Yachtsmen rue missed chances
PUBLISHED: 17:35 09 August 2009 | UPDATED: 16:24 10 September 2010
Wroxham 2, Hadleigh 2: Wroxham boss David Blatch looked at match statitics and rued missed chances. Hadleigh failed to get in one shot either on or off target in the first half, but equalised with a penalty.
Wroxham 2, Hadleigh 2
Wroxham boss David Blatch looked at match statitics and rued missed chances.
Hadleigh failed to get in one shot either on or off target in the first half, but equalised with a penalty. Then with the points looking in the bag: “We conceded a sloppy goal right at the death. We had 15 shots on target and only scored two.”
Wroxham started with the nucleous of last season team but ex-Norwich keeper Scott Howie made his debut along with Steve Spriggs and former player Martin McNeil returning. There was no place for last season's player of the year Josh Carus nor Andy Key. Hadleigh were under new management with Phil Grant and Gareth Thompson in charge.
Wroxham took the lead on 18 minutes with another move that sliced through the visitors' defence. Ollie King and Cook again combined with the big striker laying the ball off to Steve Spriggs who neatly slid the ball under keeper Benstead for a debut goal.
Wroxham were playing good football with both full backs involved when Shaun Howes raced forward and laid the ball off to Danny Self whose banana shot off the outside of his boot almost deceived the keeper.
Hadleigh hardly created a chance but all went wrong for the home side when the visitors equalised on 28 minutes. A blatant push on a Hadleigh forward was spotted by referee Sandell who awarded a spot kick from which Craig Payne sent Howie the wrong way.
Wroxham looked to have taken the points on 85 minutes when a free-kick from Howes on the right curled in to beat everyone apart from McNeil whole stole in on the blind side to hit the roof of the net.
But Hadleigh equalised with virtually the last kick when a similar free-kick beat the Wroxham defence and Scott Wark's header gave Howie no chance.