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Mattishall held to a draw

PUBLISHED: 09:42 23 October 2008 | UPDATED: 14:47 07 July 2010

Mattishall 2, Wymondham Town 2

For the second match in a row leaders Mattishall had to settle for a point. A blow for the team as they had high hopes of trying to make light between themselves and the second placed team in Anglian Combination Division One.

Mattishall 2, Wymondham Town 2

For the second match in a row leaders Mattishall had to settle for a point. A blow for the team as they had high hopes of trying to make light between themselves and the second placed team in Anglian Combination Division One.

However, the weekend saw results go for them. With the dismal draw at Wells Town on Tuesday night out of the players' systems, it was left up to them to get a result from this derby.

But within 15 minutes Wymondham put two goals past a bewildered home defence. Mattishall then knuckled down to their game and finally got into their stride as they bombarded the visitors' goal, only to find their keeper on top of his game. If he failed to connect, then his defenders cleared for him.

Ten minutes before the break, the Mattishall breakthrough came with Simon Wooden slotting home for a half time 2-1 deficit.

The second half was more even although the visitors had two gilt-edged chances to go further ahead with their striker failing to connect at the crucial point.

Midway through the second period Mattishall equalised, Wooden again finding the back of the net to make it game on with enough time left to go for the winner.

Both teams had good posession but failed to show their strengh in front of goal. On reflection a fair result but Mattishall must concentrate from the off, as clawing their way back against mean defences is a tall order.

There is no scheduled match for the first team this weekend.

Mattishall Reserves went into round three of the Norfolk Junior Cup with a 1-0 win over local rivals Yaxham. This was not a match not for the faint-hearted.

Mattishall had a perfect first half, totally in command with good shots on goal with the woodwork saving the home team on several ocasions.

It was a different match in the second period as Mattishall clung on desperately to keep a clean sheet. But what looked to be a stalemate was turned upside down when, in the last minutes, Craig Clark hit the winner.

Manager Terry Hill was pleased with this result, however, he knows he has to motivate his players to keep going for a full 90 minutes.

Mattishall Reserves are at home on Saturday to St Andrews Reserves, ko 2pm, meet 1pm.

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