Sweeney Grabs A Lifeline

A last gasp equaliser from Rob Sweeney brought just about the right result on an emotional and beautiful night in Walsham Le Willows.

The game had kicked off preceded by a minutes applause for local lad Josh Gilbert and attended by many of his friends and they would have been pleased to see Walsham waltz into an early lead as a soft header from a free kick bamboozled Viner in the Yachtsmen goal.

The visitors manfully got a foothold in the game and Sweeney was having the freedom of the Suffolk countryside to get behind the home defence time and time again but with nowt to show as his fired crosses evaded everyone including any outstretch Yachtsmen legs, heads or flailing arms.

And once again football bites you on the arse. A misplaced pass in midfield. A breakaway . A toe poke and Viner again was left stranded and Le willows were even further in le lead.

For all their pretty patterns and Swatman playing like a quarter back the scoreline was ugly as the referee blew for half time.

The visiting fans (all half a dozen in decent crowd must have been dreading the second half give what happen at Newmarket just ten days earlier when Wroxham folded faster than a paper Mache building in a half a hurricane but maybe  just maybe they are made of sterner stuff. With Wiltshire and Walters on for Plumstead and Manning—Walters for his first outing in over a year , the task was clear if not difficult and they set about the task controlling play but up against a well drilled packed Walsham defence. Black probed , Sweeney slalomed, Wiltshire weaved, Matthews marauded, Gilf …Gillfed. But still nothing to show as last ditch defending or plain old rubbish passes ended promising passages of play.

And then. Matthews arrived at the far post on the left hand side having spent most of the time ploughing lonelier furrows up the right. His header was sent back with interest and in the top corner. For moment. A cruel moment it looked wide but the celebration said otherwise.

With fifteen to go Wroxham dominated going this way and that and back again , through the middle round the sides, over the top all to no avail until finally; let in by a loose pass Sweeney had a clear route to goal. He accelerated dipped his shoulder left went right and arrowed his shot into the far corner to spark some touchline  celebrations.

With just two to go Wroxham could win it but given the softness of the underbelly they could also throw it away.

On balance and given the half time scoreline  a draw was a good result. We go again.


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