No sparkler, but Loddon get a win
Loddon Utd 1, Spixworth Utd 0THIS game was more of a damp squib than a sparkler - a win which puts Loddon three points ahead of Spixworth in mid-table, and now nearer the top than the bottom.
Loddon Utd 1, Spixworth Utd 0
THIS game was more of a damp squib than a sparkler - a win which puts Loddon three points ahead of Spixworth in mid-table, and now nearer the top than the bottom.
Loddon started brightly with an offside against Marjoribanks and a Gricks shot blocked. Collins coped with a tame shot and header and Ford calmly headed a cross back to his keeper.
A lovely move from Loddon started when Hayton picked out Sadler, who heeled to Gricks. He touched to Greenhalf who sent in a fizzing low cross, which the keeper collected. An untypically poor free-kick by Durrant was sliced to Spixworth who broke quickly, but their No 10 shot over.
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Squire was consistently winning his aerial contests. Ford was beaten down the left but got back and put in a superbly-timed tackle.
Hancock lost possession to allow Spixworth a shot which faded just wide of Collins' left-hand post, but made amends soon after. A Greenhalf cross was touched onto the near post by Marjoribanks and Hancock was on hand to finish and put Loddon 1-0 up.
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Hayton won a free-kick, but Marjoribanks could not test the keeper from 20 yards. Then Spixworth sent a free-kick into the box, but a header looped over.
Squire and Durrant covered each other well when stretched. Loddon strung together a series of passes which ended when Summons' through-ball for Hancock was just too long and collected.
A Spixworth midfielder suffered a bloody nose from an accidental elbow, but they upped their game.
A Spixworth free-kick found a player unmarked, but he blazed wide. Collins shepherded another limp effort out for a goal-kick. Loddon, particularly Summons in midfield receiving a yellow for his efforts, were having to scrap to keep Spixworth at bay. Ford also saw yellow for a little niggle in the centre circle and a Spixworth forward caught Collins late as frustration set in on both sides. Spixworth delivered a measured through-ball, Collins slipped but somehow recovered enough to get the faintest touch to deflect the ball out.
A clever run across the box by Hancock almost let in Wise, Hancock had a shot charged down and Andersen hit a sweet drive just wide. Wise won a free-kick with his explosive speed but Summons' free-kick beat everyone at the far post. Squire, Durrant and Collins shut up shop and Loddon held on to a precious three points.
Pick of the bunch and Musker McIntyre MoM was Phil Squire.