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Waveney 0 Mulbarton Wanderers 3: Hosts beaten by title challengers

PUBLISHED: 08:45 16 February 2018

A battle for possession as Waveney host high-flying Mulbarton Wanderers. Picture: Steve Wood

A battle for possession as Waveney host high-flying Mulbarton Wanderers. Picture: Steve Wood

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Waveney had the luxury of being able to field the same starting 11 that had demolished Mattishall in their previous match - but stil came unstuck.

Scott Woodgate firing home Mulbarton's first goal against Waveney on Saturday. Picture: Steve WoodScott Woodgate firing home Mulbarton's first goal against Waveney on Saturday. Picture: Steve Wood

They faced a Mulbarton team challenging for the title and determined to put the disappointment of last week’s cup defeat to Blofield behind them.

After a reasonable start Waveney were unfortunate to go behind as what looked like a foul on Daniel Tacon from striker Thompson went unpunished and he set up strike partner Woodgate to score from close range.

Waveney were unfortunate not to get a penalty as Hough was pulled down in the box and their appeals were waved away. It was a good response to going behind from the home side, who were matching their opponents and competing well.

Mulbarton though were soon gifted a second goal as Waveney failed to deal with a corner, and centre back High’s headed clearance falling invitingly for an unmarked Thompson to smash past Clabburn from 10 yards out.

Ben Thompson, who scored Mulbarton's second goal, on the ball.  Picture: Steve WoodBen Thompson, who scored Mulbarton's second goal, on the ball. Picture: Steve Wood

Waveney were out of the game shortly after the restart as Guyton was allowed time and space to head home unchallenged following a corner.

Waveney huffed and puffed with plenty of effort but Mulbarton had too much experience and desire to comfortably keep them at bay.

It was a professional display by the visitors who took the chances they were presented with. Waveney matched their opponents and could feel aggrieved a couple of key decisions didn’t go their way. The second and third goals were down to lack of concentration and switching off.

Next up is a trip to Norwich CEYMS, with Waveney set for another big test against the team currently second in the league.

Whilst a top three finish might beyond them Waveney will be working hard to close them down and improve on their current eighth place standing. They are just six points behind fourth placed Bradenham Wanderers with two games in hand and with 11 fixtures still to be played there is still plenty of time to make up some ground.

Waveney man-of-the-match: Anthony Etheridge.

Waveney FC: Sam Clabburn, Harley Peek, Adam Taylor (Ryan Bloomfield 45), Ritchi High, Daniel Tacon, Johnny Jarvis, Sam Allen (Tom Samson 65), Carl Burgess, Anthony Etheridge, Bradley Hough (Tom Mawford 55).

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