By David Wheeler
25 April 2013
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Simon Blower reports on a point a-piece against the Shannocks and yet another goal for ace marksman Chris Holmes...

Team: Ryan Hemmings, Craig Page, Darren Cox, James Basey-Fisher, Kris Hart, Ashley Mitchell, Steven McNicholas, Brady Ledain, James Bulman, Chris Holmes, Duncan Whitlam. Subs: Steve Burdett, Ben Morgan, Tom Cullumbine.

Blofield entertained Sheringham on a sunny evening with Matty Banham and Danny McKail unavailable through work commitments and Damian Didwell injured.

The first 10 minutes produced little action with both teams cancelling each other out competing for possession, a bobbly pitch playing its part. Sheringham had the first opportunity from a corner kick but somehow failed to hit the back of the net from a free header.

Sheringham were the better team for the first 15 minutes outworking and picking up second ball. The first contentious point, Holmes and Bulman exchanged passes, Bulman going clean through on goal, but the referee decided to blow his whistle for an infringement on Holmes, why not let play go on?

Sheringham then had another great opportunity to open the scoring from a corner kick but again placed it wide from another free heading chance. The best opportunity fell to Whitlam when he gambled on a poor touch, won possession and was clean through on goal but in the end failed to make any sort of clean connection.

Sheringham continued to work hard and were making life uncomfortable and remained a threat particularly from set pieces. The game entered into a series of attacks from Blofield but the majority resulted in offside decisions being awarded, which was not only frustrating for the players but also the large supporting crowd.

On 30 minutes, Ledain had a rasping shot which was well saved by the Sheringham keeper, but Blofield were slow to react to the second ball and the keeper gathered up. Page then talked himself into the book but the incident which led to it was missed by the referee’s assistant when a blatant kick out by the Sheringham player was missed.

On the stroke of half time, James B-F hit the post with the ball rebounding to Ledain for what looked liked the simplest of headed tap-ins but somehow he missed the target, although there was the suspicion the keeper may have got a touch.

Half Time 0:0

The 2nd half began as the first but after 10 minutes Sheringham’s Richard Brett, ex-Blofield player, had a great chance but Ryan pulled off a terrific save to keep the scoreline at 0:0.

Sheringham opened the scoring after 60 minutes when Blofield failed to clear the ball, which was bouncing around in the area, a Sheringham player reacted quickly, which resulted in a bullet finish giving Ryan no chance.

This seemed to stir Blofield up and they began to dominate, Ben Morgan replaced Mitchell after 65 minutes and immediately had an impact. On the 70 minute mark, Blofield equalised when Whitlam anticipated and collected the ball, drove into the box before a square pass into the path of Holmes for a tap in. This spurred Blofield on who were now camped in the Sheringham half and were limiting Sheringham to breakaway chances.

Several opportunities went a-begging, firstly a low cross into the box from Hart needed a touch at the far post for a tap in, but no-one was there. A two-on-one situation resulted in Cox overhitting his pass, although the pitch did play a part, Steve McNicholas remained a threat winning headers in the penalty area but the second ball always resulted in finding a Sheringham player to clear, who to their credit remained robust in their defensive duties. Blofield just couldn’t produce that final piece of quality. The final chance fell to Hart who from a corner attacked the ball and it smashed against the crossbar.

Simon Blower

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