkeeper Jordan was left as a by-stander as Fox’s back four held firm. Top scorer Pells got his brace with a tidy finish and Mark Ives exquisitely finished a right foot shot set up from brother Matt, as his cunning ball decieved the Crusaders defence. MoM: Neil Fox.

Norton 10, Corton and Ole Frank 4

NORTON went goal crazy as they recorded a 10-4 victory against Corton & Ole Frank. Sean Higginbotham continued his fine form for the team by notching a first half hat-trick and this was added to with goals from Steven Hak and Kevin Briers with a brace as Norton raced into a 6-1 half time lead. The second half saw Frank score two early goals but Norton responded with two more from Briers, one from Hak and one from Tom Hudson to run out resounding winners. The Read Bros MoM: Kevin Briers.

Hopton 6, Norton Reserves 2

A POOR final 30 minutes for Norton Reserves saw them slip to a 6-2 defeat – after still being in the game at 2-1 down. Poor defending and a lack of concentration saw Hopton add four more goals with Norton’s Gary Crisp netting his second of the game from the spot. The Haddiscoe Crown MoM: Barry Crossan.

Lowestoft Sunday League

Blundeston 2, 
Lady of the Lake Argyle 2

THE points were shared in this mid table Division Two clash although Argyle twice lost the lead in a highly entertaining match. Argyle’s leading scorer Kenny Fenton opened the scoring with a well taken strike after 25 minutes but the lead was shortlived when Blundeston equalised in bizarre fashion. Keeper Lukan Squires felt he had two hands on the ball and was about to launch it upfield when he was robbed in the box by an opposing striker who slotted home from close range. The referee awarded the goal despite Argyle protests. Argyle restored the lead after 31 minutes when midfielder Hank Pugh did well to chase down a loose ball and find in-form striker Simon Ashton on the Blundeston right who equalised with his third goal in two matches. Five minutes before the break Blundeston established parity with a well taken direct free-kick on the edge of the penalty area. Both sides pushed for the winner in the second half with Blundeston coming closest but being denied by some excellent defending and goalkeeping. Argyle are now unbeaten in four matches before Sunday’s trip to Kelsale in the cup. MoM: Kenny Fenton.

The Carlton 0, 
Waveney Hearts Reserves 0

THIS was a good encounter between the third and fourth placed teams in Division Three. The hosts started the strongest and for the first ten minutes pushed a young Hearts side back into their own penalty area. But some stout defending by the Hearts back four of Jack Jenner, Ashley Grimmer and the impressive centre back pairing of Jamie Houghton and Chris Mayhew kept Carlton at bay, though Hearts did have to thank their young teenage keeper Billy Brice for a fine save during this period. Slowly, Hearts got a foothold in the match, with young midfielders Sam Allen and Cory Willis beginning to probe. Waveney’s best chance of the half quickly followed when Martin Saunders hit the Carlton keeper with a good shot after a pullback by young winger Joe Larter. This was quickly followed by Carlton’s best chance of the half, when one of their forwards broke clear but was thwarted by another good save from Brice. After the break, Waveney had their best chance when another good shot from Larter was tipped on to the bar. Towards the end, Brice was forced into another good save to keep the scoreline blank. Sunrise Inn MoM: Chris Mayhew.

Veterans League

Watton United Reserves 0, 
Sole Bay Veterans 2

AFTER nearly a month without a game, Sole Bay Veterans returned to action in the first round of the Norfolk and Suffolk Veterans League Shield. On a small muddy sloping pitch Sole Bay started slowly and the first 15 minutes were fairly even with the back four of Smith, Hammett, Collings and Pope dealing comfortably with the opposition’s big burly forwards and Matthews in the Sole Bay goal only having to watch one chance go close to the target. With captain Sutton beginning to dominate the midfield alongside Burgess and Hambling, Sole Bay began to get on top. Some good interplay down the left led to Warne crossing for Hambling to go close with a header. Sole Bay forced a number of corners but the Watton goalkeeper managed to keep out all Sole Bay could throw at him. With Smith and Collis also working well down the right a number of chances went begging. Just before the interval Adams replaced Warne. The second half saw the introduction of new signing Emeny and Jackson and from the outset Sole Bay dominated. However, the Watton back four held firm with both Hambling and Prior being thwarted. A cleverly worked short corner led to a rasping 20-yard drive from Pope hitting the bar and then Hambling saw his effort hit a post and go to safety. Sole Bay eventually took the lead after 70 minutes when Sutton won the ball in midfield and after good work by Adams and Warne, Pope’s pinpoint cross found Hambling at the back post to head home. Sole Bay continued to play good football and extended their lead after 78 minutes. Sutton and Hambling again combined well for Hambling to go on a mazy run before slotting home. With Matthews a mere spectator in the Sole Bay goal the visitors should have had a third when Jackson was put through on goal but after waiting for what seemed an age tamely shot straight at the keeper. A good team performance with Warne awarded MoM by the opposition and Sutton awarded MoM by Sole Bay.

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