North Walsham Town notes

North Walsham Town made the long trip to West Norfolk to face Dersingham Rovers and, after an entertaining encounter, returned home with a point following a 1-1 draw.

North Walsham Town made the long trip to West Norfolk to face Dersingham Rovers and, after an entertaining encounter, returned home with a point following a 1-1 draw.

There were numerous changes from the side that defeated St Andrews the previous week due to the unavailability of Dunlop, Adam Bunton, Davies, Patterson & Marsh added to the continued absence of Wilton, Clifton & Davison. There were returns to the starting XI for Palmer and Hinton, Nicky Bunton moved up from the bench, whilst on the bench were youngster Lester and new signing Godbold.

Town made a somewhat solid start and were looking to play football at every opportunity on what was a decent surface. Unfortunately, they fell behind within 10 minutes when an untracked run by full back Daniels led to him firing low past Munday.

The Angels recomposed themselves and set about restoring parity to the scoreline and were controlling possession with Piper & Hinton instrumental in Walsham's play. Chances came and went as both Clarke & Hinton were wasteful when well placed, whilst Piper's fizzing free kick shook the crossbar.

As the game neared half time, Walsham were becoming restricted to long range efforts and they went in at the break trailing by the solitary goal.

Patience was the key word mentioned during the team talk as Town didn't want a repeat of the 2nd half display at Hempnall. It was Dersingham, however, who got on top early in the 2nd half and Munday's goal seemed to live a charmed life at times as he made two top drawer saves and Lown was on hand to make one goal saving challenge and then blocked another effort on the line with his hip.

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Town introduced both Godbold & Lester as they sought an equalizer and they began to regain a foothold in the game. On 70 minutes they grabbed an equalizer from an unlikely source. A free kick just inside the opposition half was expertly curled into the Dersingham area by substitute Marcus Godbold and evaded everyone to bounce into the far corner past a helpless home keeper.

They game then became end to end as both sides went searching for the winner and after Munday made another great save, it appeared as though Walsham would nab the points as they finished the stronger side. Unfortunately, the home keeper made 3 great saves to thwart Hinton, Hanby & Piper, whilst Lester slipped when well placed following a quick break masterminded by Fitzgerald. Tempers also became frayed in the latter stages as the quest for success became the only fixation on both sets of players' minds and both teams saw players enter the referee's notebook.

Soon after, the referee brought an end to a full blooded game which had a bit of everything for the spectator. Walsham probably felt they deserved more than a point based on their 1st half display, but in the end a draw was probably a fair result to both sides.

Following the game, joint manager Chase was soon on the phone from his sun lounger in Egypt wanting a full account of the afternoon's events and, as per his character, was questioning everything.

The Angels return to Greens Road for a league game against Mattishall on Friday 13th November (7:45pm KO) before hosting Ridgeons League side Dereham in the Norfolk Senior Cup on Saturday 21st November (3pm KO).

This was as good as it got for the club this week as the other 3 sides were all defeated. The Reserves lost 2-0 to leaders Aylsham, the A team succumbed to a 3-1 loss against rivals North Walsham Old Boys and a depleted Sunday side were unfortunate to lose 2-1 at Unthank Arms.