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Waveney's struggles at home continue after being held by Stalham

PUBLISHED: 11:33 01 March 2017 | UPDATED: 11:33 01 March 2017

Action from Waveney's 2-2 draw with Stalham. Picture by Bryan Grint.

Action from Waveney's 2-2 draw with Stalham. Picture by Bryan Grint.

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Waveney yet again had to settle for a share of the points as their home woes continued when they were held to a 2-2 draw by Anglian Combination League Premier Division visitors Stalham Town on Saturday.

Action from Waveney's 2-2 draw with Stalham. Picture by Bryan Grint.Action from Waveney's 2-2 draw with Stalham. Picture by Bryan Grint.

After a goal on his return to the team at Blofield, Ritchi High was given a start alongside midfield partners Jarvis and Carinhas.

However, Burgess was missing only his second game of the season as he failed to recover from a knee injury.

Waveney dominated the opening 30 minutes taking a deserved lead as Shepherd fired home after Hough flicked a header into his path.

Waveney went close on several further occasions and the lively High twice saw efforts cleared off the line together with a fine save from Nicholls which helped to keep the early scoreline blank.

Action from Waveney's 2-2 draw with Stalham. Picture by Bryan Grint.Action from Waveney's 2-2 draw with Stalham. Picture by Bryan Grint.

At that stage Stalham looked beaten as Waveney were first to every ball and seemingly in control of the contest.

However, the visitors got a huge lift on 35 minutes as Ryan Beeson’s sharp turn in the box saw the striker grab the chance to fire past goalkeeper Bergin with Stalham’s first shot of the game, to level the scores.

Stalham then finished the half on top.

The second half was disappointing and with Waveney losing the ball up field, Beeson raced clear and kept his cool and as Wilson tried a last-ditch tackle the striker poked the ball past Bergin on 65 minutes to put the visitors in front.

Waveney fought back and equalised when High fired home from just inside the box.

But neither side created any more clear-cut chances as Waveney sent on Mawford and King to try to stop their winless run at home with yet another draw.

Waveney really must learn to defend better and hopefully take their chances if they are to get anything from forthcoming games.

Tomorrow (Saturday) sees a key match as third takes on fourth as Waveney travel to tackle Wroxham Reserves at Trafford Park.

Ivy House man of the match was Ritchi High.

Waveney: Bergin, Grigg (Mawford), Barber, Hammersley, Bloomfield, High, Wilson, Carinhas (King), Hough, Jarvis, Shepherd.

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