Bradenham Wanderers draw to secure Division One title

PUBLISHED: 10:56 20 April 2017


Bradenham Wanderers ensured they would be going up to the top flight of the Anglian Combination as champions on Tuesday evening.

Wanderers travelled to Hindringham for their final match of a triumphant campaign with promotion already guaranteed and knowing they needed to avoid defeat to finish above morning leaders Beccles Town.

And they got the result they needed, coming from two down to secure a 2-2 draw to finish level on points with their rivals but top thanks to a narrow advantage on goal difference.

Tuesday evening’s game started at a fast pace and Hindringham opened the scoring with Bradenham conceding an own goal.

Bradenham seemed down on their luck and a good move on the right hand side saw Hindringham quickly move 2-0 ahead.

A second own goal of the match, this time from Hindringham, brought the score back to 2-1 and again Bradenham wasted chances to level the match and as half-time arrived with no further goals.

The second half saw manager Kevin Stagles make changes and introduce Hunt and Barrett into the team.

A much improved Bradenham performance saw one of many chances go over the bar with a well worked free-kick from R Thurley.

Then a good move on the wing goal saw J Brien bring the scores level at 2-2 with 20 minutes to go. There was then a nervous finale, with both teams missing chances to secure the win, and Bradenham eventually saw out the game to win the league on goal difference.

Bradenham had clinched promotion to the Premier Division the previous Wednesday when they travelled to Mundford and came away with a 3-1 win that took them out of reach of third placed Hellesdon.

Scott Sutherland-Gray weighed in with a couple of goals while Thomas Spalding was also on target.

The win took them to the top of the table, two points clear of Beccles, but the Suffolk side won 2-1 at Scole in their final game on Saturday to go back to the summit and seal their own promotion. Everyone connected with the club played their part in what has been a memorable season, with a special vote of thanks going to the sponsors for their support.


Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Fakenham and Wells Times visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Fakenham and Wells Times staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Fakenham and Wells Times account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Other Fakenham and Wells sport

Thu, 09:20

An excellent Fakenham home performance saw them comfortably beat a dangerous Diss side to secure 23 points and fourth place in the Norfolk Alliance Premier Division.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Robert Lambert admitted his granddad who started his career was “looking down on him proudly” after he landed the Sports Insure British Championship title.

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Football fans can watch the World Cup sitting at a huge grandstand in front of a big screen in the front garden of a Dereham pub.

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Little is known about the tiny wooden building which sits unassuming, tucked away from a mid-Norfolk market town’s high street.

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 15°C

min temp: 13°C

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

Read the Fakenham and Wells Times e-edition today

Newsletter Sign Up

Fakenham and Wells Times weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy