Hindringham celebrate a vital victory
Watton United 0, Hindringham 1
It was make or break time in Hindringham’s season, and they secured the win which took them off the bottom of the Anglian Combination Division One.
They hung onto their lead which came from Clipston’s fifth-minute strike and could even afford to miss a second-half penalty.
Hindringham are now three points clear of Bungay but teams just above them have games in hand, meaning more good results are needed.
At Watton, West partnered Belton up top with Betts dropping in behind the front two. Chilvers returned on the left after holiday.
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Manager Oliver called for a fast start, and after only five minutes a great through ball from Chilvers set up Betts to break into the box. He crossed for an unmarked Clipston to fire Hindringham into the lead.
Watton had a lot of the ball but failed to hurt the Hindringham defence which was well marshalled by Gary Belton. Whittred and Coslett were biting into the tackles, allowing Betts time and space to pick out his man.
Hindringham had a few half-chances, Clipston going close with two efforts and Betts firing wide from the edge of the box.
Hindringham came out slowly in the second half and Stockdale had to be alert on a number of occasions. Once they settled they created a number of decent chances, but the final ball was missing.
Oliver then brought on Hudson to add pace to the attack and he linked well with West, who was holding the ball up to good effect, Hudson twice testing the keeper.
West hit the bar when put through by Chilvers. Then, after great work from Betts and West, the ball fell to Hudson who beat the keeper only to see his shot stop on the goal-line to be cleared to safety.
Raisbury dealt with the long balls Watton were starting to pump at Hindringham. With under 10 minutes remaining, Stockdale made a great close-range block.
Then Chilvers sent West clear, and as he was about to shoot he was brought down in the area. But Gary Belton fired the penalty over.
Hindringham then held out for a massive win ahead of Saturday’s important trip to Poringland Wanderers who have the same number of points from two games fewer. KO 2pm, meet Bistro 12.