Mattishall defeated as former Norwich City striker Chris Sutton finds the net for Wroxham Reserves
PUBLISHED: 10:24 21 February 2013 | UPDATED: 10:24 21 February 2013
Mattishall 0, Wroxham Res 3
Wroxham Reserves deservedly took all three points at Mattishall with a competent display to win 3-0.
The visitors took a while to get going after a month’s enforced break. A much changed Wroxham side were on top from the start but it was the hosts who had a good chance to take the lead on five minutes when Cain Eagleton’s misplaced clearance header fell straight to Joe Edwards whose firm shot was well taken by Luis Tibbles.
Then on 15 minutes Rio Starkings sliced the ball behind for a corner and Ben Gilkes headed over. Another good Mattishall move down the right on 17 minutes saw Jake Anema whip in a cross for Chris Gibbins whose clipped shot hit the side netting.
Wroxham’s best move came after 30 minutes – and from it came the opening goal. Ben Jones played the ball forward to Paul Cook on the edge of the Mattishall area and Cook back-heeled for Jones to continue his run and get in a shot which was forced behind for a corner. Angelo Harrop’s cross presented Cook with a free header which he planted into the top of the net.
Mattishall should have equalised almost straight away when Anema was clean through but shot wildly over the bar.
Wroxham started to take control with some neat passing and again Jones and Cook combined with the latter getting in a shot which Harry Seven in the Mattishall goal did well to stop. But the ball was parried away only as far as former Norwich City striker Chris Sutton who showed his class with the keeper grounded by lobbing straight back into an empty net.
Again Mattishall fought back and had the ball in the net only to be denied by an offside flag, as Wroxham led 2-0 at half-time.
There was a heated exchange at the start of the second half which led to one player from each side being booked.
Mattishall were trying desperately to get back in the game but were denied by an excellent save from Tibbles, diving to his left to keep out a shot from George Gagen. As Wroxham held on they brought their substitutes on – Jordan Attree replaced Payton Swatman and Jack Guyton made his senior debut replacing Ben Jones. This paid off as they scored a third goal to settle the game when Jack Smith set up Cook to ram home his second and the visitors’ third.
Wroxham almost had a fourth before the end when Cook set up another sub Matty Doyle whose shot was blocked.
Wroxham deservedly took the three points to keep in touch with the leaders.
Mattishall Reserves beat St Andrews Reserves 5-1, with Simon Foster scoring a hat-trick and further goals from Tiago Pascloe and Nat Bash.
n Both Foulsham teams had their games on Saturday called off.
The first team’s fixture against bottom club Hempnall Reserves was called off as Hempnall were unable to raise a side, with the Reserves’ match at Harleston the victim of a waterlogged pitch.
Foulsham now go into a crucial three-game sequence against fellow promotion challengers in Anglian Combination Division Two.
This weekend they are at Mundford, before two successive games against Attleborough Town.
Foulsham will be missing top scorer Ben Darby as he serves a three-match suspension.