East Harling 5-1 Brandon Town
The first team entertained mid table Brandon Town at Church Road on Saturday in terrible footballing weather conditions.
The hosts had to be weary of the visiting team who had taken league leaders Easton’s unbeaten record the previous week with an impressive 3-2 win.
Team news saw several changes with Woodcock returning to the greens goal, Laws coming in for Bareham alongside skipper Durrant and there was a return to the starting line-up for Bray in place of Dunkinson.
The home side made a bright start and were unlucky not to take the lead in the first 10 minutes as Webb headed goal wards but saw his effort cleared off the line.
Tarft then headed a Webb cross over the bar from 3 yards whilst Watling drove just wide from 25 yards.
Against the run of play the visiting team took a surprise lead in crazy circumstances.
The keeper kicked the ball from his hands which went high into the wind and headed goal wards, it bounced once before skidding off the wet pitch and went over Woodcock in a freak moment.
The lead didn’t last long though as a Bray cross was met by Webb to head home the leveller from 6 yards.
The hosts took the lead soon after when a Morris set piece was nodded back into the danger zone by Webb at the back post only to see a tracking defender inadvertently turn the ball high past the keeper for an unfortunate own goal.
The second half begun much better for the greens as they set their stall out to be camped in the away sides half with the help of the strong wind.
The home side added a third goal 5 minutes into the restart when Dolan broke free to drive the ball home into the top corner from 12 yards out.
5 minutes later the greens had their fourth goal as great work from Bray found Webb in the box, the number 9 turned and slammed the ball into the roof of the net from close range.
A blatant penalty on Tarft was waved away much to everyone’s disbelief and Laws fired over from a Tarft corner.
The back four of Allin, Laws, Durrant and Watling were holding firm and Woodcock was left to watch most of the second half as the home side dominated proceedings.
O’Herlihy then replaced Dolan as the greens went in search of even more goals.
The new signings home debut didn’t last long as he was sin binned 5 minutes after coming on for arguing with the referee following another blatant foul.
Bareham then replaced Webb who had run himself into the ground and was suffering from a slightly tight hamstring.
Bray then topped off a superb individual performance by racing onto a Woodcock ball to slot calmly past the goal scoring keeper and into the bottom corner.
Dunkinson was then bought on in place of Morris.
The greens played out the final minutes by keeping posession and playing some attractive football but sadly there were no more goals to come.
A great performance by the hosts who were the better side from the start.
We now move onto Caister Res at Allendale Road next Saturday.
Well done all…….
East Harling 5-1 Brandon Town