Hindringham face test of character

Hindringham, second bottom of Anglian Combination Division One after the weekend’s 3-2 defeat at Caister, face a tough derby trip on Saturday, to unbeaten section leaders Wells Town.

Hindringham 2, Wymondham 1

Hindringham played Wymondham at Holt under lights midweek where manager Marcus Oliver was without West, Whittred and Walpole. He handed starts to Raisbury, Stockdale and moved Clipston up front to partner Betts.

Hindringham started slowly, but were looking for the pace of Clipston to get him in behind the Wymondham defence.

Once Hindringham got the ball down and played it around, they created chances.

Stockdale was having a lot of joy down the right. He won the ball and played it into Betts, who set Shaun Belton free down the right. His lovely floated cross was headed home by Clipston to give Hindringham a deserved lead.

The defence dealt with the threat Wymondham posed, and Daniel Stockdale’s handling in goal was first-class.

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Hindringham came out in the second half looking more confident, playing the ball about and looking dangerous on the break.

But just as they were on top, Wymondham scored. This tested their character. In previous weeks they would have folded, but not this time.

They upped their game and created chances, and from one Clipston cracked a 30-yard shot into the roof of the net to regain the lead.

Hudson had a great run and shot, which went close. Betts and Shaun Belton went close and Hindringham held out for a deserved three points.

Manager Oliver said afterwards: “It’s been a long time coming, but we have been close.

“Just silly mistakes have cost us, but we have tightened up after conceding so many goals early on in the season.

“We now must push on from here and keep improving and getting results. We now have a decent squad competing with each other for the places.”