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Second chance not taken by Mattishall

PUBLISHED: 16:07 24 November 2011

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Mattishall 3, Norwich St Johns 4

Mattishall could not make the most of their Mummery Cup lifeline as they slipped to a home defeat against Norwich St Johns.

The hosts had already been knocked out in the previous round but were re-instated on a technicality.

As before Mattishall played some fringe players with Higgins, Sutherland and Marczewski lining up in a changed back four.

The visitors started brightly and Powley somehow clawed a goalbound effort away for a corner. This escape was short lived because in St Johns’ next attack a poor clearance from Higgins fell to Tuttle who went past a lunging tackle before firing past Powley to give the visitors a deserved lead.

Mattishall responded with a Catchpole effort tipped round the post and then Fitzgerald was put clear but delayed long enough for the ball to be cleared.

Tuttle burst clear of the home rearguard but this time pulled his shot wide. Then Matthews was guilty of failing to hit the target after a long ball was missed by Higgins.

The visitors continued to create openings and Nelson saw his header saved by a sprawling Powley while Matthews out-muscled Higgins but drove his shot straight at Powley.

Just as it seemed the visitors would go into the break with a lead a strong cross by Edwards saw Vincent in the visitors goal drop the ball and Fitzgerald slammed in the rebound to draw the sides level.

The second half started with the visitors pushing forward and they regained the lead when Matthews nipped in between Higgins and Powley to lob the keeper.

Mattishall again responded and an excellent cross by Applegate saw Fitzgerald climb unchallenged to head the ball into the net and draw the sides level again.

Minutes later the home side took the lead when Lewis’ excellent free-kick found Higgins and his glancing header beat keeper Vincent. Soon afterwards an Applegate free-kick glanced off the woodwork.

The visitors were gifted an equaliser when a deep cross saw Powley miss his clearance and the ball fell to Tuttle who smashed it into the net.

As the game appeared to be heading into extra-time a fine run by Nelson ended with his cross being turned into his own net by Sutherland to give the visitors victory.


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