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Late goal blow to Hindringham

PUBLISHED: 08:07 28 February 2008 | UPDATED: 10:15 07 July 2010

Hindringham 2, North Walsham Town 2

HINDRINGHAM answered the manager's calls for a battling, gritty display from all players, and were unfortunate to not win this Dolphin Autos Anglian Combination Premier Div-ision encounter.

Hindringham 2, North Walsham Town 2

HINDRINGHAM answered the manager's calls for a battling, gritty display from all players, and were unfortunate to not win this Dolphin Autos Anglian Combination Premier Div-ision encounter.

Manager Marcus Oliver said afterwards: “I am totally lost for words. After a team performance like that, to concede so late is heart-breaking. With seven games left we have a mountain to climb, but we are capable of getting out of trouble, because if we had won we would have been off the bottom of the table.”

On Saturday, Hindringham are away to Cromer, 2.30 kick off, meet Bistro 12.45.

Oliver was forced to turn out and play as Craig East called off with illness, Clipston replaced Walker on the right and captain West was pushed up front alongside Betts.

Hindringham made the worst possible start, conceding an early penalty after Olser was adjudged to have brought down the North Walsham striker.

Hindringham then lifted their game and pushed forward with Clipston and Chilvers getting at their full backs and getting decent crosses into the box. And from a Chilvers corner skipper West rose highest to head home and give Hindringham a deserved equaliser.

With the wind at their backs Hindringham pressed and created chances for Betts, Chilvers and East, but they were not converted. Manager Oliver called for his players to push on and win this encounter and keep the ball on the ground, and they looked dangerous every time they went forward. West and Betts were linking up well and playing well off each other and they combined to set up Tommy East to fire home from close range. Hindringham won a number of set plays close to the box, Chilvers, Coslett and Oliver were all wastful and blasted over.

Then the turning point. With West clean through he was brought down in the area right in front of the goal. The ref awarded a penalty then saw the linesman's flag, changed his mind and only booked the player.

Hindringham stood firm and after dealing with four corners in a row thought they had done enough. With 94 minutes on the clock Olser's goal kick was won by a Walsham player, and after Hindringham failed to clear a ball from wide on the left, the Walsham striker rose highest to head home an undeserved equaliser.

A race night is being held in the Bistro at Fakenham in aid of Hindringham FC on Saturday (March 1) at 7pm.

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