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Wanderers denied point

PUBLISHED: 12:04 03 February 2011

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Bradenham Wanderers 1, Wells Town 2

Against the Anglian Combination Division One promotion favourites, Wanderers felt they deserved a point, having missed many chances.

The visitors created the first chance when a free-kick from just outside the box was headed wide, then on 22 minutes Bush set up a chance for the home side which also ended up just wide.

Butters in the home goal then made a couple of timely clearances, but on 32 minutes the Seasiders took the lead when a forward was left unmarked on the far post from a corner, and his header just squeezed inside the near post.

The first half had been rather scrappy with neither side asserting any real authority, but the second half started with rather more purpose.

A Wells forward shot over from a good move on the right and on 62 minutes Bush should have equalised for the home side, but he shot wide with just the keeper to beat.

This miss became even more important when, just a couple of minutes later, the visitors were awarded a penalty when a home defender was adjudged to have handled inside the box.

The spot-kick was converted and Wanderers, despite having as much of the play as their rather illustrious opponents, found themselves 2-0 down.

Bradenham threw caution to the wind and created several chances.

First Melton headed over a Bush cross then sub King played in a great ball to Bush, who shot straight at the keeper.

Another Melton header went just wide, then on 79 minutes Bradenham were awarded a penalty, which was duly converted by Bush after a foul inside the box on a home forward.

In a final onslaught on the Wells goal King shot wide and Frost blazed over when well placed.

The visitors were no doubt relieved to hear the final whistle with another three points in the bag towards what is looking like their inevitable promotion.

On Saturday, Wanderers – now sixth in the table – visit Caister, who are two places and four points below them (ko 2pm).

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