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Waveney back back by winning 6-1 on the road

PUBLISHED: 11:40 28 April 2017

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After two disappointing home performances and defeats Waveney bounced back to form with an impressive win at Caister.

The home side had dismantled Cromer on Wednesday night, putting 12 goals past them, so a tough encounter was expected.

Waveney began the brighter of the two teams and took an early lead. The ball was played out wide and Bradley Hough produced a great cross from the right for strike partner Sam Clay to head home.

Another move down the right saw Noah Gabriel and Keelan Shand combine and as Shand flicked the ball past his man he stuck out a hand and the referee awarded a 10th minute penalty which Hough confidently dispatched for his 20th goal of the season.

Waveney should have added another goal but Adam King fired over from close range and Shand just lifted his effort over the bar. Waveney eventually scored a deserved third on 35 minutes as Hough produced a tremendous cross from the right and Sam Shepherd firmly planted a header home.

Waveney extended their lead on 60 minutes as Johnny Jarvis picked out Shepherd with a great cross field pass. Shepherd took it on his chest and with a smart left foot finish placed the ball over the advancing keeper. Caister quickly hit back with a well taken goal and for the next quarter of an hour took the game to the visitors.

Waveney eventually got going again and Clay made it five when he capitalised on a mistake as the keeper fumbled and turned the ball into the net from a difficult angle. They added a sixth goal as Hough scored his second with another penalty after Jarvis was bundled over in the box.

This was a much improved display, especially defensively, with everyone playing their part.

The win saw Waveney move up to fourth in the Premier Division in their first season in the top flight, which is something to be proud of. There are two tough away games to end the season as they take on Harleston Town, who are fighting for the title, tomorrow and then Wroxham Reserves the following Satturday.

The Ivy House Country Hotel man-of-the-match was Keelan Shand.

Waveney: Franklin, Hammersley, King (Grigg 88), Bloomfield, High (King 79), Shand, Gabriel,

Jarvis, Clay, Hough, Shepherd (Tom Mawford 69).

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