Loddon go top after win
Loddon rode their luck in the latter stages of the game against Wymondham and hung onto the points with a 2-1 win. With other results going their way they went home top of Anglian Combination Division One.
Loddon rode their luck in the latter stages of the game against Wymondham and hung onto the points with a 2-1 win.
With other results going their way they went home top of Anglian Combination Division One.
Wymondham were unlucky to leave George Lane with nothing the previous week, so the rematch at King's Head Meadow, would be a tough game.
Loddon, playing with the wind, dominated the early exchanges and the first chance fell to Ricky Summons on the edge of the box, but his snap shot was just wide of the target.
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Ricky Summons then found Brown and he, Shipley, and Wright with great control, created another good chance.
Shipley set up Wright again for another great cross which eluded everyone. Town broke, but Shipley calmly headed the cross back to Collins.
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Wright had a chance thwarted after good initial control but the best move thus far started with Andersen who found Ricky Summons.
He, in turn, found Sadler and his cross was volleyed over the bar by Gary Summons. Way won his umpteenth high ball and Ricky Summons set up Sadler but Loddon were to be punished for not finishing their numerous chances.
In the 25th minute, Town broke, slipped a neat ball into the channel for the left winger who laid it back and a low, driven low shot crept inside Collins' right-hand post to put the hosts one up.
It took just five minutes for Loddon to get back on terms. Hancock cleared a Town attack, Gary Summons put in a strong tackle and the ball split the home defence.
Brown and Wright both looked offside but the home linesman was in line and shook his head.
Wright collected the ball, rounded the keeper and slotted in a well-deserved goal for him and Loddon.
Baylis was penalised when querying the decision. Hancock and the Summons were putting some great winning tackles in midfield and Gary Summons had a strike.
Town replied and twice sliced open the Loddon defence but could not finish.
Brown then fed Sadler, and in turn Andersen, who flicked the ball up with his left and let fly with his right but sadly it was well over.
In the last minute of the half, Gary Summons took a corner from Loddon's right, and Baylis leaned in and gleefully headed at the far post to put the visitors in front 2-1 with their best 45 minutes of football in a while.
Five minutes into the half, Wright and Sadler worked well to win a corner from which Andersen made a great run and near the post headed just inches wide.
Brown then sliced a shot wide and Way made another telling interception. Andersen had a strike before working a one-two with Gary Summons whose shot struck an upright.
On the hour, Loddon's dominance of the game started to wane and their midfield and back line were all hands on deck.
Town headed a corner just over and just as a striker entered the box and was about to shoot, the referee blew for a head injury to Andersen who had been down for sometime. Another let-off.
Sadler was robbed in his own area but his resulting shot was wide.
Hancock, disappointed at being withdrawn, was replaced by Watts.
Ricky Summons did really well to clear and went straight to the other end to hold the ball at the corner and waste valuable seconds before sending in a great cross.
Andersen had a tame strike from 35 yards, but Town's young sub sliced through the Loddon defence and Collins had to bravely save at feet.
It was by now, all Wymondham and they let several more chances go begging - similar to the previous match. Battisson replaced Brown for the last five minutes.
Loddon: Collins; Shipley, Way, Baylis, Andersen; Hancock, Summons G, Summons R, Sadler M; Brown, Wright H. Subs: Watts, Battisson. Manager: Creegan. Assistant Manager: Matthews.