Blofield Utd 1 Reepham Town 1
Honours Shared at the Rec
A sizeable crowd of 150+ gathered at the Rec to see if Blofield could get back to winning ways.
With Danny Mckail and Kris Hart away, Will Bennett & James Curson injured & Elliot Gibbs suspended, Damo was yet again forced to reshuffle his pack for the visit of Reepham.
In came Adam Wright and Matt Banham, whilst youngsters Ryan Frankland & Jake Mann also made the squad with Ryan starting in a 4-4-2 formation.
Blofield: Ian Stones, Matty Banham, Isaac Mace, Adam Wright, James Basey Fisher ©, Jack Robinson, Tom Wright, Dan Stobbart, Robbie Fryers, Orren Oliver, Ryan Frankland. Subs: Richard Brett, Jake Mann, Nick Budd
Blofield started the more positive and Frankland was soon in the action, his 4th minute deep cross was easily cleared though.
An Issac Mace long throw twice caused problems within the Reepham defence and good interchange play between Stobbart, Tom Wright & Robinson resulted in Fryers shooting wide.
To their credit Reepham were trying to play out from the back but regrettably for them this resulted in the opening goal for the home side. Some sloppy play saw the ball fall to Robinson who tucked his chance away well to make it 1-0 to Blofield after 8 minutes.
Robinson was involved again ten minutes later as Blofield looked the more likely to increase their lead. A delightful flick by Oliver saw Robinson racing in on goal. He squared to Fryers who shot was well deflected wide by the Reepham defence. From the resulting corner, Stobbart headed wide, when he probably should have done better.
It was all Blofield and yet again, some more sloppy Reepham defending almost let in Robinson & within a minute on two occasions, crosses on the left from Mace & Frankland were headed out for corners, which both came to nothing.
Little was seen of Reepham as an attacking force but finally on the half hour mark, they had their first shot of the afternoon as Webster fired well over.
Oliver was also having a decent game and on the 36th minute he was close to grabbing a second but for some great last ditch defending from Larke who cleared the ball for a corner. From this, the ball fell to Adam Wright on the edge of the area whose shot seemed destined for the goal, only to inadvertently blocked by Frankland and subsequently cleared.
Reepham had the final say of the half as Ashman shot over from distance, the referee blowing the half time whistle soon afterwards.
H/T: Blofield Utd 1 Reepham Town 0
Blofield had two great chances to stretch their lead at the beginning of the second half.
Firstly, Oliver burst through the Reepham defence again to be one on one with the keeper. Swatman did well block the initial shot and the ball was subsequently scrambled away for yet another corner. From this, Basey Fisher found himself completely free but his header cannoned back off the post and was cleared.
The Beaver’s were to rue all these missed chances and in the 51st minute, Reepham equalised with a fantastic opportunist effort. A poor Stones clearance found Reephams Tim Edwards and from fully 40 yards, the Reepham midfielder returned the ball first time past Stones and into the empty net.
This seemed to knock Blofield completely out of their stride and gave Reepham belief and they almost twice took the lead.
First Dale Webster ran 30 yards with the ball and shot just over. A minute later his cross found Joe Wright who somehow stabbed the ball over from 6 yards out.
Ironically, in the 63rd minute, it was from a Reepham Corner that Blofield almost re-took the lead. A swift counter attack involving Robinson & Fryers saw Oliver’s shot well saved by Swatman.
There was then a flurry of substitutions as for Reepham, Turner & Livock replaced Ashman & Webster, whilst Oliver made way for Brett for Blofield.
Robinson was at the heart of most of Blofield’s attacking play and in the 71st minute, his first time shot was saved by Swatman. A minute later, he waltzed around two Reepham defenders but the final ball was cleared.
Two minutes later, debutant replaced debutant as Frankland made way for Mann.
Blofield began to build up a head of steam as the game entered the last ten minutes. Richard Brett saw his shot charged down and from yet another Blofield corner, Adam Wright’s goal bound effort was deflected over by Larke.
In the 82nd minute, Stobbart rose well to flick a long throw on but the ball agonisingly ran straight across the Reepham six yard box with no Blofield player in sight.
Two minutes later, Mann did well to slip the ball through to Robbie but Larke was there once again to mop up the danger. Shortly after that Banham went down clutching his hamstring & was subsequently replaced by Budd.
As the home side began to run out of ideas it was Joe Wright for the visitors who had the final say as he shot inches wide to the relief of the home crowd.
Full Time: Blofield Utd 1 Reepham Town 1
This will definitely be seen as two points dropped for the home side as they carved out more than enough chances to win comfortably. Credit to Reepham who hung in there and could have easily snatched a winner at the end.
October is certainly looking like a crucial month for Blofield with trips to Stalham and Beccles to come in the league and Hoveton in the cup.
First up though is the local derby with Acle at home this weekend & no doubt both teams will see this as a good opportunity to get the three points.