Stalham grateful for point
Stalham 1, Wymondham 1STALHAM drew at Rivers Park against Wymondham Town. Manager Carl Nicholls said: “I thought we were far from our best today and were fortunate to get a point, but I'll take that.
Stalham 1, Wymondham 1
STALHAM drew at Rivers Park against Wymondham Town.
Manager Carl Nicholls said: “I thought we were far from our best today and were fortunate to get a point, but I'll take that.
“We are unbeaten now in six if you take out the Norfolk Senior Cup at Fakenham last week and I thought young Tidell was our best player today, and our young Scottish striker was very unlucky not to grab a cheeky winner near the end.”
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Stalham were without a recognised striker with the management forced to disrupt the heart of the team, breaking up their talented centre-midfield partnership of Jamie Clarke and Shane Kay, the latter being forced to play up front with Justin Haines.
Stalham welcomed back Paul Harris at the back who was replacing the absent Matty Haystead.
Stalham made the worst start to a match this season and found themselves one down from a corner.
The Reds were then two down within 10 minutes of the first going in.
Stalham kept battling away despite their below-par performance and managed to pull one back through Danny Osbourne after a great delivery from Haines found the head of the big defender.
Stalham's shape was poor throughout the half, although they defended well they went three down when a Sprowston player, who was arguably offside, ran into the box before the ball broke to his team-mate who was then adjudged to have been brought down in the box by Nick Grapes. The home side converted the penalty to make it 3-1.
At the break the management team had a constructive chat and got a positive response as in the second half Stalham had the upper hand, though Sprowston did create maybe the better chances.
Shane Kay was working himself into the ground up front and Jamie Clarke and James Gooch worked hard too. Stalham's captain David Cole led by example and Paul Harris and Danny Osbourne were excellent as the centre halves.
Despite their position Stalham were unable to get that third goal.
Manager Gary Holmes said: “We deserved a point today, we had to shuffle the pack again and were desperately looking for a striker, and that told today.”
He added that this will be priority in the coming weeks. Life-long club supporter Foram Butcher said: “The boys were unlucky today but I think Sprowston will be up there with best of them at the end of the season.”