Waveney 4 Norton Athletic 2
Keeper errors denies Norton in improved performance
Norton’s vets made the short journey to Lowestoft to take on Waveney in this KO shield tie. Despite the horrendous weather this game was played on the 3G surface at Barnards Meadow and was ultimately the only game that survived.
Unfortunately for Norton it led to another defeat although it was a marked improvement in performance and perhaps had regular keeper Barry Crossan not called off late with illness we may have won the game as 3 of the 4 Waveney goals were soft past stand in keeper Hacon whom was brave enough to step forward on the day.
Waveney scored almost from kick off as they burst forward and a shot from 18 yards came back of Hacon and was followed in from close range.
Norton then lost midfielder Richard Morris with a hamstring injury and so our only sub was introduced meaning no more subs or a linesman for the remaining 85 minutes.
Things got worse for Norton as Waveney broke again and another soft shot beat Hacon for 2-0.
Norton then settled down and set about the task an in truth were probably the better footballing side as we were building some positive link
up play whereas Waveney were really playing through their dangerous forward line on the break.
It was from a positive Norton move that swept from right to left that saw us reduce the deficit as Barry Tipple’s low cross was turned home by Richard Hunt.
Norton had several other half chances with shots high and wide, the keeper equal to them or the linesman’s flag intervening which ruled out a goal from Glen Watts but at half time we were still in the tie albeit 2-1 down.
Second half saw a poor start for Norton whom went 3-1 down from a corner with a soft header that beat Hacon through a crowded 6-yard box but again Norton got on the offensive and reduced arrears again with Jason Bates converting at the far post.
Norton were now well on top and some marauding forward runs by Paul Reader were threatening and he perhaps should have levelled from one firing narrowly over the bar.
Jason Bates then missed a golden chance to level the scores and then against the run of play Waveney stole the fourth with another soft shot that beat Hacon.
This time it was a goal too far as the final 15 minutes really saw Norton run out of steam and ideas as we slipped to another defeat.
This has been a tough first half of the season for Norton whom are out of all cups and winless in the league and the second half of the season sees us very much in a relegation battle with Heils Bakery whom we have to play twice.
The Holmes Builders MoM was Paul Reader.