Poringland Wanderers 0-1 East Harling
The first team travelled to 4th placed Poringland Wanderers on Saturday looking to end the hosts perfect home record so far this season.
Craig Skipp was unavailable after playing a scoring role in the previous weeks victory at home to Mattishall Res and was replaced by a returning Morris and there was a first start for new signing Kane Wetteland.
Jack Denniss was recalled to the first team squad for the first time in several weeks following some very good performances for the club’s second string and he was joined on the substitutes bench by Holt.
The visitors looked to put pressure on the home side from the off and after superb work by Wetteland they nearly took the lead but Conroy was denied by some great last ditch defending.
Conroy then saw a half volley well block and a speculative effort from Wetteland just creeped over the bar.
Sivier, Durrant, Bareham and Piggott were defending superbly and kept keeper Goodwin a spectator for the majority of the half.
The away side then sensed a goal was on its way as they won a succession of corners and free kicks but only Bareham went close with a header as the home side dug deep in the light rain.
Half an hour in and Wetteland involved again, this time playing an inch perfect reverse pass for Senior but the fleet footed wide man could only blaze over when in on goal.
Finally the visitors dominance paid off as Morris took a quick free kick and layed Allin in who’s cross was far to good for the home side to deal with and it was bundled in from close range by an unfortunate defender.
That was to be it for the first half of complete dominance by the away side without having too many clear cut chances.
The second half started much the same despite the steep slope, Morris and Barnett were bossing the midfield trio of the home side and the visiting back four were even more solid.
The lead should have then been doubled as a Wetteland flick on found Senior in a one on one with the keeper but his effort was far too tame.
The miss seemed to spur the wide man on however and after exchanging passes with Conroy he glided past the defender but couldn’t pick out anyone in the box.
Morris then bent a long range effort over the bar and Wetteland was unfortunate with a bad ricochet after tackling the keeper some 25 yards out from goal.
With the away side failing to put their chances away the home side sensed an unlikely result could still happen.
Long ball after long ball was sent into the away sides box but Durrant and Bareham were in no mood to concede. Goodwin also dealt well with some high balls and Barnett was constantly in the thick of the action.
With all 11 players defending as a real tight unit, the home side were forced to shoot from long range with no effort ever really threatening.
Conroy was then replaced by Holt as the visitors looked for fresh legs.
They were still getting joy on the counter attack however as Wetteland proved a constant thorn in the home sides defence and on this occasion flicked to Holt who’s good run was halted by a late and wreck less challenge by a covering defender.
Senior then played back to Piggott who’s pinpoint cross found central defender Bareham in space, he beat the keeper but when Holt attempted to slam home the important 2nd goal he was denied his 1st goal in green by a great block on the goal line.
The hosts then thought they were level when a cross into the box found the big number 9 in space who’s powerful header was parried by Goodwin but the wide man was adjudged to have been offside when he tapped the ball into the empty net.
The last remaining minutes were very fiery as tempers began to flare.
Denniss was bought on in place of Senior and the away side saw out the remaining minutes to take a crucial 3 points back to Church Road.
In all, a superb battling performance as the lads showed so much character and desire to win the game. Every single player gave everything they had in order to beat a very strong and we’ll organised side.
Next up is a trip to Easton College to take on promotion hopefuls Easton in a 1.30pm KO.
Poringland Wanderers 0-1 East Harling