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Hempnall First Team v Waveney Res

Trevor Shurmer (Club Secretary)
Report By Trevor Shurmer (Club Secretary)

Saturday, 11th November 2023, 2PM, at Hempnall #1

Home Match, Fosters Solicitors Anglian Combination Division 3 - 2023 - 2024

Win, 2 - 1

Hempnall welcomed mid table Waveney Res to Bungay Road.

After an improved performance the week before, they were confident of a decent result today.

From the off we thought this would be a tight game, both teams started brightly, and we were treated to an open, end to end start, both teams having a few chances, Hempnall had the better chances but Waveney looked dangerous in the midfield play.

All in all, the thought of a close match was being confirmed.

A close range shot from Cattermole was beaten out and  flashed across the goal, but soon after, Hempnall's first goal came from a fine finish from Rhys May after his first shot was beaten out. 


The game continued to flow end to end, Hempnall were put under pressure and Swatman had to make a fine reaction save to keep Hempnall in the lead.

Waveney continued to press for a while, and a corner was well defended, allowing another break, Harrison played May in who won the one to one to score his, and Hempnall’s, second.


Hempnall could have gone three up but for a decent save by the Waveney keeper from May..


Another half chance saw Cullum head over, then the Hermpnall number 7 again shot from close range but somehow the ball stayed out through last ditch defending.


Hempnall went into the break 2-0 up, but we would have felt more secure if one of the late chances had gone in.


The second half continued much as the first half, end to end with defences managing to hold out, the midfields working very hard.


Billy Kelly had Hempnall’s best chance in the early stages, his shot sailed past the post.


Waveney started pressing more, and a couple of half chances resisted by good Hempnall defending were equalled the other end with Hempnall going close.


We came to the last few minutes still not feeling totally secure though looking fairly comfortable, but in  added time, Waveney finally breached the defence for a well earned goal. 


Hempnall saw out the last couple of minutes for a 2-1 victory.


This was a very enjoyable game between to evenly matched sides, the improving Hempnall shaded it.


MOM is difficult to pick this week, everybody put in a shift, the midfield gave probably their best overall performance of the season, the defence was strong and a couple of good goals sealed the deal.

This was a proper team performance, though Manager’s MOM is Harison Cattermole.


A word for the referee today, Mr. Gasson-Cox – superb…….