Yachtsmen sail on in Vase
Halstead 1, Wroxham 3Following this victory at Halstead, Wroxham now travel to Flackwell Heath in the FA Vase third round on December 5.Wroxham manager David Batch made changes after Tuesday night's draw with Danny Self, Andy Eastaugh, Paul Cook and Graham Challen all in the starting line-up.
Halstead 1, Wroxham 3
Following this victory at Halstead, Wroxham now travel to Flackwell Heath in the FA Vase third round on December 5.
Wroxham manager David Batch made changes after Tuesday night's draw with Danny Self, Andy Eastaugh, Paul Cook and Graham Challen all in the starting line-up.
Owen Paynter and Cook were up front to provide a more direct threat and were soon in action.
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But it was the home side who came close to scoring in the third minute when a cross ran straight across the Wroxham goal but fortunately no-one was there to put the ball into the net.
Wroxham were now pressing forward and took the lead when Steve Spriggs went on one of his runs and neatly put the ball into the corner of the net.
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This spured Halstead into action and Scott Howie was again in fine form, having to pull off some good saves.
Wroxham were playing some very good football, keeping the ball on the ground and putting some good passes together.
Cook was working hard up front with Paynter and Spriggs and Gilmore were using space on both flanks. Eastaugh and Lemmon had plenty to do in midfield while are the back four looked solid.
On the stroke of half time Wroxham went further ahead when a good move from Spriggs set Paynter up six yards from goal for him to hit the ball straight at the keeper so hard it reboanded back into play where Paul Cook was on hand to put it into the net.
Half-time score was Halstead 0, Wroxham 2.
Straight from the kick-off Halstead went on the attack and for a ten min period Wroxham were pinned back and Halstead got their reward when a long ball dropped to the foot of a home forward who gave Howie no chance.
Play was now end to end as Wroxham started getting back into the game and it was not long before they restored their two-goal advantage and it was Spriggs who was on target after a good move from Gilmore set him up.
Leighton Miller came on for Challen and James Bulman for Paynter but Halstead never gave up and Wroxham were not going to let this game slip away from them.
This was a first-class performance by all the Wroxham players who seemed to be back at their best; and they also had a referee who allowed the game to flow and only used the card when it was really necessary.
The Yachtsmen now look forward to Tuesday's game when they visit Yarmouth in the Norfolk Senior Cup.
Wroxham will be running a coach for the next round of the Vase on December 5 to Flackwell Heath. Anyone wishing to go must book a seat by next Saturday; the cost �10.