Mixed start for Hindringham

On Tuesday night Hindringham won their home derby with Wells Town 1-0 (Scott Gray).Poringland 3, Hindringham 3 (aet)Hindringham face a home Norfolk Senior Cup replay on Saturday, 2.

On Tuesday night Hindringham won their home derby with Wells Town 1-0 (Scott Gray).

Poringland 3, Hindringham 3 (aet)

Hindringham face a home Norfolk Senior Cup replay on Saturday, 2.30pm ko.

On a very hot afternoon, manager Phil West had a number of people who could not play, meaning first starts for Scott Saunders and the transfer of keeper Chris Cracknell from Fakenham. Hindringham started with a 4-5-1 formation, Mike Cameron in midfield.

Hindringham started well and looked comfortable on the ball. After 10 minutes a great team move involving Coslett, Cameron and Gray enabled Walker to coolly slot into the far corner.

Hindringham added a second soon afterwards when Walker again caused problems and his deflected shot went in off the defender.

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Keeper Cracknell was having a fine debut, mopping up behind the back four with his kicking causing problems for the Poringland back four, where Scott Gray was playing the lone striker to great effect.

Poringland scored from a set piece to make the half-time score 2-1,

Poringland looked the much fresher side second half and scored with a header.

Scott Gray restored the lead with a well-taken finish, but Poringland came back again and scored to take the game into extra time, where neither team looked like adding to the scoreline. The heat had taken effect on everyone.

Hindringham 2, Holt 3

In Phil West's first league game back in charge, he chose a 3-5-2 line-up, with the returning Franks and Walker included along with new signing Hudson. Walpole was ruled out through injury. Chilvers was played behind the front two.

Hindringham started well and pinned Holt back, but were unable to gain the advantage their play deserved.

Holt fought their way back into the game and started to look dangerous.

Hindringham were giving away too many needless free-kicks and corners, and Holt's extra height caused the home defence problems.

Against the run of play, Hindringham scored on the stroke of half-time. Good work from Hudson allowed Gray the chance to blast home at the near post.

Holt came out strongly in the second half and pinned Hindringham back.

But after about 10 minutes, Hindringham were award a penalty for handball which Gray converted.

Hindringham started to struggle and West introduced Alex Walpole for his senior debut at the age of 16, replacing Walker. Gray had a one on one with the keeper, who saved well.

Hindringham continued to work hard against a good footballing side. Holt scored two quick goals to get back into the match which Hindringham thought they had won.

Holt were awarded a penalty with 10 minutes to go and Hindringham could not get back in the game.

They must learn to see out games when they are leading.