Dragons' Season Runs Out Of Puff
Wivenhoe Town 1 Haverhill Rovers 3
Wivenhoe Town: 1) Glen Morrison 2) Liam Dadds 3) Adie Cant (Connor Worrow 69) 4) Ben Lampon ©5) Ben Parkin 6) Ryan Brown 7) Mike Schofield 8) Marley Spindler 9) Serge Strickland (Luke Payne 61) 10) Reece Keating 11) Tim Dennis (Ben Connell 66) Unused Subs: None
Haverhill Rovers: 1) Edward Wooten 2) Simon Newnes (Fraser Coddy 68) 3) Greg Strong 4) Sam Holmes 5) Stuart Kingham 6) Paul Abbott 7) Mark Abbott 8) Ross Elkins 9) Ryan Weaver 10) Jake Twinn 11) Jack Wilkinson. Unused Subs:14) Marcus Hunt 15 Neil Cogger
Referee: Mr N Bond. Assts: Messrs Yellop and Welham
It was a cool spring evening at Broad Lane and the sun set brassily over the car park. The Reds of Haverhill kicked off towards the University and clubhouse end of the ground and the home supporters behind the Reds’ goal shielded their eyes from the glare of the lowering sun.
Quickly Haverhill won a free kick on the left and Abbott (M) whipped it in at the near post where Strong appeared unmarked to direct a header towards goal, but the ball struck Glen Morrison as he came off his line and the ball was cleared. On four minutes Haverhill earned a corner and as the floodlights flickered into life Glen caught the ball from the resultant kick.
Having struggled to get it together in the opening minutes The Dragons suddenly blossomed on 8 minutes when a punt forward found Reece Keating who fed Marley Spindler on the left; Marley lobbed the ball into the middle where Reece took it down before firing a pacey drive over the cross bar from 20 yards. Two minutes on and Serge Strickland went on a short run, eluding a tackle or two and then sending the ball wide of the right hand upright from 22 yards. Wivenhoe were now gathering a bit of momentum and enjoyed a spell of domination as they passed the ball about and pushed forward, eventually leading to a cross from the left by Ben Lampon, which Tim Dennis met with a header inside the box. Tim had found plenty of space and got up well but his header was not well controlled and it looped up in the air, only to come down to Reece Keating who was wide at the edge of the six yard box; Reece headed the ball back towards the centre of the goal but the area was crowded and the ball was cleared. Tim Dennis was involved again two minutes later as he smacked a snap shot into the crowd from 22yards.
With the halfway point of the half approaching, Serge Strickland collected the ball near the half way line and surged forward, drifting past a couple of challenges before being brought down; Liam Dadds lofted in the free kick but it was cleared before another passing move saw Serge and Reece Keating link up on the edge of the box and Reece struck a firm shot from 18 yards, but it was too close to the ‘keeper who was able to get down a fall on it. At the other end Jack Wilkinson impersonated his namesake Johnny as he lobbed the ball over the stand but then The Reds won a corner on the left. The ball was hit to the far post where Glen Morrison called for and claimed the ball but it spilled from his hands. Glen felt the ball had been knocked form his hands but referee whose name was Bond, Neil Bond, didn’t agree. The upshot was that Glen dropped the ball, almost got it back but didn’t and then it was headed into the net by Holmes to give Haverhill an underserved and fortuitous lead…and Glen was booked for the second game in a row for complaining.