Wroxham returned to league action on Tuesday night following their victory in the Norfolk Senior Cup, writes Aston Cosford. Wroxham lined up with former Yarmouth keeper Connor Milligan in goal, a defence of Wyatt Hill, Mac Gee, Isaac Burrage and Adam Plumstead returning to the squad after resting on Saturday. The midfield of Simon Lappin, Harley Black, Cruise Nyadzayo. And leading the front line in his Thurlow Nunn league debut Grant Holt supported by Jordan Bond and Sonny Carey returning to the squad. Substitutes were Joe Keeley, Chris Skipper, Marcus Wilkinson, Shaun Taylor and Kieran Smith.
The game started relatively slowly with neither team able to create any clear chances. Wroxham having to adapt to the longer pitch at The Wellesley, this being their first of two visits this week.
Five minutes later Wroxham went close to finding an opener after Nyadzayo produced a firing run down the right wing which he matched with a good ball into the centre of the area for the returning Sonny Carey to narrowly side foot it wide of the goal.
Wroxham started to look more dangerous in this contest, but Palmer proved an early threat for Yarmouth. A highly pressured attack for Wroxham paid off as the Yachtsman tool the lead from a well worked goal. A shot from range was fumbled by former Yachtsmen Kingsley Barnes in the Yarmouth goal. It proved fortunate for Carey who was ready and waiting with anticipation. The ball gracefully landed at his feet and the Yachtsman was first to find some space and finish well. Unlucky for the goalkeeper but great awareness from Carey.
Wroxham took the upper foot with well created chances and no-nonsense defending was the story of Wroxham’s half. Out of the blue Harley Black struck a shot which rattled the crossbar with intense power. Barcelona-style passing and linkup from Lappin and Holt lead to them finding Black whose shot was hit with immense power. The bar will still be rattling when the teams take the pitch again on Saturday!
Thirty seconds after the whistle for the second half, Wroxham found themselves 2-0 up thanks to a second goal for Sonny Carey. His shot from the centre of the area was too far away for the Yarmouth goalkeeper to reach and it flew into the back of the net.
For the final ten minutes, the luck seemed to turn to Yarmouth’s side as many of their attacks were looking very dangerous, attackers running quick and hard at the Yachtsman, but defenders played well controlled and communicated.
Sonny Carey, on his return, had an impressive game scoring both goals and seeming a great creator for visitor’s attacks.
Wroxham should’ve gone 3-0 up when Bond beat the goalkeeper for pace, he passed the ball across the edge of the box, but Holt dragged it wide of an empty goal.
The match ended to sum up a solid performance for the Yachtsmen. There were many positives to take away from a Tuesday trip to Yarmouth. We go again next Saturday back at Yarmouth in the FA Vase.