The Yachtsmen made it to seven heaven as they ran riot against Haverhill Borough, writes Adrian Gowling. Having conceded 4 goals against Wroxham last Saturday, Borough will be pleased to have got their league meetings out of the way against the Norfolk side.
As Storm Brian threatened the country, Wroxham blew away their opponents going in 4-0 up at half-time. The second half didn’t get an awful lot better for the team from Suffolk although they did twice get on the scoresheet. Unfortunately for them, Wroxham got 3 further goals of their own to win 7-2 and send the home fans happy.
Wroxham made 4 changes to the starting XI that played at Haverhill last Saturday. Tom Matthews, Lewis Wallace, Connor Deeks and Pete Wiltshire came in for Payton Swatman, Ben Folkes and Shaun Taylor who dropped to the bench and Matt Cook wasn’t in the squad. Haverhill made wholesale changes with no fewer than 7 players in the starting XI that hadn’t started last weekend.
Wroxham set out on the front foot and were playing their usual brand of neat passing football. As they prodded and probed at the Haverhill defensive line, it looked like they would soon be starting where they finished at Haverhill. The breakthrough came after just 8 minutes and it was the brace scorer Sam Pledger that opened the scoring. A ball from Harley Black set Tom Matthews free down the right. His cross found its way to Sam Pledger near the edge of the area. His shot hit the left-hand post and via a deflection from the goalkeeper’s foot made its way over the line. The Wroxham looking more than a little sheepish in his celebration.
On 26 minutes, Ben Fowkes replaced Pete Wiltshire who had collided with the pitch surround a little earlier and was forced out of the game.
Wroxham remained on the front foot and apart from the occasional shot from distance by the visitors were well in command. Eventually the pressure told and Wroxham made it 2-0 through Connor Deeks. A cross from the right by Tom Matthews made its way to Connor Deeks who casually passed the ball into the net from around 12 yards.
2-0 quickly became 3-0 and this time the goal was an individual work of art by Sam Pledger. After his double last week, he got his second double against Haverhill. The ball was played into Pledger by Black on the edge of the area and with his back to goal and a defender between him and the net. A quick swivel away from his opponent and Pledger was able to fire the ball into the far roof of the net.
A further minute later, Wroxham made it 4-0 and Connor Deeks got his second of the afternoon. A cross from the right was totally missed by the Haverhill keeper. As he lurked in the shadow no more than 2 yards from the goal, he nodded the ball into the net.
An excellent half from the Yachtsmen who had a rampant 3 minutes to score 3 times and go into the half-time break well on top.
The second half started with Haverhill trying to get back into the game. Unfortunately for them, all they had was a sore head as a through ball was cleared by Will Viner who came out to clear and the Borough attacker only managed to connect with the keeper rather than the ball.
Connor Deeks was looking to get his first hat-trick in Wroxham colours and his attempt after creating his own space was high over the bar. Ben Fowkes was getting opportunities to run at the Haverhill backline and a twisting run left him with an opportunity to get a shot at goal. The Borough keeper got down well to make the save. Harley Black was the next to have a chance. Choat in the goal rushed out of his area to clear a ball with his head. Unfortunately, it wasn’t a powerful header and the ball fell to Black. From 40 yards, the midfielder tried an audacious lob but it was just too high and ended in the stand rather than the net.
Fowkes’ runs were finally rewarded as the winger was able to get away from the defender. With space opening in front of him, he shot from the edge of the area low into the net giving the keeper no chance. The 5-0 lead was deserved for the home side who were playing their game with a real swagger. Balls were being played across the pitch from left to right and back again as the visitors were rarely in the game.
After going down injured, Adam Plumstead was withdrawn and Shaun Taylor came on. Taylor didn’t take long to make his presence felt and it was the substitute that scored Wroxham’s sixth of the afternoon. A shot from the edge of the 6-yard box was fired into the roof of the net after the midfielder had beaten his man.
Haverhill, despite being heavily beaten were still looking to get some pride into the game. A consolation goal came by virtue of substitute Ashley Botten. A cross from the right by Ryan Weaver was met by the onrushing Botten who got his foot to the ball ahead of the Wroxham defender to poke it past Will Viner.
The home team were still looking for more goals and further chances for Pledger, Taylor and Deeks came to naught.
Borough were also looking to get more consolation and it was them that prevailed. Botten got some space in the Wroxham area and fired a fierce shot at Viner who pulled off a point-blank save to push the ball out. Having done so, he was more than a little disappointed to concede from the resulting corner. As the ball came in from the left, Viner was challenged by Andrew French whose header finished in the net.
Haverhill’s joy was short-lived as Wroxham went straight up the other end to make it 7-2. Connor Deeks powered home a fierce shot to gain his hat-trick on an afternoon of entertainment at Trafford Park. The referee soon blew his whistle to send the Wroxham support home happy. A crowd of 117 was more than entertained and will be hoping that Tuesday’s game against Gorleston is equally as exciting.
Wroxham: Viner, Matthews, Wallace, Manning, Shadrack, Plumstead (Taylor), Black, Deeks, Wiltshire (Fowkes), Pledger, Sweeney (Swatman). Unused subs: Sommerfield, Hunt (g/k)
Haverhill Borough: Choat, Pruden, Tabrar, French, Evans, Phillips, Longley, Swallow, Weaver, Phillips, Staines. Subs: Botten, Robson, Frazier