Wroxham did the double over Wivenhoe Town on Saturday with their second four goal haul and it came courtesy of a double from the prolific Connor Ingram, writes Adrian Gowling. Further goals from Shaun Taylor and Peter Wiltshire after the home side initially went one down to the bottom club of the division.
A young Yachtsmen side with a back four of makeshift defenders eventually ran out 4-1 winners in a pre-Christmas workmanlike performance. With captain Tom Matthews and fellow defender Mark Shadrack both suspended and injuries keeping out Adam Plumstead and Michael Sommerfield, Wroxham lined up with Matt Cook, Connor Deeks, Joe Manning and 17-year-old Yannick Bitsindou at the back. Keeper George Macrae marshalling those in front of him. Harley Black pulling the strings in midfield alongside Shaun Taylor, Jordan Bond and Robbie Sweeney. Up front were the duo of Connor Ingram and Peter Wiltshire. Starting on the bench were debutant Charles Clarke, Sam Pledger and Marcus Wilkinson.
Wroxham started on the front foot and earned a corner in the very first minute. The Assistant Referee actually flagging for a free kick after Shaun Taylor was fouled but referee Callum Walchester opted to award a corner. The resultant kick came to nothing.
The visitors who have appointed a new Manager recently and subsequently brought in a plethora of new players since the last meeting in August were not looking like a side struggling at the foot of the division. After a couple of shots from distance which keeper George Macrae took easily, the visitors took the lead and stunned the home support. Striker Tyrone Scarlett won a knockdown 25 yards from goal. With space to turn, his powerful shot low past Macrae nestled into the bottom left corner. The goal boosted the visitors who went looking for a second goal. They did have the ball in the back of the net from a corner but referee Walchester had already blown for an infringement, much to the relief of those in blue.
Despite falling behind, Wroxham were not panicked and a 35yard shot from Harley Black was almost palmed into his own net by Daniel Beeson with the ball just clearing the cross-bar. From the corner, Connor Deeks was left with a free header but he could only find Beeson who smothered the ball gratefully.
Just before the half-hour, Wroxham drew level. With shots being blocked by the visiting defenders, the ball eventually fell to Shaun Taylor lurking at the edge of the area. He kept his shot low and powerful and it flew into the bottom of the net with the keeper rooted to the spot. It was the least that Wroxham deserved as they had stepped up a level after falling behind.
Connor Ingram, who has been on the scoresheet in the last 5 Yachtsmen matches and netted 9 times since joining from Gorleston, looked like he would add to that tally. After being put through on goal after some brilliant footwork by Robbie Sweeney, Ingram’s shot was saved by Beeson rather fortunately with his feet. Jordan Bond was next to have a chance but was denied by a late deflection as Wivenhoe through their bodies in front of their goal and his only reward being a corner.
As the clock ticked into injury time, Tyrone Scarlett almost gained his second of the afternoon. Again, he managed to turn and shot from the edge of the Wroxham area but on this occasion the ball hit the fence surround rather than the back of the net.
As in the first half, Wroxham started the second on the attack. A cross by Joe Manning who had powered forward was headed against the cross-bar by Peter Wiltshire. As the ball came back into the area, Wiltshire was only able to steer his header just wide off the goal. Wivenhoe then had a further let off as an Ingram header was flicked away rather than toward the goal. Unfortunately for the visitors it proved to be only seconds before they did fall behind. A cross into the six-yard box wasn’t cleared by the defence and after a number of stabs towards the net, Peter Wiltshire took matters into his hands and poked the ball home to give Wroxham the lead.
Just after the hour mark, Ross Potter and Tom Parke decided to bring on fresh legs and made a triple substitution. With Clarke, Pledger and Wilkinson entering the field, Sweeney, Bond and Wiltshire were given the opportunity to put on more layers and warm themselves on a bitterly cold afternoon.
Marcus Wilkinson immediately looked to impress and a twisting run resulted in a Yachtsmen corner. Sam Pledger didn’t want to be left out and his pass set Shaun Taylor free to advance on goal. The midfielder saw his shot parried by the keeper who by this time felt that he was in a solo game of attack versus defence.
With the amount of pressure being applied, it was inevitable that a third Yachtsmen goal would come. And inevitable that the name on the scoresheet would be Connor Ingram. The young striker nipped in front of the Wivenhoe defender to get a foot to the ball, With Wilkinson doing his part by collecting and playing it back across the goal, Ingram’s volley was fired into the roof of the net.
There was still time for further goal action and a magnificent run by Marcus Wilkinson who beat two defenders in the area before shooting. Unfortunately, the winger didn’t get his reward as Beeson just kept out the shot with help from the post. The clock was ticking towards the 90-minute mark and Ingram was looking to cap the afternoon with another goal. Beeson though was not looking to assist on that front and made further saves including a double save.
Wroxham’s fourth goal came from a penalty that was awarded by the referee. No one was exactly sure what prompted his decision but the home side were not going to argue. Connor Ingram stepped forward and placed his shot low and past the dive of the keeper.
The result sees the Yachtsmen establish themselves in sixth position as they move into the second half of the season. Next Saturday’s visit to the side that sit immediately above them, Ely, could see Wroxham leapfrog them as an early Christmas present.
Man of the Match – Shaun Taylor