East Harling 4-2 Mattishall Res
The first team entertained newly promoted opposition on a bright and cold day at Church Road.
A number of changes had to be made following the defeat away at Hoveton Wherryman the previous week with several debutants also included in the squad.
With Woodcock injured and Goodwin Suspended central defender Keith Sivier was made Goalkeeper for the day, Hutt returned to the side following missing last week’s defeat.
Croome was ruled out during the warm up but Barnett returned in his place after recovering from a knee injury and he was joined in midfield by debutant Craig Skipp.
Aaron Piggott started after signing in the week from Team Bury and Allin played his first game since the red card he received at home to Blofield Utd Reserves 3 weeks ago.
Holt made his first start for several weeks along side Conroy whilst there was a place on the bench for new signing Wetteland.
The home side were stunned in the second minute when a quick corner from the visitors saw an unmarked defender flick on to a teammate to bend an unstoppable strike into the top corner of the net.
Despite the set back, the home side started to dominate possession but found the quality needed in the final third still lacking.
Senior drove at the defence but his cross lacked power before Piggott glided past his marker but unfortunately kicked the floor just as he crossed.
A deep Allin cross then found Conroy at the back post but he couldn’t direct his header at goal.
Moments later the score line was level. More good work from Allin as he found Conroy to lash home in off the post from 8 yards for his 7th goal of the season.
They were soon ahead when a slick passing move found new signing Skipp who slammed hard into the net from the edge of the penalty area.
Soon after the interval the scores were level again as this time the visiting forward beat Hutt to the pass before cutting inside and unleashed a stunning strike past Sivier giving the stand in keeper no chance.
Wetteland was then bought on in place of Conroy in the greens attack.
The new signing from Acle United wasted no time in making his presence felt as he won a knock down that fell to Holt who in turn layed the ball to Allin, he played a quick through ball but as Wetteland attempted to chip the keeper from close range he was denied by a great save.
The home side were camped in the opposition half for the rest of the game with many chances coming but not being taken.
Piggott saw his header from 7 yards drift over the bar whilst somehow skipper Durrant missed the target in a textbook chance for the central defender.
Piggott was then replaced by Conroy and the game became the Allin show. The right sided utility man started beating his marker with ease and regularity and on one occasion he was bought down in the box to hand the home side a chance from the spot with 18 minutes remaining.
Conroy stepped up but his spot kick was dragged well wide.
The striker was to make amends very soon after as Allin whipped in a cross that was on a plate for the striker to head his side back in front.
Minutes later Conroy completed his hattrick when Wetteland played a pinpoint pass to set the front man free on goal and he was able to chip the keeper as he wondered into no man’s land.
4-2 could have soon been 7 or 8 as the home side threw everything at the tiring visitors.
Holt saw a long distance strike well saved and Skipp saw his fine strike crash against the post.
Wetteland saw his powerful header shave a post and and Allin went close himself.
In all a very good performance by the hosts as they go into a couple of tough fixtures in the next two weekends before the Christmas break.
Well done all…….
East Harling 4-2 Mattishall Res