Mattishall fire championship warning
Mattishall 2, Wroxham Reserves 0Mattishall kicked off the new Anglian Combination Premier season with three new faces in their line-up in Delaney, Gibbons and Gillies, with the remainder made up from last season's side.
Mattishall 2, Wroxham Reserves 0
Mattishall kicked off the new Anglian Combination Premier season with three new faces in their line-up in Delaney, Gibbons and Gillies, with the remainder made up from last season's side. The early stages were very competitive with neither side creating many openings, and the first half ended goal-less.
On the hour Mattishall were awarded a penalty for a push and Fulcher blasted the ball into the roof of the net.
In the final quarter the Yachtsmen started to press for an equaliser but the home rearguard of Anema, King, Sommerfield and Edwards would not be breached.
Fulcher did well to hold up the ball and set up Gibbons, who fired over, while at the other end a quick free-kick saw King force a tip-over by Pledger.
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In their next attack the visitors had loud appeals for a penalty turned down and with minutes remaining Mattishall made the game safe when the ball fell to Lovell in the box and he hit home a rising shot. This was a good workmanlike performance and an excellent start to what is hoped will be a title-challenging season.
Mattishall 7, Brandon Town 1
Mattishall, at South Green, took the lead on 10 minutes when an Anema free-kick found Fulcher, whose flicked header was headed into the net by Stenner.
Fulcher was denied by offside before he scored after rounding the keeper. But when Mattishall failed to clear, Leech's wind-assisted effort flew into the back of the net.
Another flowing move saw Lewis put through but his effort went the wrong side of the post and then a fine run and cross by Delaney saw Fulcher just fail to convert.
The second half started with a Lewis cross headed home by Delaney who, in the next attack, beat the offside trap and crossed for Lovell to tap in. Mattishall were rampant and a Delaney corner was headed in by Sommerfield, and on the hour another Delaney cross was headed in by Fulcher.
Mattishall got a seventh when a flowing move saw substitute Dougal's cross cleared to Palmer who hammered a 20-yard screamer home for a birthday goal.
A late spot-kick was easily saved but Mattishall set the early pace at the top of the league.