by Aston Cosford
A dark, Tuesday night at Trafford park was the setting for another Norfolk derby. A very anticipated encounter was about to unleash a game some people will remember for some time to come as Wroxham looked to carry on their great run of form.
The match started slowly with neither team able to create any chances an exception being an exceptional strike from Pawcett which startled everyone with its venom and but cannoned off the post.
Looking back on the game, Thetford would have loved the game to stay like this for the whole 90 mins. That was until Nzadayo for Wroxham made a good run across the byline to find Bond unmarked in the 6-yards box, to give Wroxham well deserved breathing space. Shortly after, Wroxham could’ve found themselves 2-0 up when Bond was again unmarked outside the box, but his shot was pounced on well by ex-Yachtsman Viner in the Thetford goal.
Bond for Wroxham on the 25th minute wriggled into the box and tried drilling the ball into the centre of the box for Doyle but he wasn’t able to turn it round the far post. Wroxham then strengthened their lead as Lappin stroked a 30 yarder into the bottom right corner, Viner couldn’t do anything but watch. Wroxham yet again making it look easy. However, Wroxham were then struck by an injury woe as Doyle was taken off just before the end of the half, with a suspected ligament injury. Very unfortunate for him, but nevertheless – great first half for Wroxham.
Following the whistle for the start of the second half, Wroxham found a third goal as their bombardment of pressure gave Skipper a chance to find the net from outside the box. He obliged, finding the top left corner in spectacular style. In the 60th minute, Therford were awarded a penalty after there was a hand ball in the Wroxham box. Steed struck the post, unable to find them any hope of a comeback. In the 74th minute, Cruise stole the show. His darting solo run allowed him to easily score a 4th for Wroxham, and to put the game to bed. Great dribbling and awareness from Nzadayo! In the final 10 minutes of the game, Milligan for Wroxham was called into action. He made two superb, acrobatic saves to keep him a very well deserved, clean sheet. Lappin followed up with a testing free-kick in the Thetford half, Viner reacted well with a good save.
Wroxham can only take positives from Derby day, everyone contributed with great performances. Clean sheet, 4-0, 5th in the table.