Late goals deny Mattishall win against leaders
Mattishall 2, North Walsham 2Mattishall, after over three months of post-ponements and away matches, finally had a home game at South Green at the weekend and welcomed Anglian Combination Premier Division front runners the Angels who had opened up a 12-point lead.
Mattishall 2, North Walsham 2
Mattishall, after over three months of post-ponements and away matches, finally had a home game at South Green at the weekend and welcomed Anglian Combination Premier Division front runners the Angels who had opened up a 12-point lead. Mattishall led 2-0 and were denied a win by a penalty in time added on.
On Saturday, Mattishall entertain another side with Sterry Cup ambitions, Blofield (2.30pm).
Mattishall made one change against Walsham, bringing in Luke Catchpole in place of Christian Harbour, who dropped to the bench. Mattishall started the brighter and after five minutes a Hewitt free-kick rebounded to Cole six yards out, but he fired his left-foot shot wide of the far post.
In the next attack Hewitt fired over the bar before the visitors gained the first corner of the game which resulted in Hewitt's headed clearance falling to Hinton, but his effort flew over the bar. Wilton then created himself some space when getting to the by-line but his pull-back was intercepted by Pledger.
On 22 minutes Mattishall took the lead. A great ball from Hewitt led to Cole forcing a corner. Hall's delivery was cleared to Anema who made a diagonal run before clipping a fine ball to the far post to Wooden, who headed home under pressure.
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A Cole run saw Lorn clear for a corner which was easily dealt with.
A quick break saw the visitors create some space for Piper on the edge of the box, but he blazed high and wide.
The second half started with the Angels pressing to get back in the game and they nearly forced an equaliser when, following a Hinton free-kick headed sideways by Wooden, the ball fell to Clarke whose shot clipped the far post.
Another quick break involving Hinton and Wilton saw substitute Davies just fail to connect, and Anema cleared the danger.
With Walsham pushing forward in numbers, Mattishall hit them on the break when Hall made a forceful run which forced a throw. Hall's cross was delivered into a crowded area where Wooden got the all-important touch and forced the ball into the net.
Fulcher then replaced the injured Catchpole and this switch appeared to unbalance Mattishall and the dangerous Walsham wingers Hinton and Wilton were seeing too much of the ball in dangerous areas.
With eight minutes remaining Hinton's forging run took him past several challenges before he slid the ball to Clarke who scored with ease.
Walsham continued to push for a equaliser and with the game in the fifth minute of time added on the referee penalised Edwards in the box, and from the spot-kick Clarke made no mistake.
Mattishall Reserves visited Hoveton Wherrymen in Anglian Combination division Four and drew 1-1 with Gary Harbour scoring the goal.
On Saturday they visit Swaffham Town Reserves.