Saturday was a blustery, overcast day, with the conditions suggesting that any kind of good football would be difficult, writes Darren Wiseman. The Yachtsmen started with George Macrae in goal, with Kieran Smith and captain Mac Gee at full back. Chris Skipper and Joe Manning started at centre half with Simon Lappin and Shaun Taylor just ahead of them in central midfield. Nathan Stewart and Cruise Nyadzayo started out wide trying to service Sonny Carey and Ryan Fuller up front.
Whitton United got us underway shooting towards the Kenny Cooke stand. Wroxham had the strong wind at their backs and it was they who started with some nice football. They earned a corner, which was taken short and returned to Lappin. His ball in found Nyadzayo attacking the near post, and his powerful header flew into the net to give the Yachtsmen an early lead, with not even 3 minutes on the clock.
The hosts were looking good in possession, and having great success with short corners. Stewart dropping short to collect and putting a sleepy Greens defence into a panic as he turned towards goal.
On 12 minutes Whitton United reminded all that they were still in the game, despite all of Wroxham’s good work. Jamie Cole was released and he was able to go round George MaCrae, but Smith was able to clear off the line and get the ball away.
On 20 minutes, it was a long ball that created another chance for the home team, setting the lively Stewart away again. He, unfortunately, mis-hit his effort, which then rebounded to Fuller, who also miscued his effort and Lewis Higgins in the visitors goal was able to make a comfortable save.
The middle of the first half saw the conditions get a little worse, and the match become much more of a slog. The next real chance did not arrive until the 38th minute, and it was again for the Yachtsmen. It was a good ball that set Nyadzayo away again, but as he looked to cross the ball the defender was able to get back and block the cross behind for a corner.
On 42 minutes the final chance of the half came the way of Wroxham. A foul on Stewart earned Jack Newman a yellow card for the visitors. The free kick was hit long and released Sonny Carey, but Higgins was out quickly to head clear. The ball fell for Fuller, but his first-time effort from distance was just wide.
With no changes to personnel at half-time, Wroxham got us underway. The Yachtsmen carried on their good play and on 51 minutes they worked a great move, Carey finally releasing Stewart, but Higgins was again off his line quickly to get the ball behind for a corner.
Whitton United finally started to look like they were getting a foothold in the match. Jac Gaddard had their best chance of the day so far on 54 minutes. He received the ball on the edge of the box, turned and fired a good shot towards goal, but MaCrae got down smartly to make a good save. A few moments later, the Greens made another half chance. A mistake at the back let Jamie Cole run in on goal, round MaCrae, but his touch was heavy and the ball ran out of play before he could shoot.
On 61 minutes, Wroxham seemed to double their lead. Stewart was again played in and he finished very smartly, but the Assistant Referee had flagged and so the goal did not stand. Wroxham took control again at this point, and on 71 minutes they again made a good chance. Nyadzayo again in down the right, pulled the ball back to Carey who put his effort just over. At this point it only looked like the home side was going to get a second goal. They made another chance on 75 minutes, Lappin connecting with Stewart, but his effort went just wide.
With the game going into the last 10 minutes, the match was starting to get a bit niggly, with a few fouls creeping in from a frustrated visiting team. On 85 minutes, the match was put to bed as a contest. Nyadzayo and Lappin linked up to play in Carey and as he turned in the box Jay Proctor brought him down and the referee gave a penalty straight away. Carey got to his feet to bury the spot kick in the bottom left corner, despite Higgins getting a hand to it.
In the last minute, the Yachtsmen added the cherry to the cake. A long ball sets Nyadzayo off again, he cut inside from the left, and powered his shot into the far corner. It was a great finish, and was celebrated with cartwheels and back flips from the delighted number 7!
Wroxham stay 6th following the win, and face Brantham Athletic on Saturday. It should be another competitive fixture with Brantham in 8th place coming into the end of the season.