Rooks beat high flyers
WYMONDHAM beat promotion-chasers Mattishall 4-2 with an excellent team display - all 14 players used deserving credit.Town welcomed back Hill, Etheridge and Williamson, all missing from the previous week's disappointing defeat at Sole Bay.
WYMONDHAM beat promotion-chasers Mattishall 4-2 with an excellent team display - all 14 players used deserving credit.
Town welcomed back Hill, Etheridge and Williamson, all missing from the previous week's disappointing defeat at Sole Bay. The first 30 minutes were largely all one-way traffic, Mattishall dominating.
Town stood firm and the back four of Rackham, Etheridge, Hill and Wells were exceptional. The only clear-cut chance created by Mattishall was from a corner.
Keeper Hodges made a smart save low to his left. Town grew in confidence and opened the scoring from the penalty spot.
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The excellent Rackham put in a high, hanging cross from the left.
The Mattishall keeper came for it but under pressure from Pipe dropped the ball. He then proceeded to haul down Pipe, with the referee having no alternative but to point to the spot. Penalty specialist Pipe stepped up and slotted home with confidence.
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Town were looking good for their lead but shortly afterwards conceded a controversial penalty for an alleged push. The penalty was duly converted.
Town responded with Pike scoring a goal due to sheer persistence.
A long ball from the back caused confusion between the keeper and the defender. Pike closed down the defender, winning the ball.
He then exquisitely chipped the keeper who had come off his line - just reward for a hard-working performance from Pike.
The second half started with Town having much more confidence and taking the game to the opposition.
With a suspicion of hand-ball, Pipe laid the ball off to McCloy fully 25 yards out. He showed his class by hitting a half-volley which gave the keeper no chance.
A key moment happened after this.
A Mattishall player was sent off for an off-the-ball incident.
With the visitors rattled, Town extended their lead.
After a long goal-kick from Hodges the left back headed past his own keeper.
Mattishall showed good character and scored after a scuffed shot limped across the line.
Town held on relatively comfortably and at times looked dangerous on the break. Mitchell was protecting the four well and, with Ramsbottom reverting to centre-back, used his pace to clear any danger.
MoM: Luke Rackham was exceptional at left-back, strong defensively and linked where possible.