Loddon in fine form
Dersingham 1, Loddon United 3Loddon started where they left off the previous week and set the tempo with crisp passing which quickly give them a winning platform.
Dersingham 1, Loddon United 3
Loddon started where they left off the previous week and set the tempo with crisp passing which quickly give them a winning platform.
Inside two minutes a lovely flowing move of eight sharp passes through the team ended with a cross and a neat step-over from Robin Andersen to give Gary Summons a great chance which well blocked by the keeper.
Loddon dominated, with the occasional break from Rovers, and in the 14th minute Robin Andersen broke up an attack and a superb flowing move involving Young, Greenhalf, Gary Summons and Hancock ended with a cross for Marjoribanks at the near post to squeeze it in off the keeper for 1-0.
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Five minutes later Knights received the ball from Gary Summons, played a neat one-two with Hancock, crossed and again Marjoribanks was at the near post. But it broke to Gary Summons who fired home.
Rovers now gained a little more possession and Squire and Baylis put in well-timed tackles in the box. Chris Andersen slipped a great ball through to Knights who chipped the advancing keeper but into the side netting.
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Rovers picked up a loose ball, a low cross fizzed across the box and gave Loddon a little reminder. Their next break down the right saw a forward cut inside, cross, and find an unmarked colleague who beat Young from close in for 2-1Loddon.
Robin Andersen reacted with a brilliant mazey run down the left but the goal lifted Rovers. Young almost casually took a top-corner shot and watched another strike slice wide. Knights, who was pivotal in many of the Loddon attacks, was then taken out late and the offender shown yellow.
After the break, Baylis, having deputised well for the injured Durrant, thought he had time and was grateful to see his error wasted. Another flowing move ended when Ricky Summons squared to Greenhalf but his effort was cleared off the line.
The first change came from the Loddon management. Chris Andersen had enjoyed an excellent game but Hancock's greater experience was moved to right-back and Dan Andersen brought on wide right.
A Rovers striker completely missed his kick in front of goal for a real let-off for Loddon as they failed to really test Young. Matt Sadler replaced Greenhalf who had had an effective first half but suffered a stretched knee. Young got in a great challenge and Baylis dived to block. The Loddon defence and midfield held firm.
Knights went close, Rovers hit the bar from distance and forced a good save from Young. Hancock went on a defence-splitting run but Dan Andersen sliced his cross. He made amends in the dying seconds. A good win by Ricky Summons started the move which ended with a clumsy tackle on Dan Andersen. Marjoribanks converted the resulting penalty, 3-1.
Young and Hancock were contenders, but Musker McIntyre man of the match was Gary Summons for box-to-box commitment and a rare strike.
Loddon: Young, Andersen C, Squire, Baylis, Andersen R; Hancock, Summons G, Summons R, Greenhalf, Marjoribanks, Knights. Subs: Andersen D, Sadler.