Wilkes’ strike seals Mousehold win

Mousehold 3, Lingwood Caveners 1

Just five minutes in and Mousehold were 1-0 up when Dwayne Batley took a soft shot – everyone was convinced the keeper would just scoop it up.

But somehow it went past him and into the goal – a complete error of judgement. Any suspicion that the keeper wasn’t up to the job however were soon dispelled – despite pressing hard Mousehold were unable to get anything else past him.

Twenty-nine minutes in Lingwood equalised from a free kick just to the left of the penalty area – their second from the same spot in that half. The Lingwood player put it low and hard straight through the defensive line – Ben the Mousehold keeper got his foot to it but was simply unable to deflect it out.

Duane Green put Mousehold back in front on 64 minutes; Mousehold mounted a concerted attack on the Lingwood goal and Duane was simply in the right place at the right time to finish.

Just six minutes later Peter Wilkes got Mousehold’s third, following a throw-in at the Lingwood end, low and straight through the defence.

Both teams fought hard, and despite going behind Lingwood never gave up, battling to the end. Man of the Match to Peter Wilkes.

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Jarrolds 10, Mousehold Res 3

Mousehold Reserves have been struggling since the start of the season, with a combination of player unavailability, lack of performance, and sheer bad luck.

They approached the this game with enthusiasm, and a bit of hope following Mousehold’s defeat of the Jarrolds team in pre-season, but this disappointing score line showed the Reserves are still not quite up to strength, and not quite up to scratch.

Mousehold started OK, again putting in a good performance for the first 20 minutes.

However, by the time Andy Brown scored after about 15 minutes - from the edge of the box a half-volley, straight over the keeper – Jarrolds were already 2-0 up. Jarrolds went 3-1 up from a free kick, then Mousehold had a free kick back; the Jarrolds defence misjudged, and it ended up in the back of the net, an own goal, for 3-2. Things kind of went downhill from there, with the game going into the break at 5-2.

Mousehold came out strongly in the second half, and played well. With 20 minutes to go Andy played the ball through to Ben Jacob, the keeper scuffed it and Ben slotted it in for 5-3.

But Mousehold lost the ball a lot in central midfield, and in the last 15 minutes of the game Jarrolds put a further five balls past the Mousehold defence, leaving a devastating score line of 10-3.

Man of the Match to Ian Hipperson for a composed display and fantastic work rate.