Attleborough delight fans with Saturday victory
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Attleborough Town 3 Sprowston Wanderers 1
Boro struggled to beat a robust and competitive Sprowston Wanderers in what was their first Saturday game of the season watched by a very healthy crowd on the Rec.
Craig Bibby recalled Jay Webb to the starting line-up to partner Dan Whitman in attack, while the bench was boosted by the return of Simon Mann, Jacob Carr and Kieran Brown.
Wanderers soon made their intentions clear and the Boro back line were faced with numerous through balls and crosses, but mainly these came to nothing.
Webb and Greg Mann fired over the bar when opportunities came Boro's way and Whitman was unable to control a hard cross when clear of his marker, but Boro went in goalless at half-time.
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Rather than seizing the initiative in the second period Boro looked lethargic and on the hour the visitors deservedly went ahead when a defender got the last touch to direct the ball past Josh Guinness in the home goal.
Changes were made and the bench came to manager Bibby's rescue as Simon Mann caused issues in the visitors' defence. Jay Webb equalised after 72 minutes when he wriggled free to shoot past Chris Gray in goal.
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Gray made some outstanding saves as he thwarted a now rampant Boro attack. Finally a brave header from Lee Devlin gave the home side the lead on 80 minutes and with their tails up, Kieran Brown was upended in the box and Steve Wright confidently despatched the penalty.
A 3-1 win takes Attleborough into the top five of the Anglian Combination Division Two and within striking distance of the leaders.
This Saturday they face East Harling away (2.30pm).
Attleborough Town Res 3 Bradenham Wdrs Res 3
The match started brightly for Boro and after several half-chances they took the lead when captain Tom Venables nodded in from a corner on 15 minutes. The lead only lasted nine minutes when Bradenham equalised after some poor defending from a free kick.
Boro managed to get themselves back in front before half-time when great work from Matty Carr saw him finish off smartly to give Boro a deserved lead.
The second half couldn't have started better – Boro started at a quick pace and within the first few minutes Kane Wetteland hit a shot on to the post which was knocked in by the keeper to give Boro a 3-1 lead. Boro continued to threaten the Bradenham goal and hit the woodwork a further three times and Carr shot wide from close range.
Against the run of play Bradenham found a way back into the game when from a corner the ball came off Jack Crosthwaite at the far post and spun into the net.
With this panic seemed to set in and, buoyed by being back in the game, Bradenham dominated the quarter of the match as Boro struggled to get a hold of the ball. Boro did think they were going to be given a lifeline when Crosthwaite was brought down by the keeper in the box, but the referee seemed to be the only person at the ground not convinced and nothing was given.
The game ended frantically with either side having opportunities to snatch a win, but the game finished 3-3 and was probably a fair result in the end, although Boro were desperately disappointed not to have seen out the game from 3-1 up.
Feltwell Res 2 Attleborough Town A 5
Boro A put their 100pc record to the test in west Norfolk and survived a tough match with a comprehensive victory. Two goals each from Lewis Caddy and Jack Binks and a welcome Sam Peel goal made it four wins from four for Terry Macarthur's side.