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Mattishall playing for pride

PUBLISHED: 11:22 17 April 2008 | UPDATED: 14:32 07 July 2010

Mattishall 1, Hempnall 2

Mattishall remain firmly stuck at the bottom of the Dolphin Autos Anglian CombinationPremier Division and will end the season with only pride to play for against Cromer Town and North Walsham Town in their last two away fixtures.

Mattishall 1, Hempnall 2

Mattishall remain firmly stuck at the bottom of the Dolphin Autos Anglian CombinationPremier Division and will end the season with only pride to play for against Cromer Town and North Walsham Town in their last two away fixtures.

Saturday looked like a David and Goliath fixture, as the visitors were fifth. However, for the large crowd that attended, Mattishall could count themselves unlucky, as the goals the visitors scored were gifted.

The goal of the game came from Gary Starling with a perfect free-kick into the top left-hand corner. This was the equaliser in the first half, as on 18 minutes the visitors took the lead, Starling scoring within a minute.

The hard-working Howard Duff was running the visitors' defence ragged, but he lacked that elusive last pass into the danger area.

Youngsters Hardy and Knights were combining well in their attacking roles, but often they went into the brick wall of the visitors' defence. All square at the break with expectations high in the home ranks.

The second half was more of an even match, but Hempnall hit the winner 12 minutes into the second period. A well deserved second equaliser was ruled out for offside.

With Mattishall on top in the final 10 minutes, a corner kick came in with a great header going goal-bound. The Hempnall keeper stretched to put the ball over the bar, but the official decided it was a goal kick. Forthcoming fixtures: Mattishall away to North Walsham Town, Tuesday, April 29, kick-off 7.30, meet at 6pm.

Hempnall Reserves 0, Mattishall Reserves 1

Mattishall ran rampant and missed many scoring chances. Joe Marchewski hit home to maintain survival hopes in Division Three. This is the first double of the season for the second string.

Some players preferred golf but despite this the team played out of their skins. Still four matches to play with a lot at stake.

Mattishall Reserves, home to Thetford Rovers Saturday, kick-off 2.30, meet at 1.30. On Tuesday, April, 22, home to Hellesdon FC, kick-off 6:30, meet at 5.30.

Mattishall YCOB: Last league fixture at home to The Grove, kick-off 10.30, meet at 9.50.

Mattishall FC hold their end of season presentation evening at Dereham Golf Club on Saturday, May 10.

There will be a sit-down carvery and presentation of trophies, followed by music and dancing.

Tickets are available from any club committee member at £12 each.

Please book your place for this one-off event and support your local football club.

The club's annual meeting has been arranged for Wednesday, June 4 at 7.30pm at Mattishall Sports & Social Club.

Could everyone attend to voice their opinions and tactics for the forthcoming season and to meet the new first team manager.

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