Loddon find the going heavy as they lose key player to a broken arm
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After the heavy rain Loddon found the Hellesdon pitch heavy going and were unable to reproduce the winning performance of the corresponding fixture of a few weeks ago, losing 3-0.
After four minutes Ayre failed to challenge a defender for the ball. It went quickly to the heart of the Loddon defence who failed to deal with it and Hellesdon took the lead.
Weston attacked down the right at pace, but somehow tripped, without contact from his opponent, fell badly and the game had to be stopped while he had treatment. He was taken to hospital and was found to have broken his arm.
One Loddon long ball forward saw Rose valiantly chase and close the keeper and got a break when the ball spilled off him across the box, but his colleagues were not supporting and a golden opportunity was wasted.
Five minutes before the break, Hellesdon crossed low into the box and a dummy run created space for a clear shot which gave Avery little chance.
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In the second half Dunning found Baylis and a neat flick moved it on to Rose who picked out the top corner only to see the home keeper pull off a brilliant save.
Then from a Henery throw, the clearance found Summons who hit a looping effort goalwards. The keeper flapped and the ball fell to Rose but he was too close to the keeper to get any space and the chance was smothered and the ball was eventually cleared.
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Hellesdon came back with a couple of off-target shots and a simple effort for Avery to gather before they unleashed a shot from the edge of the box which forced Avery into a very smart full stretch save.
Hellesdon continued to push and with 10 minutes left, a cross from the right caught Avery off his line and he could only help it into the net.
The Musker McIntyre man of the match was just edged by Summons.
The loss of the ever-reliable Jamie Weston will be a big loss to the team and he is wished well and a speedy recovery by his team mates and all at the club.
Team: Avery, Weston, Henery, Hancock, Baylis, Parkin, Dunning, Summons, Evans, Myre, Rose. Subs: Buckingham, Pitcher, Webster.