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Whitton United
Norwich United
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P Cook (28', 57'), M Blake (41', 45'), J Speller (47'), J George (82')
Tue 21 Apr 19:45 - Thurlow Nunn Eastern Counties League - Premier Division Attendance 55

Six of the BEST!!

The champions put on a champagne performance to give the greens of Whitton a real spanking.

The boys went into the game expecting a proper battle, Whitton are having a positive end to their season. Unbeaten at home in their last five, Whitton had scored 18 goals in the process including six themselves on Saturday; also just a week earlier they had pushed Lowestoft Town all the way in the Suffolk Premier Cup Final, losing finally 2 - 1 after extra time. So a victory was by no means a foregone conclusion.

The win was our 31st victory in the league this season putting us 25 points ahead of Stanway currently sitting second. The first chance of the game fell to the Greens with a good strike from Alicion Blake which Duncan McAnally had to tip over, Blake was involved in the next point of note, a clash leaving his nose pumping blood that took a full five minutes to stop the bleeding, Chelsea stemmed the bleeding and the game got back under way with a wounded Blake continuing. The chance proved Whittons last for over an hour, as the Planters began to take control.

The first Planters chance came after a ball was fed in by Andy Cusack, Paul Cook turned superbly getting a great shot off, only to see it come off the bar. Ben Thompson had the next strong effort which was turned round the post by the keeper. United were totally in control, Adam Hipperson was giving the full back all sorts of problems. CBT were causing total panic, that's not Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and our CBT Cooky, Blakey and Thommo were doing nothing to ease Whittons depression. Gavin Lemmon and Lee Mason were well in charge in the midfield.

Twenty minutes of pressure finally paid off when on 28 minutes an Adam Hipperson cross was put away by Paul Cook, whilst some thought it may have been an own goal, Cooky was insistent when claiming it and the Whitton defence didn't want the credit for it. 0 - 1 Planters.

The pressure didn't ease and after excellent work by Andy Cusack and Adam Hipperson the ball through to Mathew Blake was put away for the United second, 0 - 2 Blakey finally getting back on the score sheets having drawn a blank for a few games. The goal putting him equal top of the goal scorers table with Tom Meechan of Goddy Rovers.

Just before the half time whistle the game was put to bed as a contest when Paul Cook in on goal drew the keeper before rolling it to Blakey for a tap in 0 - 3 Yellows. Going in three up the boys were comfortable with a Blakey brace seeing him top of the goal scorers table .

The Planters came out for the second half with no intention of settling for a three goal victory, Jamie Speller won the ball outside his own box and went on a charge, beating three Whitton players and going the full length of the park before playing a neat one two with Paul Cook rounding the keeper and finishing brilliant! 0 - 4 one thing to note Jamie doesn't score easy goals another classy finish!!

On 48 minutes Adam Bennett and Jamie George came on replacing Hippo and Thommo.

On 57 minutes Jamie Speller repaid Cooky for his assist earlier playing Paul in for his second of the night 0 - 5 Planters. On the hour Whitton had a good chance from a corner to get a consolation goal, but the clean sheet was kept in tact when Andy Cusack cleared off the line.

82 minutes saw the final goal of a super six when Paul Cooks strike came off the keeper, Jamie George following up smashed it home
0 - 6 Planters a great result!!

Plenty in the running for man of the match but it goes to Jamie Speller.

That's 95 points on the board and 95 goals with three games left in the league, away to Newmarket Saturday then a trip to Godmanchester with our final game at Plantation Park on the second of May, what odds of the boys getting centuries of goals and points, plus Blakey getting the golden boot for the season now up to 29 one above Meechan.


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Key moments

Goal Paul Cook scores for Norwich United
Goal Mathew Blake scores for Norwich United
Goal Mathew Blake scores for Norwich United
Goal Jamie Speller scores for Norwich United
Goal Paul Cook scores for Norwich United
Goal Jamie George scores for Norwich United
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As it happened

  • Whitton United
  • Norwich United
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  • Adam Hipperson Assist 28:00'
  • Paul Cook Goal 28:00'
  • Andrew Cusack Assist 41:00'
  • Adam Hipperson Assist 41:00'
  • Mathew Blake Goal 41:00'
  • Mathew Blake Goal 45:00'
  • Paul Cook Assist 45:00'
  • Paul Cook Assist 47:00'
  • Jamie Speller Goal 47:00'
  • Adam Bennett Sub On 48:00'
  • Jamie George Sub On 48:00'
  • Adam Hipperson Sub Off 48:00'
  • Ben Thompson Sub Off 48:00'
  • Jamie Speller Assist 57:00'
  • Paul Cook Goal 57:00'
  • Jamie George Goal 82:00'
  • Paul Cook Assist 82:00'

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Norwich United 38 101
2. Godmanchester Rovers 38 75
3. Stanway Rovers 38 74
4. Kirkley & Pakefield 38 70
5. Felixstowe & Walton United 38 67
6. Newmarket Town 38 62
7. Hadleigh United 38 60

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