Loddon improve but still lose
Loddon travelled to Wroxham Reserves on Tuesday evening and although they lost 3-1 they put up a much better performance. A five-minute period at the start of the second half when concentration levels slipped resulted in two Wroxham goals.
Loddon travelled to Wroxham Reserves on Tuesday evening and although they lost 3-1 they put up a much better performance.
A five-minute period at the start of the second half when concentration levels slipped resulted in two Wroxham goals.
Loddon rallied well and created several chances, but a third Wroxham goal followed 10 minutes later after a short pass on the halfway line was punished.
Matthews and Chohan replaced Brown and Ricky Summons and Loddon were rewarded when Wright scored following a good spell of pressure.
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With Wroxham fielding several first team players, Loddon can be encouraged by this much improved performance as they head for Sheringham. Sadler was a candidate, but Musker McIntyre man of the match goes to Gary Summons.
In the previous game, Loddon hosted Cromer Town and lost 4-0.
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In the first exchanges Loddon looked up for the task, but it was Cromer who took the initiative, forcing a goal-line clearance and mustering a couple of shots.
Loddon responded with a delightful cross-field pass from Greenhalf, but for once Dan Andersen's first touch let him down. Gary Summons and Gunton combined to get Andersen away and his cross was deflected for a corner which Gary met with his head only to see it cleared off the line.
Had this gone in we could so easily have seen a different game, as three minutes later Cromer broke down their left, got behind Gunton (was I the only one to see the push on him) to the by-line and the cross converted from close-range.
Soon after, Loddon had two failed attacks, Cromer regained possession, Way was beaten on the edge and Cromer had their second.
Ricky Summons tested Andersen's pace with a cross ball which he did well to keep in and cross where a half-chance was claimed by the keeper. Sadler did well on the left to create space and Gary Summons put a delightful ball through for Marjoribanks who was being held, but nothing given.
Sadler hit a nice pass to Andersen who lost and regained possession. Cromer cleared and broke forward but Ricky Summons got back to tidy up.
Cromer had two shots blocked and a 35-yarder well wide, but their movement and touches in and around the box had been excellent. Half-time 0-2.
Within two minutes of the restart, Cromer pulled a great save out of Collins, but he could not hold and the follow up was buried to all but finish Loddon's hopes.
Gunton twice cleared and Marjoribanks headed on for Andersen to put Wright away to no avail. Durrant recovered well from an error, found Andersen and Marjoribanks dived to head in the cross only to see the flag raised for offside.
Durrant did well when outnumbered and found Greenhalf, he put through Wright and again, being held back, nothing was given.
Hancock came on for Gunton and immediately was close to reaching a free-kick. A decent attacked fizzled out as Loddon gave the ball away after a good build up.
A Gary Summons free-kick was well flighted to the far post but the keeper claimed.
Brown then replaced Sadler with Wright moving to the left.
The latter cut inside and set up Ricky Summons for an off-target effort.
Cromer volleyed wide from a deep free-kick, Way went off for treatment and Wright could not test the keeper from distance.
Chohan replaced the limping Way and Loddon went three at the back.
Collins saved well from Cromer's big centre half, and from a second corner the same player had a free header over the bar.
Cromer missed a sitter and Andersen hit a cross onto the top of the net after beating his full back.
A decent ball from Ricky Summons saw Chohan close and force a mistake by the keeper but Loddon were far too slow in backing up. Durrant did well to deflect another Cromer effort over.
Loddon cleared the corner but Brown was offside.
Wright lost possession, the ball was knocked forward and came off Durrant and the Cromer No. 9 (in an offside position when the ball was played forward) fired into the top corner for 4-0.
Loddon had a great chance to avoid a whitewash.
Tidy defending by Durrant found Gary Summons, he went wide to Hancock and Chohan, running from deep, latched onto the cross only to see the flag controversially raised again!
Cromer were very good going forward with quick movement and passing and fully deserved their win.
For Loddon, Andersen worked hard as usual, but Musker McIntyre man of the match goes to the skipper Ricky Summons for keeping his head up when all around were lowering theirs, right until the final whistle.