Youngster Rose takes centre stage as Loddon win
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Loddon recorded a decent victory over North Walsham after a brace from young Jake Rose.
It was Walsham who started on the front foot and twice Dan Avery was sharply out of his box to thwart the visitors.
On 13 minutes, against the run of play, a Loddon free-kick on the edge of their own area found Parkin on the left. A neat volley found Ayre in the box and his deftest of touches set up Rose close in to find the smallest gap at the near post and calmly slot home.
The visitors got back on level terms on 35 minutes when Avery punched clear and the ball fell kindly for the visitors and a shot from the edge of the box snuck just inside the post.
Loddon had the first real chance of the second half, with Parkin’s shot being deflected for a corner.
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On 58 minutes Hancock headed a clearance forward and Rose beat his man and pulled his cross back to the edge of the box where Ayre arrived to drive home superbly to regain the lead.
Rose’s next cross was cut out before Summons ghosted in at the far post to get on the end of Henery’s cross and fire in but the keeper palmed away.
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Ayre chested and volleyed to force a save before but Rose curled a delightful shot into the far top corner to extend Loddon’s lead in style.
Sait-Stewart then found Rose who fired just wide with a first time shot before Town pulled one back with a snap shot, giving Loddon a nervy last five minutes.
But the crowd needn’t have worried because good possession with Summons, Rose and Parkin allowed the latter to win a corner. Summons drove it to the far post where Jermy got his just rewards with a top corner bullet header to complete the scoring.
Shipley, Dunning and Parkin defended corners and attacks in the box to see out the final minutes and secure the three points and set up the away fixture on April 22. Loddon are at home to Attleborough in a mid-table game tomorrow (2.30pm).
This was a good team performance but top picks were Jermy at the back, Parkin and Sait-Stewart in midfield. A great shift as ever from Rose up front, capped with two goals and an assist, earned him the Musker McIntyre MoM.
Loddon United: D Avery, M Shipley, D Henery, C Hancock, S Jermy, R Sait-Stewart, A Dunning, M Parkin, G Summons, J Rose, M Ayre. Sub: R Kelly.