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Shipdham take derby honours

PUBLISHED: 11:22 17 September 2008 | UPDATED: 14:42 07 July 2010

Shipdham 2, Yaxham 1

SHIPDHAM'S first home game of the season started in a typical derby style.

Shipdham went close in the second minute and Yaxham had a 'goal' ruled out for offside in the eighth minute.

Shipdham 2, Yaxham 1

SHIPDHAM'S first home game of the season started in a typical derby style.

Shipdham went close in the second minute and Yaxham had a 'goal' ruled out for offside in the eighth minute.

Jason Dalton made a great save from point-blank range in the 14th minute from a Yaxham corner.

The game was very competitive, with tackles flying in. Kelvin Tuttle played a big part in breaking up the Yaxham attack and covered lots of ground in the first 30 minutes.

Shipdham went close again on 32 minutes, when Craig Howlett broke from the back, went round two Yaxham players and crossed - but Pitsy's shot went inches over the bar.

Shipdham continued to attack down the right flank and again went close when Adam Sandell put in a cross but Jamie Howlett, with only the keeper to beat, fired wide.

Yaxham counter-attacked and scored against the run of play on 42 minutes with a well-taken goal.

In the second half, Danny Amp came off the bench and made an immediate impact with a shot which deflected off a defender and hit the bar.

Shipdham were unlucky on 55 minutes when Nick Sandell hit the underside of the bar, which just about summed up the game so far.

However, Shipdham were rewarded for their pressure when Nick Sandell headed home a Scott Mather cross to level the score on the hour.

Yaxham were unlucky not to score when Shipdham gave away a free-kick on the edge of the area on 80 minutes.

The Shipdham defence held out well against further pressure from the Yaxham attack then hit Yaxham on the break.

Scott Mather hit a shot from the half-way line, but the keeper scrambled back and just managed to tip the ball over for a corner. Steve Brown fired in the corner and man of the match Nick Sandell scored the winner on 88 minutes.

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