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Hindringham battle relegation

PUBLISHED: 11:50 10 April 2008 | UPDATED: 10:18 07 July 2010

Hindringham 3, Hempnall 1

HINDRINGHAM, fighting to maintain their Dolphin Autos Anglian Combination Premier Division status, beat a side who still have hopes of finishing second.

Hindringham 3, Hempnall 1

HINDRINGHAM, fighting to maintain their Dolphin Autos Anglian Combination Premier Division status, beat a side who still have hopes of finishing second.

Ahead of Saturday's tough visit to Sheringham (meet Bistro 12,45), manager Marcus Oliver said: “Why we have left it so late to be performing the way we have over the past month is beyond me. But my boys are playing some great stuff in a very strong league. They always stick together and are a great local bunch to manage. We have two games left, so we hope to finish in style.”

Oliver had to make one change from the previous week's victory over Norwich Union, with assistant manager Darryl Parsley coming in for the suspended David Coslett.

In an even start both teams tried to stamp their authority on the game. Hempnall were trying to bully their way through the game, but Hindringham withstood this and fought hard to get the upper hand.

From a great delivery from Gary Belton, skipper West controlled and narrowly fired past the post.

Hempnall's long-ball tactics were being dealt with well by the defence and Betts and West were looking lively up front and pulling a flat Hempnall defence apart.

Hindringham's pressure paid off. From another quality pass from Belton, Jason Chilvers burst through the middle, and the ball fell to West, who beat the keeper to the ball to score.

Hindringham then took their foot off the pedal and allowed Hempnall to get the upper hand.

Hempnall came out in the second half and pinned Hindringham back, but some great tackles from Tagg prevented them from scoring.

Thomas East went through the middle, but failed to test the keeper. Then from a cross, a Hempnall player headed home. This spurred Hindringham on and they got back into the match quickly.

From a Chilvers corner, the ball fell to Parsley who coolly fired Hindringham back into the lead.

Hindringham then applied the pressure to a Hempnall side who lost control. Good work from Betts set Clipston free to cross, for skipper West to kill the game off with his second goal.

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