Holt United 0-2 East Harling
The first team made the long journey to Kelling Road for the second time this season to take on 2nd placed Holt United in a huge clash at the top end of the division.
Team news saw Bareham return to the defence following suspension with Dunkinson pushed into midfield. Tarft was moved in to a wide position with Bray ruled out through illness.
The game got off to a nervy and frantic start with both teams intent on feeling each other out.
Unfortunately 15 minutes into the game the away side were forced into a change when Dunkinson injured his ankle in a midfield battle he was replaced by Scent making his long awaited return following injury.
The visitors then went close when Senior chased onto a clearance and beat his man, his cross found Webb but the prolific front man saw his powerful header well saved from close range.
The home side tried to reply quickly and had the best chance they had all game when the pacey winger beat Allin but fired his cross-come shot powerfully wide of the target.
The opener then came to the away side when a powerful run by Morris forced a corner which Scent found Durrant with to loop in his 8th of the season.
The lead was nearly doubled when Webb picked out Tarft on the penalty spot but the young midfielder got his angles all wrong and put his effort wide of the post under no pressure.
Webb’s bullying of the defenders then allowed Dolan space but fired over whilst Bareham saw a towering header come back off the woodwork as the 1st half drew to a close.
The second half started as the first half ended with the away side camped in the home end.
Chances begun to come even more freely as Senior in particular started to wreak havoc in the home defence.
Senior picked out Scent 10 yards out but his strike was bravely blocked by a defender whilst Dolan again fired over from another Senior pass.
Durrant then crashed a Scent corner against the post and a carbon copy minutes later was somehow cleared off the line as the pressure was being piled on the home side.
Woodcock in the away goal kept himself warm by collecting a couple of hopeful crosses whilst his full backs started to join in attacks.
Hobley and Senior were beginning to link up brilliantly and from the left backs crosses Webb went close and Tarft then went close, both headers from 7 yards out.
The lead should have then been doubled when Senior was hauled down in the box and the referee rightly awarded a penalty.
Top scorer Webb stepped up but saw the keeper fling himself the right way to palm away the spot kick to safety as somehow the score remained the same.
Webb then nearly got on the end of a Durrant flick on and Senior drove wide from close range.
Allin then saw a superb curling effort expertly tipped away from the top corner by the keeper.
Watling then replaced Allin.
Moments later top scorer Webb found himself in on goal but as he chased onto a quality pass from Morris the striker unfortunately suffered a slight hamstring pull and was tackled.
Webb exited the game and was replaced by Allin.
With the game entering the final minutes, the lively Senior picked out Tarft in the channel who timed his run superbly to beat the defensive line. The young midfielder got to the ball just before going out of play and cut back to Senior who carried on his run to fire in a well deserved second goal and wrap the points up for the away side.
A superb away performance in which every single player worked so hard for the result.
A fourth consecutive clean sheet in the league is testament to how hard the lads are working for each other.
The injuries to Webb and Dunkinson will be and nd big concern for Lawrence before another huge away game at Martham to finish the year.
On the plus side the return of Scent will prove massive for the club in the second half of the season.
Well done all……..
Holt United 0-2 East Harling