Watton Utd 3-1 East Harling
The first team made the short journey to Watton looking to make it three wins on the bounce but their target of three points was to be made difficult by no fewer than 11 first team players unavailable for selection.
Jordan Scent made his first start for 8 months whilst Chris Marlow made his first appearance for the first team this season.
Charlie Burgess made his first appearance for the away side since Christmas and there was also rare outings for Laws and Dunkinson who have spent the lion share of this campaign in the club’s reserve side.
A special mention to central defender Stephen Best who came into the side just 2 hours before kick off to help in a crisis.
Despite the weakened side, the away side made the quicker start with Johnson seeing an early strike at goal drift just wide of the post following a pin point Senior pass.
Scent then saw a free kick well blocked before Bareham headed just over from a dangerous Scent corner.
Senior was back to his best in proving to be a thorn in the home sides defence all game with the majority of tackles on the winger being given as fouls.
Scent then powered a 20 yard strike just over and Best was beaten to a Scent delivery by a superb piece of goalkeeping by the home keeper.
The visitors were more than happy with their first half showing and no changes were needed at the break.
A solid start to the half was all that was requested but the deadlock was broken just a minute into the half as some good football down the right was finished neatly at woodcocks near post.
The goal really made the difference for the home side who were then gifted the chance of a second goal as Burgess was penalised for a foul in the box much to even the home sides surprise.
Justice was prevailed however as the spot kick went wide of the target.
The second goal didn’t take long to come though as the away side gave the ball away needlessly in the middle of the pitch which was seized upon by the pacey winger that broke at speed to finish past Woodcock.
A lifeline was to be given minutes later when a mazy Senior run ended with him being hauled down in the box for a penalty.
Scent stepped up to dispatch the spot kick to make it 2-1.
Rose was then bought onto replace Johnson.
Holt then turned his man well but saw his strike bravely blocked before Bareham again headed powerfully wide.
Laws was then bought on in place of Holt with Rose being moved into the center.
The home side then began to exploit the gaps left by the away side looking for an equaliser and saw several half chances just miss the target.
The third goal came when a mix up in midfield allowed the home side again to break at pace and slot past Woodcock for an unassailable lead in the game.
Scent and Marlow were then replaced by Holt and Dunkinson as the away side tried to overload in attack but no further goals were to come.
So a good effort against a strong side but with more players available the score could have been so different.
We move onto a very tough game away at UEA next Saturday to attempt to avenge the 1-3 defeat suffered at Church Road only a few weeks back.
Watton Utd 3-1 East Harling