Wroxham game survives call-offs
Only three games surivived the weather in the Ridgeons Premier Division on Saturday - but it was certainly good news for Wroxham.The Yachtsman recorded a 1-0 win at Debenham LC, playing some attractive football, to leapfrog their hosts to eighth in the table.
Only three games surivived the weather in the Ridgeons Premier Division on Saturday - but it was certainly good news for Wroxham.
The Yachtsman recorded a 1-0 win at Debenham LC, playing some attractive football, to leapfrog their hosts to eighth in the table.
The result pleased manager David Batch in the run-up to three cup games in the space of two weeks.
He said: “It was a good three points. We were desperate to play the game - we haven't played since the 15th of December because our games have been cancelled.
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“We've got three cup games on the spin, starting on Saturday, so it was important for that reason too.
“Most importantly for me, and most pleasing, was that we played very well - we dealt with the conditions well and bossed them.”
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Wroxham host Norwich United, who are towards the bottom end of the Premier Division, in the Norfolk Senior Cup on Saturday.
The following Tuesday it's a trip to Great Yarmouth in the Ridgeons League Cup before going further afield to play Armthorpe Welfare in Yorkshire in the last 32 of the FA Vase on Saturday, January 16.
At Debenham, on a snow-covered pitch, the crucial goal was scored by Paul Cook from Gavin Lemmon's free kick in the third minute.
He turned in the third minute after turning and shooting low into the net past Debenham keeper Louis Johnson. A key factor in the game was the form of man-of-the-match Steve Spriggs who repeatedly put the home defence to the test.
Debenham had a good chance of levelling the game midway through the first half when Rob Kemp, Ben Deacon and Danny Allen combined to release Ian Gedny but the latter passed again instead of shooting and Deacon was offside.
At the other end Cook and Matt Daniels exchanged passes before Spriggs sneaked behind the defence but hit his volley wide of the target.
Soon after Spriggs took Lemmon's pass and weaved through several challenges before his shot cannoned off the bar. In a snow shower Debenham keeper Johnson did well to divert a Daniels shot around a post to safety.
In the second half Gedny shot into the side netting then Johnson dived at the feet of Daniels to deny him.
Wroxham had a late scare when, in the third minute of injury time, Gooderham's free-kick was headed by McNeil but it hit a post.
At the final whistle it was the Norfolk side which deservedly took the points to rise up the table.
The other Premier Division games saw CRC beat visitors Haverhill Rovers 5-0 and Woodbridge beat hosts Felixstowe & Walton 5-1.