Stowmarket Town 1 Wroxham 2
January 12th 2019
The Yachtsmen travelled to Stowmarket missing a few key players to injury, suspension and transfers but were able to call upon the experience of Grant Holt fresh from his gruelling training for his wrestling debut at Carrow Road in June. Aside from the grappling that took place in a scrappy, direct, yet intriguing, game the throw that clinched it came late on as Ryan Fuller claimed all three point for the resurgent Wroxham team.
Stow had problems of their own, missing some key players but were looking to continue their fine league form after going out of the FA Vase in a narrow defeat to Biggleswade. A win might take them top. Cheered on by a good crowd of 350 Stow had the better of the early exchanges as former Yachtsmen Cook and Sweeney caused early problems. Sweeney’s strike was well saved by George MacRae. Hill limped off after only 7 minutes to be replaced by Kieran Smith who did well to contain the tricky winger throughout the game.
On 30 minutes a free kick was headed on by Cook for Baker to complete the catering theme and head home. That the free kick was for offside from a goal kick AND taken inside the Wroxham half caused some lively debate not entirely cleared up by the referee after the game. One for the quiz teams. Wroxham were not to be bowed and responded when Nyadzayo was denied by Brand at close range. The Stow goalkeeper then came to the rescue again to keep out Joe Keeley’s low strike.
Stow started strongly in the second half as they went in search of a second goal to get a grip on the game. On 54 minutes, Linford turned in the box and fired narrowly wide of the far post. But in the move of the match Wroxham turned defence to attack as Holt in the right back position fed Black who’s quick exchange with Lappin created space for the midfielder to put in Fuller. The big striker had plenty do and did it with aplomb drawing Brand and firing high into the net.
Stow then carved out a few chances to move back in front, with Sweeney shooting wide and then moments later setting up Remi Garrett, who headed wide from close range.
The Yachtsmen were slowly controlling the pace and tempo of the game, clearing their lines well and looked the more likely winners especially as Fuller’s long throw created consternation in the Stowmarket area, often fooling defenders and attackers alike with the angle and length of delivery. And so it was on 75 minutes as a throw toward the back post (I kid you not) missed everyone apart from an instinctive arm by Brand who deflected the ball into the net. 2 – 1 to Wroxham. Not so much a half Nelson as a full Fuller. Stowmarket out for the count. A couple of half chances and an unlucky block by a Stow attacker from his own player and the Yachtsmen had wrestled all three points back to Norfolk.