Wells Town show improvement in league defeat

Wells Tn 2, Wroxham Res 3

AN IMPROVED display was not enough to secure victory for bottom-of-the-table Wells in the Anglian Combination Premier Division.

Town, who had conceded 13 goals in their previous two matches, looked a far better side than in recent weeks.

On a crisp afternoon at Beach Road, the Yachtsmen settled earliest. On five minutes the visitors won a free-kick which was taken quickly by Craig Terrington but Wells managed to clear their lines.

Thacker was allowed to get in a shot which was heading for the top corner but Wells keeper Sam Molyneux produced a brilliant save to tip the ball over.

Another Terrington free-kick was again turned over and from the corner Wroxham headed narrowly wide.

On 17 minutes, Wroxham took the lead when they were awarded another free-kick and this time Terrington’s shot curled in at the far corner past a forest of players, with no-one able to stop it going in.

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A long cross field pass from Jordan Southgate reached Luke Thacker whose first time shot almost hit the target. Sam Harty was booked for some abusive language and was fortunate not to receive something worse than a yellow card. However he remained on the pitch and shortly after cleared off the line as Wells looked to reduce the arrears.

The Seasiders were getting more in the game as Wroxham’s passing let them down. Just before the break, the home side were level when Rio Starkings’ poor header back was never going to reach keeper Liam Still, who brought down James Frary and was booked as the referee pointed to the spot. Daniel Wick had no trouble sending Still the wrong way for the equaliser.

Straight from the restart Wroxham forced a corner and restored their lead when Harty chested the ball down and volleyed in from distance.

Wroxham then had to clear off the line as Wells again pushed forward.

Wroxham increased their lead in the 50th minute when Thacker neatly lobbed the keeper to give the Yachtsmen what seemed an unassailable lead. However they became sloppy and Still had to make a good save to deny the hard working Daniel Grocott.

The home side were given a lifeline when a neat ball was played to Joe Harrison in the penalty area and despite Wroxham defenders awaiting the assistants flag, he slipped the ball past Still on 65 minutes.

Wells created more chances with Grocott and James Frary both going close but Wroxham held on to take the spoils.

Wells travel to fellow strugglers Wymondham Town on Saturday in a crucial bottom of the table clash.

Wells Reserves host Saham Toney at Beach Road (2pm).