Three wins in row for Loddon
A third win in a row for Loddon sees them seventh in the Anglian Combination Premier Division table.On a hard, dry pitch at Dussingdale against AFC Norwich there was no early domination but Hancock started well both defensively and creatively.
A third win in a row for Loddon sees them seventh in the Anglian Combination Premier Division table.
On a hard, dry pitch at Dussingdale against AFC Norwich there was no early domination but Hancock started well both defensively and creatively.
Loddon managed a couple of wayward shots from Marjoribanks and Dan Andersen, but on 13 minutes Sadler won the ball and found Robin Andersen. His deep, looping cross evaded the keeper and dropped into the net off a post to give the visitors a slightly fortunate lead.
Four minutes later, an early substitution by AFC saw the arrival of their keeper, but within another five minutes Loddon had extended their lead.
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Dan Andersen challenged to win possession, Chohan played a one-two with Wright into the box and went through to give the new keeper no chance.
On 25 minutes, Robin Andersen found Brown on the left. He crossed to the far side of the box where Dan Andersen did well to head back across the area. Wright shot at the keeper, who tried in vain to prevent the ball crossing the line.
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Some neat defending by Durrant and important interceptions from Way kept AFC at bay.
Dan Andersen got on the end of a Robin Andersen cross to head down for Wright. His first shot was saved and his second went wide.
From a Collins throw out, Dan made 50-yards and fired a low cross looking for Sadler but it was just intercepted by a defender. From the resulting corner, AFC broke but Hancock was on hand to cover.
A decent spell of pressure by AFC saw a shot go over and some solid defending by Loddon kept their lead intact.
The second half saw AFC throw an extra man forward and have much more of the play.
Within six minutes of the restart they pulled one back. A cheap free-kick was conceded 25 yards out and driven in. Collins saved well after a tricky deflection, but the follow-up was put away.
Further pressure from AFC saw Collins punch clear before Marjoribanks fed Brown, whose first-time strike was way off target.
A lovely turn by Wright set up Sadler but the keeper saved well.
On the hour, Shipley came on for Chohan. Sadler wriggled free from three opponents in the centre circle, made ground and crossed to Brown who attempted a first-time volley which misfired.
AFC broke and a neat move ended with an attempt just wide and an offside flag.
Way cleared long to Sadler, the keeper came out of his area but only sliced his clearance to Brown. His shot was blocked and Sadler fired the rebound wide.
For the last 12 minutes Matthews replaced Brown, and his first touch was to slide in and retrieve possession - but Dan Andersen tamely shot to the keeper.
Shipley covered well at the back with a timely header and then got forward to very nearly reach a long ball by Durrant.
AFC continued to pump balls forward but Collins' handling was good and Way was able to find row Z.
Baker came on for Sadler, Matthews laid the ball to Robin Andersen, who pushed to Baker in the box. With a cheeky back-heel he found Matthews, who fired wide.
As AFC pushed forward, Loddon became a bit edgy, but survived.
As ever a few candidates, but Musker McIntyre man of the match, for showing some great touches and his workrate for the team cause, goes to Alex Brown.
Final score: AFC Norwich 1, Loddon United 3
Loddon: Collins; Hancock, Way, Durrant, Andersen R; Andersen D, Marjoribanks, Chohan, Sadler; Wright, Brown. Subs: Shipley, Matthews, Baker A.