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Loddon so lucky

PUBLISHED: 10:24 07 March 2008 | UPDATED: 10:15 01 August 2010

AFTER the defeat at Attleborough it was vital to bounce back with a win. Loddon achieved that against visitors Wymondham - just - with a 2-1 win.

With the wind in their favour, Wymondham had the first chance after two minutes.

AFTER the defeat at Attleborough it was vital to bounce back with a win. Loddon achieved that against visitors Wymondham - just - with a 2-1 win.

With the wind in their favour, Wymondham had the first chance after two minutes. Collins saved with his foot and the resultant corner was fired over.

Loddon replied with the keeper making good saves from Wright and Sadler. Way then headed clear a Town corner but the return shot from well out had Collins back-peddling to palm over.

Sadler, helping out on the right, put in a cross cleared as far as Andersen. He put Gary Summons through towards the box and his quick feet earned a free-kick on the edge and a painful shin.

The kick produced a corner which was then cleared off the line. Baylis, attempting to meet a Way free-kick, received what looked a blatant push in the back. The ball fell to Sadler who fired high.

Loddon were struggling to hold possession for any length of time and failing to pick up second balls. Town broke again down the right but their No 6, under good pressure from Shipley, shot well over. A half-chance fell for Sadler and half-time tea beckoned.

Loddon looked much brighter, and three minutes after the restart went ahead. Brown latched onto a great through ball, the keeper parried and Brown scored at the second attempt.

Gary Summons found Brown, who fed Hancock on the right, and the keeper went down bravely. Buty he suffered a dislocated finger and had to go off. Hancock too needed treatment and the No 5 took the keeper's jersey.

Sadler sent in a superb cross which Hancock laid back to Brown, but the stand-in keeper made a great save. Wright had another effort go over.

On 70 minutes Baylis chased a loose ball, went down under pressure from two defenders and the referee pointed to the spot. The No 10 was booked for his protestations and Brown netted the kick.

Shortly afterwards, Town were back in the game. Ricky Summons gave away a free-kick on the right. The first ball in was only partially cleared by Baylis, and the second was fired inside the far post.

Straight from the restart, Brown cheekily shot from the halfway line but was well wide. Gricks replaced Sadler, who had shown some nice touches and hard work. Town's stand-in keeper did well clearing a couple of through balls, and Loddon had a lucky escape during a goalmouth scramble.

Loddon looked quite ragged, giving the ball away far too easily. Mis-timing in the Loddon defence saw the ball lobbed over the advancing Collins, hit the post and fall conveniently into Collins' hands. Moments later he did well to take the ball under pressure, and Loddon hung on as Town threatened again.

Battisson replaced Brown and provided an outlet up front with some neat head-ons. Wright found himself in the book. Way did well at the back and Loddon survived to hang on to a valuable, if slightly undeserved, win, thankful for Town's wayward shooting.

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