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Blofield United
Mulbarton Wanderers
Sat 26 Aug 14:30 - Hadley & Ottaway Anglian Combination - Premier Division Full time

Blofield Vs Mulbarton Report

Hart sees red as Blofield lose to Mulbarton

Mulbarton were the visitors to the rec having won their opening two games of the season. Blofield had also made an unbeaten start following up an opening day draw with a midweek win at St Andrews.

Squads: Blofield – Ian Stones, Sean Brown, Isaac Mace, Callum Burke, Matty Banham, Kris Hart, Danny McKail, Dan Stobart, Richard Brett, Will Bennett, Jack Robinson. Subs – Robbie Fryers, Orren Oliver, Duncan Whitlam

Mulbarton – Tom Wright, Liam Brock, Joel Putter, Eliot Altay, Mark Sutcliffe, Chris Gibbons, Hayden Gibbons, Danny Self, Jamie Smith, Ben Thompson, Dom Doggett. Subs – Jack Simpson, Miles Palmer

The game started brightly and the visitors had the opening chance of the match, a long range shot from Doggett was left by Stones in the Blofield goal, with the ball smashing back out off the cross bar. Then a Banham free kick for Blofield saw Isaac’s header go just over at the other end.
The first really big chance fell the way of the home team, Bretty and Will worked hard to close down the Mulbarton keeper and defenders, before forcing a mistake from Wright who misplaced a kick straight to Bretty’s feet, however the keeper atoned for his error by saving the one on one chance, the rebound unable to be converted by Danny Mckail following up.
Despite having the better of the opening quarter of an hour Blofield couldn’t score, and then the sucker punch as a cross field ball to Eliot Altay for Mulbarton was perfectly controlled and fired into the bottom corner for 1-0. This goal really took the sting out of the rest of the half so the teams went in at 1-0 at the break.
The second half started with Mulbarton on the front foot, in the opening minute Stones was forced into a good save with his legs after an error from Issac. Orren and Robbie replaced Jack and Bretty as Blofield looked to change things in their favour.
But then came the moment that changed everything, a ball into the box was fumbled by Stones, and as a lobbed shot cleared keeper, strikers and defenders in the area only Harty was left on the line. Unfortunately he couldn’t quite reach to head the ball away, instinctively reaching up to save the ball with his hand instead. A red card and a penalty to Mulbarton, which was duly dispatched by Altay for his second of the match.
With little choice Blofield went for it, Sean Brown replaced by Duncan Whitlam resulting in a 3-4-2 formation, and it very nearly paid off as the ball went through to Orren but he put his shot wide of the post.
It was then very much advantage Mulbarton as Thompson and Doggett both missed good chances to extend the visitors lead, before eventually a cross from Danny Self was turned into his own net by Danny McKail for 3-0.
Stoppage time proved eventful as Blofield were awarded a penalty after Joel Putter was penalised for blocking a cross with his arm, substitute Robbie bringing the score back to 3-1 from the spot. Then Blofield were lucky not to be reduced to 9 men, keeper Stones clearly handling the ball outside the area, but this was somehow missed by both referee and linesmen. Finally in the 8th minute of stoppage time Mulbarton added a fourth, a low corner turned in at the near post by Ben Thompson. Full time Blofield 1 Mulbarton 4.
In reality the score line in this game could have been a lot different, Blofield will feel they had the chances to get at least a point, but Mulbarton will maybe feel they could have had another three or four goals. Once again it was the same failings for Blofield, the inability to score when on top mixed with the conceding of too many goals. Hopefully a trip to Bradenham in the next game will bring us a much needed second win of the season!

Jonny Clarke

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# Team Pl Pts
9. Mattishall 14 19
10. Caister 13 18
11. Blofield United 14 18
12. Beccles Town 14 16
13. Stalham Town 15 14
14. St Andrews 12 13
15. Acle United 14 10

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