Anglian Combination round-up
21:15 04 April 2012
St Andrews 4, Wells Town 1
Wells paid the price for three costly first half mistakes as their struggles continued in the Anglian Combination Premier Division.
The Seasiders had the better of the early exchanges but failed to break the deadlock. A trio of errors from the visitors then allowed St Andrews to go into half-time with a 3-0 advantage.
The second period was all Wells as they played some of their best passing football for several weeks and it was no surprise when Tom East pounced and reduced the arrears.
The hosts killed off the match late into the second period to give a slightly misleading scoreline.
Wells host Blofield on Saturday (2.30pm) with their first home match since March 3.
Wells Town Res 1, Saham Toney 3
A neutral would never have known these teams were sitting miles apart in Anglian Combination Division Five as the young Wells side ran their top of the table opponents ragged for most of the contest.
Against the run of play the visitors scored twice and although Wells reduced the arrears when Castlo netted, the visitors sealed the points when they added a third late on.
Wells Reserves have no match this weekend.
Norwich St Johns 4, Mattishall 1
Mattishall face a battle to hang on to fourth spot in the Anglian Combination Premier Division after losing heavily at Norwich St Johns on Saturday.
Dale Reynolds was on target for the Blues, but goals from Ryan Gray (2), Lloyd Greening and Luke Tuttle saw St Johns win comfortably.
Bradenham Wanderers 2, Watton Utd 3
Bradenham suffered a crucial defeat to bottom side Watton, delivering a significant blow to Wanderers’ chances of survival.
Watton deserved the three points if only for the number of chances created.
The game was just two minutes old when Watton missed an easy chance from a few yards out, home keeper Cruickshank doing well to block the effort with his body.
Watton had a free-kick on the left on 20 minutes and the cross was easily headed home to give them the lead.
Just four minutes later a Bradenham move was started and finished by Karl Bush, who equalised with a long range shot.
Then some clever work by Ramsbotham ended with a pass to Bush, who scored again with a delightful chip over the visiting keeper. Two pieces of real class by the Bradenham number seven to give his side the lead at half-time.
Watton produced two chances early in the second half but both were off target.
On 62 minutes a visiting forward headed against the hosts’ bar and in the ensuing melee the official awarded a penalty which was converted at the second attempt.
Three minutes later the visitors should have taken the lead when an easy chance was scooped over the bar.
On 74 minutes Melton headed wide from a Bradenham left wing cross, and on 70 minutes Bush came close to getting his hat-trick but miscued his shot after good approach work by Ricky Forder.
Watton then had a period of concerted pressure at the end of which they deservedly went ahead with a header.
The home side’s last effort was a Bush free-kick which was easily saved.
So three very important points went the way of Watton who will now probably fancy their chances of staying up this season. Wanderers are at home to Brandon on Saturday.