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Worrying run for Mattishall

PUBLISHED: 10:59 07 October 2009 | UPDATED: 15:24 07 July 2010

Mattishall 1 Loddon United 2

Mattishall's once promising Anglian Combination Premier Division position looked a little precarious after a third straight league defeat.

Mattishall 1 Loddon United 2

Mattishall's once promising Anglian Combination Premier Division position looked a little precarious after a third straight league defeat.

They made three changes with Cole replacing the suspended Hewitt, and making his home debut Brett came in for the injured Wooden and Sutherland replaced the injured Stenner.

The visitors kicked off with the strong wind in their backs. The opening quarter produced very little to write about, but it was the visitors who - following a dangerous cross - forced a couple of corners which came to nothing.

Mattishall's first chance fell on the half-hour when a long throw from Starling saw a flick-on by Wooden which gave Brett a half-chance.

Minutes later persistence by Brett saw Hall win a corner which resulted in both Harbour and Brett having shots charged down before Sutherland fired over.

Mattishall were completely dominating the game despite kicking into the stiff breeze.

Another long throw, this time by Lewis, was again flicked on by Woodenand led to the first goal.

The ball fell to Harbour whose initial strike ricocheted off keeper Collins before he toe-poked into the net.

A mazy run by Hall saw him go past two defenders before firing over. And the same player was involved with a one-two with Cole before shooting narrowly wide. Mattishall went into the interval deservedly in front.

The second half started in the same vein. On 52 minutes Hall lobbed the keeper but the ball just went over. Minutes later another Lewis long throw was again flicked on by Wooden, it was knocked back to the same player and his crisp shot was turned round a post by the alert Collins. Starlings corner fell to Hall, who drove over.

Mattishall were guilty of dropping too deep and not winning the second ball as Loddon started to dominate the midfield and possession.

After a couple of scares they deservedly equalised when a long diagonal ball fell to the unmarked Brown, who made no mistake.

It was all Loddon, and with five minutes left they so nearly took the lead.

However, Mattishall did not heed the warning and in the last minute another long diagonal ball found the substitute Greenhalf who scored unchallenged to totally turn the game on its head.

Mattishall Reserves visited Watton Reserves and came away with a 2-2 draw after a hotly-disputed penalty late in the game denied them victory.

Mattishall's scorers were Jordan Palmer and Christian Harbour.

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