Hemsby suffer disappointing away defeat against bottom side
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Hemsby travelled to face bottom side Loddon Reserves on Bank Holiday Monday and suffered a disappointing 1-0 defeat.
They were half expecting to find the game called off as Loddon have been unable to raise a side on a number of occasions this season.
But they did have a team this time, with the lack of a first team match helping them out.
Hemsby certainly started the better and had a good early chance when Joe Kenny found Kristian Sutton, but a defender just managed to get a block in.
Grant Osben then sent Kenny away with a perfect pass, but the keeper thwarted his effort with his legs and Osben failed to hit the target from the follow-up.
Hemsby lost young Felix Andrews to injury, forcing a major reshuffle, and that affected the balance for a while and Loddon took the lead with their first attack as a good ball split the Hemsby defence and the striker’s miss-hit shot fooled Rui Goncalves.
Hemsby pushed to get back on level terms, but on the extremely bumpy pitch found it difficult to play any decent passing football.
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Everyone thought it would be 1-1 when Sutton was played in behind the defence and he hit an effort that looked as though it would fly in, but the home keeper produced a superb save to deny him. Loddon then created a good chance for themselves following a free-kick and really should have doubled their lead.
The hosts started the second half the better and within two minutes of the restart had a great chance to double their lead when a home striker went down under what looked a fair challenge from Mikey Grayson but fortunately Goncalves saved the spot-kick. Hemsby continually pushed for an equaliser, with full backs Russell Marriott and Kyle Simnett causing major problems down the wings as they joined in every attack.
A good move down the right eventually made its way to Jonny Williams and his first time effort was blocked and the three follow-ups from the rebounds hit Loddon players in the area.
Mauro Cardoso then had a chance but saw his shot turned over the bar and no matter how hard Hemsby tried they just could not find an equaliser and the game finished with a disappointing loss. The Fish & Grill Man of the match was Russell Marriott.
Hemsby are away to Sheringham Reserves on Saturday.