Wells claim derby win over Hindringham

Wells Town 4, Hindringham 0THE Seasiders took the derby honours at a misty Beach Road with a hard-fought win over their Anglian Combination Division One rivals.

Wells Town 4, Hindringham 0

THE Seasiders took the derby honours at a misty Beach Road with a hard-fought win over their Anglian Combination Division One rivals.

It was no match for the faint-hearted, played on a heavy pitch.

On the back of winning the team of the month award for December and January, Hindringham manager Phil West went into the match in good spirits but knowing that form goes out of the window on derby days and that his team would have to dig deep and battle every inch. He recalled Saunders for Walker, Alex Walpole being ruled out for two months through injury.

Hindringham started well, settled into the battle on a sticky surface and within five minutes were awarded a penalty after handball when David Coslett was well placed to shoot. Scott Gray hit a post, and the rebound came to nothing. This lifted Wells and they moved up a gear and gained control.

Wells started to create chances for themselves and on 10 minutes Craig East put them in the driving seat with an unchallenged header that flew in off the underside of the bar, giving Cracknell no chance.

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Hindringham's Karl Pask did well out wide, beat his man and lobbed the keeper from 30 yards, only for the effort to rebound back off the bar. The visitors created chances to put the match level but good defending, with Molyneux in fine form, kept the advantage in Wells' favour at the interval.

Wells knew their visitors would attack them straight from the restart and again Molyneux pulled off point-blank saves as the Hindringham strike force looked dangerous.

Pask and Gray linked up well, with Pask going close. Coslett put a cross in for Gray, who somehow missed from close range, Gray also having a shot blocked on the line.

Then Wells gained total control, bossed the game and won with ease. They were more hungry and first to every second ball and Hindringham did not match them.

Wells scored from a penalty and added two late goals with Hindringham all over the place. They could not wait for the final whistle.

On 70 minutes Wells were awarded their spot kick when Harrison was up-ended in the box, East placing his spot kick out of the reach of Cracknell for his and Wells' second.

The Seasiders added a third on 80 minutes when Grocott turned his marker and slotted home into the far corner. With the match into injury time, McCallum added Wells' fourth when, with only Cracknell to beat, he neatly chipped over the advancing keeper.

Wells Town travel to Holt United on Saturday, 2pm kick-off.

Hindringham visit Wymondham, meet Bistro at 12.15pm.