Game turns on penalty incidents
Hindringham 0, Hempnall 2HINDRINGHAM, who missed a penalty then conceded a controversial one, were in with the chance of a point right up to the last minute of this Anglian Combination Premier Division clash, when the high-flying visitors scored their second goal.
Hindringham 0, Hempnall 2
HINDRINGHAM, who missed a penalty then conceded a controversial one, were in with the chance of a point right up to the last minute of this Anglian Combination Premier Division clash, when the high-flying visitors scored their second goal.
Manager Blandford was again handed a list of unavailable players as long as his arm: Parsley, East, Defew, Dan, Coslett, Oliver were all out. So Carlos was handed his first start of the season and did not disappoint. Chilvers returned to a midfield three with skipper for the day Gray.
Hindringham started at a fast pace and their 4-3-3 formation caused Hempnall problems, the pace of West, Clipston and Carlos creating half-chances. Hindringham looked solid and pressed a flat back four back. From a great move down the left, Hindringham forced a penalty but Gray's shot to the keeper's left was easily saved.
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West and Clipston both went close to breaking the deadlock. West and Gibson were defending for their lives at the back and coping with Hempnall's long-ball game.
On a rare Hempnall attack, Osler saved brilliantly, and then punched clear from a corner.
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When a Hempnall player hit a fierce drive, the ball appeared to strike the chest of a Hindringham player but the ref awarded a penalty which Hempnall converted to lead 1-0.
Hindringham did not lie down and Chilvers drove the team on from midfield. He delivered a number of great set pieces which were not converted.
Hindringham started the second half in the same manner, and camped in Hempnall's half. Oakes replaced Yotti in midfield and Hindringham changed their formation to get at Hempnall. Haynes was linking well down the left and put a number of good balls into the box.
Carlos brought the ball down well, beat his man and sent the ball past the keeper - only for a defender to get a good block on the line. Hindringham upped their game again, with Gray and Chilvers controlling the midfield, but could not find their way past an inspired keeper. Hempnall scored with the last kick of the game.
On Saturday, fourth-from-bottom Hindingham entertain an Acle side two places above them, meet The Elms 1.30pm for a 2.30pm kick-off.
Hindringham FC wish Thomas East all the best after his move to Wells Town. Hindringham thanked him for his commitment and efforts over the years and the large number of goals he scored for both sides. He will be more than welcome back at the club if things do not work out for him.