North Walsham club notes

PUBLISHED: 13:14 19 October 2009 | UPDATED: 16:37 10 September 2010

North Walsham Town played host to Spixworth and ground out a hard fought 2-1 win to maintain their impressive start to the season.

Town's preparations were dealt a blow by the late withdrawal of Grand on medical grounds, but Davison replaced him in the starting line-up and there were recalls for Clarke, Fitzgerald, Palmer & Lown.

North Walsham Town played host to Spixworth and ground out a hard fought 2-1 win to maintain their impressive start to the season.

Town's preparations were dealt a blow by the late withdrawal of Grand on medical grounds, but Davison replaced him in the starting line-up and there were recalls for Clarke, Fitzgerald, Palmer & Lown. The bench consisted of Bunton Jnr, Davies & Doggett.

The opening stages were played at a helter skelter pace with both sides looking to attack at every opportunity and many aerials battles being fought. At one end, Fitzgerald was looking dangerous and was thwarted by the keeper, whilst in the Town goal, Munday earned his spurs with two fine saves and was dealing with high crosses very well. On the balance of play, Spixworth probably shaded it with their aerial bombardment of the Town area, but Town grabbed the opening goal on the stroke of half time.

A corner from Hinton was half cleared but delicately dinked back into the box by Piper, where the opposing keeper fumbled under pressure and presented Matt Lown with a simple finish into an unguarded net from 6yds.

Despite being warned that the early part of the 2nd half would be vitally important, Town were slow out of the blocks and Spixworth were soon on level terms. A break down their right resulted in a low cross being clipped home by Didwell giving Munday no chance. The visitors then seemed to dominate proceedings but Town's resolve held firm and they gradually worked their way back into the game. On the hour, Davies replaced Bunton Snr on the right and his introduction provided a fresh impetus to Town's play.

On 70 mins, Town thought they had regained the lead. Piper's 30yd piledriver rocked the crossbar and Clarke bundled the ball home but was adjudged to have impeded the keeper. The frustration was short-lived though as with 12mins remaining they took the lead. Davies won the ball back and, following some intricate football, David Hinton unleashed a thunderous volley that flew into the top corner from 20yds.

As expected, Spixworth then threw everything forward in search of another equaliser, but Town defended with steely nerves and brave hearts to hold on for the valuable three points. This win extended Town's winning run to 4 games and was especially pleasing to the management for the manner in which the 3pts were achieved. It is hoped this form and confidence can be carried into the coming fixtures, which include a Senior Cup home tie against Ridgeons Premier Division side Dereham Town.

In a pleasing weekend for the club, the Reserves travelled to higher opposition at Thetford Rovers in the Junior Cup and, but for a last minute equaliser would have progressed. The game finished 2-2 (London, Rudd) and it is hoped the Angels can finish off the tie in the replay this week. The A team returned to winning ways with a 5-2 (Lee Payne 3, Coop, Page) victory over Lyng and the Sunday side returned from Windmill Wanderers with a 7-3 (Davis 2, McGilway 2, Jarrad, Lown & Tindall) win.

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