Heading into this game the Yachtsmen were full of mixed emotions following a solid win in the Thurlow Nunn League Cup during the week against Diss Town but a 5-1 loss to Saffron Walden the previous Saturday.
Today’s fixture was witnessed by a total of 87 hearty supporters in not the best but traditional weather conditions.
Will Viner was back in the starting XI following the birth of his and Becky‘s son Hector on Tuesday evening. And another high today marked the debut of prolific striker Connor Ingram, who was signed on Thursday from Gorleston.
With the clock a minute to three the game had begun.
The fourth minute saw the first meaningful attack of the game as the visitors stormed up the pitch and a low driven ball found their number 11 Shaun Gunn who slid across to slot home off the post for an early advantage for his side.
Wroxham 0 Brantham 1
The goal didn’t seem to wake up the Wroxham team as yet again they found themselves out of position. They were made to pay with just 7 minutes on the clock and it was 2-0 to Brantham. A ball through the middle saw Sam Newson outmuscle the defender and he fired home through ‘keeper Viner who had come to narrow the angle.
Wroxham 0 Brantham 2
Two early goals seemed to truly knock the wind out of the sails of the Yachtsmen until a moment of magic from Robbie Sweeney got the crowd cheering with his silky skills and speed past his opposing defender who had no chance at all in stopping him. Sweeney’s mazey run had swooped in a great ball to see Ingram come eagerly close with his header which was tipped over for a corner.
With a quarter of an hour played the 87 in attendance were in awe with a great strike by new boy Connor Ingram firing home on his left leg from 16 yards. The goal started yet again by the mini magician Sweeney before finding Connor Deeks who had kept close control of the ball before laying the ball off to the debutant goal scorer.
Wroxham 1 Brantham 2
Wroxham looked the team to go on and get some more goals as the momentum grew as the opening 45 minutes grew older. This wasn’t the case as the score line stayed the same.
Wroxham 1 Brantham 2
Cheers echoed through the ground and the crowd were full of jubilation just three minutes into the second half with a 25 yard free kick was deflected off the wall to bring Wroxham level and the man of the moment Connor Ingram had his second on his Trafford Park home debut.
Wroxham 2 Brantham 2
Wroxham skipper Tom Matthews had his sights set on edging the home side in front with a strike from 20 yards out narrowly skimming past the post.
With the hat-trick on the cards any betting man would have put Ingram down to convert his next chance which saw his thunderous strike from 8 yards crash off the crossbar and out of play.
Ingram had a further chance as he was released in on goal. With the keeper narrowing the angle, Ingram watched agonisingly as a foot managed to block the goalbound effort.
Wroxham wanted the win and they introduced Harley Black into the equation replacing Sam Pledger.
After good chances from both teams it was the away side who regained the lead deflecting all of the home sides hard work as a looping header was converted home by travelling substitute Ben Newson who beat the outstretched arms of Will Viner
Craig Bussens and Pete Wiltshire were introduced minutes apart in a last gasp attempt to get something from the game but sadly the final whistle was blown too soon for the Yachtsmen to get something that their play deserved.
Full time Wroxham 2 Brantham Athletic 3
Man of the Match: Joe Manning – worked tirelessly and done all his jobs right and showed great character and determination to pick up all loose balls and showed Iniesta like through balls finding his team mates with ease. The game in the latter stages saw Joe be a true credit to the team filling in to a rearranged back 3.
Match Report by Harry Cottenden
Photo courtesy of DM Photography