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Thetford Rovers 0-1 East Harling …

Thetford Rovers 0-1 East Harling
The first team made the short journey to Euston Park on Saturday looking to continue their recent good form against a Rovers side sitting above them in the table.
The day got off to a terrible start for the visitors with top scorer Charlie Webb unable to shake off illness and was unable to make the trip which meant a late call up and first appearance of the season for Johnson who take a place on the bench as Bareham spearheaded the greens attack.
Like all local derbies, the game got off to a scrappy start with a lot of effort but both teams lacking quality.
First half chance fell to Allin who played a neat one two and fired a superb cross right across the face of goal which actually evaded everyone and somehow stayed out of the net.
Moments later Senior darted through the defence and produced a superb save from former green Freeman in the Rovers goal.
The home side then had perhaps the best chance of the game so far as a midfielder was allowed far too much room to round Woodcock but saw his effort well cleared off the line by Hobley.
An Allin throw in then caused havoc in the home area but still nobody on hand to put the loose ball in from close range, and then Tarft produced an even better save from the Rovers number 1 at point blank range.
The goal came ten minutes from half time as a Tarft set piece was flicked on by Allin then missed by many in the box as Bareham swept in at the back post.
The second half became even more of a scrap as both teams again showed more passion than quality as the first 15 minutes went by without real incident.
Bareham was then replaced by Johnson in the attack.
Only real chance of the half fell to the home side as again they raced clear to round Woodcock but skipper Durrant showed huge passion and bravery to clear off the line by the post.
Dunkinson then replaced Tarft in the midfield.
A series of corners followed for the away side after good work by Johnson and then Bray but all came to nothing.
Watling then replaced Senior.
With time ticking down, Allin was sent to the sin bin for consistent moaning at decisions.
Bareham replaced Bray as the away side looked desperately to hang onto the three points.
Still time for one more chance to the hosts as the home captain smashed an unstoppable free kick with the outside of the boot onto the inside of one post across the goal line and off the other post as Durrant again slid to prevent any attacker putting in the rebound.
So in all a good 3 points in a tough local derby as we move up the table.
We now look forward to hosting Mattishall Res at Church Road next Saturday.
Well done all……

Thetford Rovers 0-1 East Harling
The first team made the short journey to Euston Park on Saturday looking to continue their recent good form against a Rovers side sitting above them in the table.
The day got off to a terrible start for the visitors with top scorer Charlie Webb unable to shake off illness and was unable to make the trip which meant a late call up and first appearance of the season for Johnson who take a place on the bench as Bareham spearheaded the greens attack.
Like all local derbies, the game got off to a scrappy start with a lot of effort but both teams lacking quality.
First half chance fell to Allin who played a neat one two and fired a superb cross right across the face of goal which actually evaded everyone and somehow stayed out of the net.
Moments later Senior darted through the defence and produced a superb save from former green Freeman in the Rovers goal.
The home side then had perhaps the best chance of the game so far as a midfielder was allowed far too much room to round Woodcock but saw his effort well cleared off the line by Hobley.
An Allin throw in then caused havoc in the home area but still nobody on hand to put the loose ball in from close range, and then Tarft produced an even better save from the Rovers number 1 at point blank range.
The goal came ten minutes from half time as a Tarft set piece was flicked on by Allin then missed by many in the box as Bareham swept in at the back post.
The second half became even more of a scrap as both teams again showed more passion than quality as the first 15 minutes went by without real incident.
Bareham was then replaced by Johnson in the attack.
Only real chance of the half fell to the home side as again they raced clear to round Woodcock but skipper Durrant showed huge passion and bravery to clear off the line by the post.
Dunkinson then replaced Tarft in the midfield.
A series of corners followed for the away side after good work by Johnson and then Bray but all came to nothing.
Watling then replaced Senior.
With time ticking down, Allin was sent to the sin bin for consistent moaning at decisions.
Bareham replaced Bray as the away side looked desperately to hang onto the three points.
Still time for one more chance to the hosts as the home captain smashed an unstoppable free kick with the outside of the boot onto the inside of one post across the goal line and off the other post as Durrant again slid to prevent any attacker putting in the rebound.
So in all a good 3 points in a tough local derby as we move up the table.
We now look forward to hosting Mattishall Res at Church Road next Saturday.
Well done all……