VITAL TOWN HOME WIN IN LEAGUE
AS WATSON RIPS UP THE FORM BOOK WITH A BRACE
Two spectacular goals from John Watson
propelled Witham Town to their first home win of the season and finally put smiles on the faces of the faithful at Spa Road.
Despite prolonged rain, a pitch inspection had not been necessary thanks to a lot of work carried out by volunteers. The rain had eased off by kick-off time and both teams got off to a lively start.
Ten league places had separated these sides before the match, but lowly Witham quickly took control. luke foster
who was making his debut for Witham nearly put them ahead, but his shot was beaten away by Walker in goal.
Foster put in a good cross that was cleared with difficulty and Walker ran out to foil Sam Ashford
after good work by Ashman. Witham were looking comfortable and an excellent through ball by Watson enabled Ashman to test the goalkeeper.
Sudbury had scored nine goals in their previous three games, but they were showing no fluency as they struggled to find a way through the Witham midfield. Any attacking moves that made it to the final third were nullified by the solid Witham defence, supported by skipper Danny Norton
in a deep role.
Witham made an important breakthrough after 17 minutes. Foster broke down the right and fed Michael Osei-Saahene. His pass found John Watson
outside the penalty area and a spectacular shot from Watson opened the scoring.
in goal for Witham was keeping guard against his former club. He was largely a spectator in the first half, his only contribution of note being a save from Harrison in the 20th minute.
was a constant menace. He took a pass from kevin coyle
and had a dangerous run down the left. His cross almost found Ashford but the ball was cleared for a corner.
Sudbury’s attacking woes were compounded on the stroke of half-time when Phil Kelly was shown a red card for using an elbow against John Watson
Sudbury made a determined start to the second half and began to put Witham under pressure in an attempt to get back into the game. They looked a lot more dangerous despite being a man down.
The game was stretched as Sudbury forced the pace but left gaps at the back. Collins made an excellent save from Harrison’s free kick. When Harrison’s pass released Tom Monk, Collins did well again. Shortly after that, Pat Ahern gave away a corner under pressure. As the game moved into the final quarter, Sudbury were enjoying their best spell of the game and looking increasingly threatening.
Witham suddenly doubled their lead in the 73rd minute with a goal of the very highest quality from Watson. He picked the ball up on the left and hit a fierce drive into the far corner of the net with from well outside the area. It was a shot of astonishing ferocity and Walker had no time to move.
Goals change games and it breathed new life into Witham, who regained control. Ashman and Foster were causing a lot of problems. Mallett went sprawling in the penalty area and the referee initially awarded a penalty, only to reverse the decision after consulting with an assistant. Four minutes later Mallett was attacking again and he hit a goal-bound shot that Walker superbly pushed against the bar.
It was all Witham towards the end. Just before the final whistle Ashman’s shot was deflected for a corner after a good run by Coyle.
This result was a big relief for Witham, who can now can now prepare for next Saturday’s crucial encounter against Romford in a much more positive frame of mind.