Squire salvages point for Loddon
LODDON desperately needed to halt their poor run of results against second-bottom Watton. In fact they only salvaged a point in the last minute with a header from Squire, having dominated most of the game.
LODDON desperately needed to halt their poor run of results against second-bottom Watton.
In fact they only salvaged a point in the last minute with a header from Squire, having dominated most of the game.
Loddon will hope for better at fourth-bottom Spixworth tomorrow.
Loddon United 1, Watton United 1
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An early free-kick by Summons was picked up by Knights who managed to turn and deliver a cross from a tight angle which came off the bar.
Dan Andersen won possession and picked out Sadler; with the deftest of touches he laid it to Knights who then fired just over.
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Marjoribanks touched to Summons whose drive was deflected wide, and Robin Andersen's shot from 30 yards was not far away. Halfway through the half, Robin crossed for Dan Andersen to strike first time and test the keeper.
Marjoribanks then chipped into the keeper's arms after good approach play. Sadler lost possession cheaply in midfield and Baylis was late trying to recover the situation, earning a yellow card.
Sadler made amends winning back the ball, finding Robin Andersen to cross for Dan who rose well but could not get high enough to guide a header on target.
Parkin, Knights and Sadler all did well before Marjoribanks had another tame effort to the keeper, and a Sadler free- kick curled over. Summons and Parkin were controlling the middle despite their defence bypassing them far too often with long balls. Just before the break Baylis got up well to meet a corner but saw his header go wide.
After the break, Baylis again got to a corner. This time his volley was blocked. Summons, working hard in midfield, set up another good move. Dan Andersen was now finding more space on the right and delivering good crosses.
Parkin was twice blocked; Marjoribanks headed on sweetly from Chris Andersen but too long for Knights before Watton broke and Young was forced into a double save to keep it level.
A neat Knights back heel set up Dan Andersen for a shot, Sadler almost reached a cross, Watton almost capitalised on a Baylis error, and Summons chipped a great pass into Dan Andersen's path but the cross was cleared. The next corner somehow hit Marjoribanks in the face, trickling wide.
Loddon continued to dominate with the odd break from the visitors. Robin Andersen was then caught out when he turned and tackled and the forward went down but the referee waved play on.
Baylis was then penalised for no apparent reason. The kick was hoisted in, Young's punch failed to clear and an extra man on the far post bundled the ball home for an unlikely Watton goal.
This prompted fresh legs from the bench in the form of Hancock for Sadler and Loddon pushed for the equaliser. Marjoribanks and Hancock set up Summons, then from corner, Baylis was blocked, Parkin hit a post and Dan Andersen fired wildly.
It was attack after attack but Watton defenders were reading the crosses quicker than Loddon.
Knights had a chance but took one too many touches and allowed the keeper in. Watton then broke and Durrant was on hand for a well-timed tackle.
Durrant then got to a corner at the other end but headed wide. Squire came on up front for the last five minutes to replace Baylis.
Durrant saved Loddon with another timely block and well into injury time. Young went route one, Squire gambled and bravely got his head to the ball as the keeper came out and watched with delight as it crossed the line, with Watton complaining in vain about an earlier linesman's flag at the other end.
Parkin received from Hancock, beat one and casually picked his spot, only to see the visiting keeper make a wonderful save to retain a point.
This was no less than Loddon deserved in a largely one-sided but entertaining affair. It was a sweet reward for Squire who has been a tower of strength at the back this season, and unlucky to find himself on the bench after a couple of slightly below-par performances.
A great performance from Parkin, staking his claim to replace the soon-to- depart Ricky Summons, but Musker McIntyre MoM goes to Gary Summons for another all-round top display.
Loddon: Young, Andersen C, Baylis, Durrant (capt), Andersen R, Andersen D, Summons G, Parkin, Sadler, Marjoribanks, Knights. Subs: Hancock, Squire.