Blofield Utd 1 Wroxham Reserves 6
Thumping win for the visitors
Blofield returned to league action following their cup success the previous weekend with the visit of Wroxham Reserves who had also won impressively last week and were looking for their first league win of the current campaign.
Another late call off meant manager Didwell had to make some late changes. Blofield lined up in their usual 4-3-3 formation.
Blofield Starting XI: Ian Stones, Matty Banham, Isaac Mace, Tom Wright, James Basey Fisher , Kris Hart, Orren Oliver, Dan Stobbart, Richard Brett, Robbie Fryers, Jack Robinson.
Before the match, there was a minutes silence impeccably observed in memory of Aiden Lowe, the young local footballer who lost his life earlier in the week.
Blofield started brightly and Fryers fired over from an early Mace free kick but it was Wroxham who looked the more threatening and after a couple of early half chances, took the lead in the 8th minute with a beautifully crafted goal.
Fuller did ever so well to hold the ball up on half way and then crafted a delightful pass through to Jordan Bond who slid the ball under the despairing dive of keeper Stones to put the young Yachtsman one up.
Blofield should have equalised two minutes later. Fryers headed on to Brett who was clean through but he could only shoot straight at Hunt.
On 17 minutes Fryers was involved again but for the all the wrong reasons as his stray pass ended up with Galley crossing for Fuller who should have done better than head the ball over from three yards out.
Ryan Fuller was proving a handful for the experienced Basey Fisher & Hart and from a Wroxham corner his header grazed the angle of post and crossbar and Wroxham looked to extend their lead.
Blofield were struggling to fashion any really clear-cut chances and they suffered a further blow as Banham limped off with a hamstring injury. He was replaced by Danny Mckail.
In a rare Blofield move of any quality, some good interchange play between Wright, Stobbart and Mace saw Isaac’s cross being headed weakly over by Oliver.
Just over the half hour mark and Wroxham got the second their play deserved. Galley & Bond combined for Fuller to sweep home to make it 2-0 to the visitors.
Blofield tried desperately to get back into the game and Robinson shot wide from an acute angle. More often than not, passes were going astray and the defence always looked vulnerable to the counter attack.
Just before half time it was 3 as the impressive Archie Galley headed home from a free kick.
H-T: Blofield Utd 0 Wroxham Reserves 3
Brett was replaced by Calum Cox as the hosts looked to get back into the game early. By this times the heavens had well and truly opened as Oliver’s deep cross found Mckail who shot well wide.
Wroxham responded and Tarft’s 25 yard effort just dipped over the bar.
Bond was replaced by Parker for Wroxham and two minutes later, they sealed the match with their 4th in somewhat bizarre circumstances which summed up the beaver’s afternoon.
I’m not entirely sure what happened as I was making some notes but from what people told me, Stones rolled the ball out to Hart, who either mis-controlled it or was not aware the ball was intended for him. Either way, Galley just chipped the ball back over Stones’s head to make the score 4-0.
Wroxham made their second change with Borts being replaced by Miles & Blofield made their final change with Oliver making way for Jon Wynne.
In the 68th minute, the home side did give their supporters something to cheer about with a consolation effort. Robinson rolled a short corner out to Wright whose cross was eventually converted by Cox, giving him his first senior goal in Blofield colours.
Five minutes later, the same routine almost caught the visitors out again. However this time, Wright’s cross could only be stabbed wide by Basey Fisher.
In the 86th minute, Wroxham got their fifth with another exceptional goal. Blofield actually had a corner but from the subsequent clearance sub Ryan Miles showed great pace in running half the length of the pitch, rounding keeper Stones and finishing coolly to make it 5-1.
The young Yachtsman were not done there though and in another exquisite move, Fuller claimed his second of the match to give the final score of Blofield Utd 1 Wroxham Reserves 6.
This was undoubtedly the worst performance of the season for the beavers & was particularly bad for Damo to take, having lost to the team he managed last season. To many players had ‘off’ days and things will need to dramatically improve.
I don’t want to take anything away though from the visitors performance which was exceptional. I’ve spent the odd game over the years chasing the shadows of Wroxham players but this was probably the best performance I’ve seen from the young yachtsmen against Blofield since their Sterry Cup winning side of ten years ago.
Blofield will now turn their attention next Saturday to a difficult looking Norfolk Senior Cup 1st round away tie against the early Division One leaders Sheringham.