Mousehold 1, Loddon Utd 4: Loddon started the better in the first 10 minutes, with a couple of chances but failed to convert. Mousehold got a chance to score when the Loddon keeper failed to clear properly - the ball went straight to Andy Brown, but he put ball across the open goal.
Mousehold 1, Loddon Utd 4
Loddon started the better in the first 10 minutes, with a couple of chances but failed to convert. Mousehold got a chance to score when the Loddon keeper failed to clear properly - the ball went straight to Andy Brown, but he put ball across the open goal. Loddon then went straight to other end where a Mousehold defensive mistake led to their first goal. Both teams had further half-chances in the remainder of the half, but neither converted and it was still 1-0 at halftime.
In the second half Loddon again started strongly, creating a couple of early chances but again failed to convert. Their second goal came from free kick, a long one, which their striker then flicked in past the keeper. Mousehold had a substitution in an attempt to shake things up, but Loddon kept coming forward. Their third was from a corner, down to poor defending. Mousehold pushed forward trying to get a goal back, which Ben Jacob did with a header from the edge of the penalty area - it was a scramble in front of goal, and Ben put it into an empty net. Mousehold should have made it 3-2 but for a good save from the Loddon keeper a couple of minutes later. Loddon then broke forward straight away and got their fourth from a long-range effort into the top corner. It was a poor performance from Mousehold all round with some of the players just going through the motions, and Loddon deserved the win. Man of the Match awarded to the keeper, Mark Brandish.
t Mousehold Res 0, Norwich Medics 4
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Mousehold started strongly, with a great team spirit, getting the first corner of the game within the first 10 seconds. This aggressive play continued for the first 10 minutes or so, before the balance of power started to shift Medics way. 10 minutes into the game Rob Stibbon, the Mousehold keeper, made the first of a score of great one-on-one saves, knocking the ball out for a corner when the Mousehold defence held too tight a line letting the Norwich Medics striker through.
Three minutes later he was at it again, diving at the striker's feet to knock the ball out for another corner. This time however, the ball coming in found a Medic head and rebounded back into the goal from the inside of the post for the Medics' first goal.
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17 minutes in and the keeper had another one, throwing himself at the striker's feet again, but this time wrapping himself around the ball to prevent a further corner. 20 minutes in and an unlucky own goal - the ball striking Tom Wingfield's feet as he tried desperately to get in front of it, right in the goalmouth. The manager Howard again was unhappy with the back four, instructing the captain to address their organisation and placement.
Far too many Medics corners followed, with a complete switch from the start, and the ball hardly making it into the Medics half except following the Mousehold keeper's goal kicks. Until the half-hour mark when finally Mousehold started to make inroads into the Medics defence, but still the keeper was having to make last-ditch saves, which usually resulted in further corners. By the 39th minute Mousehold finally had their first attempt on goal since the first 10 minutes. When the half-time whistle came it was an unwelcome interruption, as Mousehold had built up their momentum and were again driving the ball forward.
After the break Mousehold again came out strongly, with their first attempt on goal within the first few minutes, but despite pushing forwards they seemed unable to find the finish. 13 minutes into the half Matt Brown came within a whisker of scoring, but the keeper managed to knock it out for a corner.
A couple of minutes later Howard brought Matt and Ben Bell off, bringing on Andy Wenn up front and Bruno Pinto into mid-field, and instigated a change in formation going from a 4-4-2 to a 3-5-2. Within 10 seconds of the restart, Mousehold almost had the ball in the net again.
10 minutes later Barry Woods came off for Paul Mitchell, and another change in positions to accommodate him. On 80 minutes a corner gave Tom Wingfield a free header, but he put it over the bar. On 82 minutes Medics scored again, when their striker just beat the Mousehold defence with his speed, and on 89 minutes they got their final goal.
Norwich Medics commented after the game that a 4-0 score line wasn't a true reflection of the game, but while Mousehold are creating chances, they still are not able to produce a convincing finish. Man of the Match was given to Rob Stibbon.