Loddon aim for cup win repeat
TOMORROW Loddon United aim to repeat last year's Norfolk Senior Cup win at Ridgeons League Division One Fakenham Town.Then United crushed the Ghosts 4-1, and although the north Norfolk side is again struggling near the foot of their table, they had their first league win last week, 4-0 against Long Melford, without main striker Karl Pask who returns tomorrow.
TOMORROW Loddon United aim to repeat last year's Norfolk Senior Cup win at Ridgeons League Division One Fakenham Town.
Then United crushed the Ghosts 4-1, and although the north Norfolk side is again struggling near the foot of their table, they had their first league win last week, 4-0 against Long Melford, without main striker Karl Pask who returns tomorrow.
Loddon, meanwhile, were lucky to scrape a point against defending Anglian Combination champions Wroxham Reserves, who are struggling, having lost players.
Tomorrow's cup game at Fakenham kicks off at 3pm. Coach leaves Jubilee Hall at 12.30pm.
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Loddon drew 0-0 with visitors Wroxham Reserves.
On paper, and looking at league position, this should have been a routine three points for Loddon. As it turned out, they were lucky to scrape a point.
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But on a positive note, it was another clean sheet for the defence and keeper who are doing their job well, but Loddon showed little up front and little in the way of creativity in midfield.
The game kicked off 20 minutes late because Wroxham turned up in red kit and had to wait for an alternative. Consequently the referee decided to play 40 minutes each way.
Loddon went straight on the offensive. Summons charged down a clearance, Hancock took one touch and fired in a left-foot shot which was well saved. Wroxham then had a corner, Collins saved the header and the ball was cleared off the line.
Wroxham tried a speculative shot from 35 yards and Loddon had a series of crosses, all easily cleared. Way suffered a cut head but after a bit of treatment was soon back in action.
Andersen chipped in a cross which Baylis laid off to Brown, but he sliced his shot well wide. A neat move between Sadler, Brown, Gricks and Summons was foiled when Summons' final through ball was cut out, but these moves were few and far between as Loddon struggled to keep possession.
An Andersen cross found Wright in space but he failed to connect with the header. Sadler chased his opposite number and put in a well-timed tackle to regain lost possession.
The second half was as equally non-eventful with Wroxham getting more into the game as their confidence grew. Summons headed clear a corner and watched Wroxham's resulting volley sliced just wide.
At the other end Sadler crossed, but with no willing strikers up front it was again wasted. Hancock made a good run to get to an Andersen cross but Sadler was judged offside as he went through to test the keeper.
Wroxham broke into the box and a forward rounded Collins, only to shoot over. Hancock made a good run to the bye line but his cross was cleared and Baylis tried his luck from the centre circle.
With 25 minutes left Lewis Frost came on for his first appearance, replacing Hancock, and two minutes later Gricks made way to Gunton.
Collins was called into action smothering a curling free-kick and then could only watch as another Wroxham effort went narrowly wide.
The last five minutes was probably the most interesting. A Loddon free-kick into the box fell to Frost but was cleared before he could strike. Wroxham broke and Andersen had to put in a match-saving tackle.
Wroxham then hit a post from an acute angle. Summons set up Sadler for a great effort well stopped. Gunton had a header from Andersen's cross and Sadler tried again but sliced high and wide.
Loddon deserved no more than a point.
It was tempting to give the Musker McIntyre MoM to the referee for an excellent performance and great example of how to take control of a game, but it went to Tommy Baylis for another solid performance at the back.
Team: Collins; Shipley, Way, Baylis, Andersen R; Hancock, Gricks, Summons R, Sadler; Wright, Brown. Subs: Gunton, Frost.