Loddon's double delight
Loddon United 1, St Andrews 0LODDON completed the Anglian Combination Premier Division double over the Saints.It was a decent home performance considering Loddon's 2010 home results, with five good defensive displays, the pick being Chris Andersen who was Musker McIntyre man of the match.
Loddon United 1, St Andrews 0
LODDON completed the Anglian Combination Premier Division double over the Saints.
It was a decent home performance considering Loddon's 2010 home results, with five good defensive displays, the pick being Chris Andersen who was Musker McIntyre man of the match.
A decent start saw Brown pull his shot across the face of goal after Summons set him up. Brown then whipped a great free-kick into the six-yard box which Marjoribanks was inches from meeting. Ayre picked up the clearance but shot high over the bar.
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Ayre was then beaten for pace but Howes made a terrific stop. On 20 minutes, Robin Andersen delivered a great cross, but a defender nipped in front of Marjoribanks to head clear for a corner.
A diving header from Ayre was deflected wide. Chris Andersen and Hancock combined well on the right, Durrant had a pop from distance charged down and Chris Andersen regained possession with a clever tackle.
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Saints sent Loddon a reminder when a glancing header from a corner went across the face of the home goal.
Robin Andersen had a drive from 30 yards, but St Andrews broke and Chris Andersen had to beat two strikers in the air to clear the threatening cross.
Another shot was cleared. Robin found Dan Andersen who cut inside to beat two men and feed Brown. He turned and beat the advancing keeper, shooting low inside the far post.
Just before the break, Brown crossed to eventually find Summons who fired into the side netting.
The second half started much the same as the first, no side really dominating. Parkin did well to force a good save from the visiting keeper before setting up Hancock, who shot wide.
Chris Andersen put in a brave defensive header and Durrant tidied up. A long, high ball was dealt with confidently under pressure by Ayre.
Fifteen minutes into the half things livened up a little. Dan Andersen crossed for Marjoribanks to head wide. Hancock had a half-chance and Dan Andersen did well to reach a cross from Brown but headed to the keeper.
St Andrews then had their best moment. A great long ball from right-back to left wing opened up Loddon's defence and a neat curling shot was only admired by Howes as it hit the woodwork.
Another break saw Howes make a terrific save from just under the bar. Summons then drove wide from the edge and Robin Andersen had one deflected away by a colleague.
St Andrews again had chances. A low drive took a bobble but Howes got his body behind it, and a Durrant clearance hit a Saints hand, the ball squared for a shot which looked goalbound only for Robin Andersen to appear from nowhere to dive and block heroically.
Loddon: Howes; Andersen C, Ayre M, Durrant (capt), Andersen R, Hancock, Summons G, Parkin M, Andersen D, Brown, Marjoribanks. Subs: Squire, Knights.