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Mousehold 3, Wensum 1In this Division One game, the first goal came after 10 minutes from a long ball out from Mousehold defence. Ben Jacob controlled the ball and flicked it over the defender towards goal, Chris Daniels then lifted it over the keeper as he came out and into the back of the net.

Mousehold 3, Wensum 1

In this Division One game, the first goal came after 10 minutes from a long ball out from Mousehold defence. Ben Jacob controlled the ball and flicked it over the defender towards goal, Chris Daniels then lifted it over the keeper as he came out and into the back of the net.

Half an hour into the game Wensum equalised. Their left winger collected the ball on the half-way line and Tom Spillane slipped over trying to stop him. He came on towards the box, Gareth Crick came out to cover for Tom but the attacker side-stepped and knocked it in at the near post.

On 55 minutes Mousehold took a corner on the left. Wensum cleared it but it fell to Brett Macey 30 yards out, who drilled it past everyone and into the net for 2-1.


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Ten minutes later Mousehold had a free kick 40 yards out on the touch-line, and Gareth chipped it towards the far post - the ball was coming out of the sun, no one went for it, and it just drifted into the net at the back post for 3-1. Despite some changes in the last 15 minutes, no further goals were forthcoming.

Man of the Match was awarded to Matt Taylor for never giving Wensum defence a chance to breath, and for constantly leading them away to create chances - made a real nuisance of himself and all this on his first time playing for the first team. Special mention goes to Dwayne Batley who was also in his first showing for the first team, and made a big impression.

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Mousehold Reserves 1, Taverham 1

In Division Two, just like the last time they met, the game was very even with Taverham proving a tough nut to crack.

In the first half the majority of the chances were Taverham's, but on 33 minutes, at the climax of one of his trademark runs, Andy Wenn was taken down in the penalty area. He was injured, and after leaving the pitch for treatment and a yellow card being given to the defender, a penalty was awarded.

Dan Tolliday took it, but failed, and despite four Mousehold players trying to follow it up and the pin-ball that resulted somehow the ball was eventually cleared and the score was still nil-nil.

The game had been going on for 51 minutes, deep into injury time, when a Taverham player went down injured in defence, and was unable to continue. The game had just restarted with his substitute, and Mousehold had a promising but unsuccessful shot on goal when the whistle went for half-time.

About 20 minutes into the second half Jason Brooks came on for Tom Wingfield, and 25 minutes in Ben Bell came on for Will Bowers.

It was only about five minutes after this that Fraser McLean scored for Mousehold….and then the linesman's flag went up for offside.

Mousehold were understandably upset and frustrated, as the goal had been hard fought, and they genuinely believed this was not an offside.

On minutes Fraser came off, and Matt Brown came on. Three minutes later Taverham scored. It was a distance volley, travelling at speed, and although the keeper Howard Davis leapt for it, he just couldn't get his hand to it.

One minute into injury time Matt was taken down in the penalty area when he was in no position to score. Matt took the resulting penalty, and scored, putting the ball straight down the middle, following it up with a repeat of his celebration from last week.

Now the game hotted up. Taverham desperate to reclaim their win, and Mousehold had the smell of three points in their nostrils.

There was a throw in at the Mousehold end but it was knocked away. There was attack after attack on the Taverham goal, with Mousehold putting everything behind the ball…and the game just kept on going!

Finally the pressure showed when Jason Brooks was barged by a Taverham defender just outside the area, and surprisingly lost his cool - totally out of character. His team mates prevented it getting any further out of hand, the referee handed him a yellow card, and Mousehold took their free kick from 25 yards…which was knocked over the bar by the keeper as the referee finally blew his whistle.

After the game co-manager Matt Brown stated that the last 45 minutes was the best Mousehold Reserves had played all season, although Howard (the other co-manager) pointed out that again there were countless chances during the game that were missed, and really they should have won.

Man of the Match was given to Dan Tolliday for another exceptional performance in centre-back.

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