May 19, 2019, 11:41 p.m.
Saturday, 15th September 2018, 3PM, at Hempnall
Home Match, Central & South Norfolk League Division 4 - 2018 - 2019
Win, 3 - 0
Hempnall Reserves entertained Narborough Reserves, who were playing their first game of the season, at Bungay Road in the Cup.
Hempnall’s first foray in this league resulted in an entertaining 3-3 draw at Litcham, so we were expecting goals and Hempnall didn’t disappoint.
Despite being rusty, Narborough looked a fairly skillful team, but Hempnall settled into to playing some decent football and pressurising the Narborough defence.
After about 15 minutes, Hempnall breached the defence and the number 9 Ashley Land, finished off in good style to give Hempnall a deserved lead.
The return to the Hempnall team of Nick Talbot brought strength and mobility to the Hempnall defence, and with a blend of youth and experience (Brian Forbes leading the midfield), Hempnall were looking confident.
New captain and joint manager (more about that later) Tom Radford, was motivating his troops by example, and his mate, Lewis Bailey, in goal, today appointed joint manager with him, was showing renewed confidence and authority between the sticks.
Aaron Bradley at right back burst through and had a decent shot at goal which was comfortably saved by the keeper, then Bailey was called into action with a Kevin Keelen like dive to repel what was an occasional time the opposition threatened.
Danny Elton got in on the act, shooting but not scoring.
Then, after a foul in the penalty, Elton was given the task of firing in the penalty – a few professional players could watch it and see how it was done – unstoppable!!
The Hempnall number 8, Tyree Poll-White was causing problems with his skilful, direct running, and we were confident Hempnall would keep uo the pressure, and so it happened, Elton should probably have done better with an excellent chance but the ball wouldn’t come down and he lifted it over the bar.
Narborough did have a couple of chances which were spurned, but Hempnall looked in control, Forbes went close on a couple of occasions before half time.
HT – 2-0
The Second half started much like the first, Hempnall pressurised the defence, Elton went very close, not quite able to stretch to convert an excellent cross.
Hempnall remained full of running, Land looking likely to break down the defence , he had a shot which the keeper parried and managed to keep out.
Hempnall looked threatening, sub Leeder spurned a good chance, Land had another shot and another go when the ball bounced out to him, still it didn’t go in.
Finally, though, he scored his second and Hempnall’s third for 3-0, a good finish leaving the keeper no chance.
It was mostly Hempnall, Land probably should have scored his third but hit the ball straight at the grateful keeper.
Hempnall came out of the game with a well deserved 3-0 victory. Match photos will be uploaded soon.
Prior to the match, Dan Roche advised us that due to work and family pressures, he is, for the foreseeable future, unable to continue as manager, Lewis Bailey and Tom Radford have agreed to take the reins. We have instered a more detailed article in ‘News’.