Reserves start stalls at Stalham

The points were shared in the opening encounter with neighbours Stalham although the new look young Yachtsmen may feel slightly aggrieved they did not take all three points from a good performance.

The home side had lost leading scorer Laurence Cheese and midfielder Danny Crosbie to Norwich Utd in the close season but showed no signs of their loss in the opening spell as they took the lead on 10 minutes. A free kick found ex-Wroxham youth player Darren Miller whose header drew a point blank save from new ‘keeper Harry Hunt to turn the ball behind for a corner. Lewis Crosbie’s flag kick sailed over all the Wroxham defenders to end up in the far corner of the net to give Stalham the lead.

Wroxham equalised five minutes later when a long ball from Myron Abodunde found Lewis Meecham whose first time cross was turned in by Jimmy Morrisey with his first goal for the side.

Stalham should have scored again on 20 minutes when Hunt dropped the ball from a free kick and it fell into the path of a home player who inexplicably shot wide with a gaping open goal in front of him.

This fortunate miss was punished 10 minutes later when Wroxham took the lead. Again Meecham was the provide with a cross to the far post which was fumbled by veteran keeper Thomas Nichol’s for Ryan Fuller to head in a simple goal.

The visitors had a good chance to increase the lead on 40 minutes when Morrisey tried to turn the ball past Nichol who blocked his effort and the ball fell to Fuller whose shot the Stalham keeper also saved.

The score remained 2-1 at the break.

Wroxham came out at the start of the 2nd period all guns blazing as the home goal led a charmed life with the ball being scrambled off the line two or three times and Wroxham also hitting the bar.

At the other end another ex-Wroxham youth player, Patrick Gainsford’s free kick hit the post but generally Wroxham seemed to be in charge although Matt Hoeppner was booked for dissent when not agreeing with the referees decision. He was not sin-binned as may have the case in all other divisions of the Anglian Combination this season.

Stalham were getting in the game with some robust challenges which also did not see the approval of referee Richard Place who got his yellow card out three times against home players.

Morrisey have a good chance to add to the lead but a one on one with Nicholl’s produced a good save. An even better chance fell to Wroxham sub Marcus Wilkinson but he pulled his shot across goal wide.

Although Wroxham were generally in charge, Stalham fought back with a equaliser out of the blue. Jordan Tipple outpaced Hoeppner and placed the ball in the net beyond Hunt on 75 minutes to make for an exciting closing 15 minutes.

Two more Stalham players were booked including Crosbie for a second time as they were reduced to 10 men. Wroxham almost took advantage as they piled on the pressure with Morrissey having a good chance of glory. A cross from the right only needed a touch but it extended beyond him.

Then Marcus Wilkinson outpaced his defender and fed Danny Rogers whose toe poke went just wide and Wroxham had to settle for a draw.

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