Loddon dump Ghosts out of cup
FOR the second year running, Loddon travelled to Clipbush Park and dumped Fakenham out of the Senior Cup, this time chalking up a 5-1 victory.After the dreadful performance in the 0-0 draw at home to Wroxham Reserves some of the Loddon players needed to prove themselves worthy of the faith their managers had shown in them.
FOR the second year running, Loddon travelled to Clipbush Park and dumped Fakenham out of the Senior Cup, this time chalking up a 5-1 victory.
After the dreadful performance in the 0-0 draw at home to Wroxham Reserves some of the Loddon players needed to prove themselves worthy of the faith their managers had shown in them. This they did, and put up their best show for some weeks.
Ricky Summons and Andersen combined, and Wright crossed to Hancock. He cushioned his header perfectly to set up Brown who tested the keeper with a neat volley.
Then Way deflected a Town cross towards his own goal, but fortunately Collins was on hand to make the save. Another cross from Town's left saw a shot fired just wide of Collins' post, and Shipley had to cover a long ball, as the Ghosts enjoyed a short spell of possession.
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Gary Summons flicked on for Sadler to chase, the ball was cleared but Andersen got it forward again where Sadler found Ricky Summons before Hancock crossed wide.
On 20 minutes a neat move involving Andersen, Brown and Hancock ended with Wright winning a free-kick just outside the box. Andersen stepped up, curled it around the wall and a defender could only help it on its way into the net. Three minutes later Brown latched onto a loose ball from a Wright corner and fired in from close range for 2-0.
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Baylis was turned but still won back possession, and then had to dive to head back the next cross to Collins. Loddon had several good moves, stringing passes together but could not create that final clear-cut chance.
Loddon started the second half with Oliver on for Sadler who had received a knock. Wright moved to the left. Fakenham had the first chance firing over after Baylis appeared to be fouled. Baylis' next tackle was superbly timed in repayment.
Gary Summons was showing some neat touches in midfield, but it was brother Ricky who popped up with a goal 16 minutes into the half. Great closing down by Brown on the keeper caused a poor clearance. It fell to Ricky Summons, and with one touch and a well-placed lob scored his first of the season.
Fakenham came close again with a long shot which Collins tipped over. Three minutes later, Shipley made a great block but Way just caught his striker late and Town converted the penalty.
A minute later, pressure by Wright and another poor clearance found Oliver who set up Brown for his second.
Wright, having worked tirelessly, then made way for Dan Andersen. With his very first touch, he closed down the full-back to regain possession, found Brown who returned the compliment to Oliver and he made no mistake for 5-1.
With 10 minutes left, a touch of cramp encouraged Way to give Battisson a chance of another ageless cameo appearance. Oliver had an effort just over, Gary Summons just wide, and Dan Andersen fired over.
A superb all-round squad performance. Again the back five were excellent but at last the midfield and front line produced the style of football of which they are capable.
Brown was close with involvement in all the goals, but Musker McIntyre MoM goes to Tom Baylis for another great display at the back.