Bradenham too wise for Owls

Bradenham Wanderers 4, Holt United 0

After one of the few Anglian Combination games played on Saturday, Wanderers are fourth in Division One.

Their win over the Owls took their points tally to 37 from 20 games, three points clear of Reepham who have a game in hand.

The only teams above Bradenham are Long Stratton on 38 points from 21 games, Wymondham with 47 from 20 and Wells with 49 from 18. Saturday sees Bradenham at Long Stratton.

Holt started the weekend's game in lively fashion and after just three minutes Melton in the home defence did well to head clear a dangerous-looking cross. Then a Holt forward shot over when well positioned.

On 15 minutes a promising Bradenham move left Bush with just the keeper to beat, but his shot was too high.

Just two minutes later Woodcock struck an accurate corner into the box where Spalding headed home. Bush then shot tamely to end another promising home move.

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On 32 minutes Wanderers produced what was almost a replica of the first goal when Woodcock took another corner on the right, which was again solidly headed home by Spalding.

Just before the break Woodcock struck another shot which was easily saved and Bradenham went in at half-time with a well-earned 2-0 lead.

Forder went close at the start of the second half after a free-kick just outside the box, then at the other end Holt struck the bar at the end of a promising move.

The visitors had a 10-minute spell where they had most of the possession, and another of their moves ended with a shot well over the bar.

The Bradenham defence were now put under some pressure and Butters in goal was dealing admirably with everything that came his way.

James Eves was also having an exceptional game at the heart of the defence, constantly denying the Holt forwards any real chances with his well-timed interventions and tackles.

On the hour Woodcock struck a free-kick from outside the area which deflected off a defender and flew into the net.

Bradenham were now in complete control and just before the final whistle Hancy hit a fine volley across the keeper and into the left corner to finish off a very competent day's work for the Wanderers.

Bradenham Wanderers Reserves are third in Division Six and on Saturday entertain CNSOBU (ko 2.30pm), who are third-bottom.