This game started at a blistering pace, and within a minute Bradenham were a goal up, with McCann out on the left, slipping a neat pass to NICKY HOOK, who had the goal at his mercy. Just 4 mins later some careless home defending allowed the Aylsham right winger time and space to cross accurately for his team-mate to head home. Then on 9 mins Jason Spalding in the home goal made an excellent save from a close range effort to keep the scores level. Ten mins later his brother Tom hit a well struck shot well over the bar, but the same player hit the target just 2 mins later to finish another fine Bradenham move. The home side were now getting on top, with Joel Brien and Tom Spalding having a big influence in midfield. On 23 mins McCann, who was also causing the Aylsham defence lots of problems with his speed and trickery, hit a free kick low and hard, but his effort was well saved by the visiting keeper. Two mins later Hook headed against the bar, and on 35 mins Aylsham put together a promising and skilful move which unfortunately petered out. On 38 mins JOEL BRIEN scored after a neat four man move, and just three mins later NICKY HOOK scored again to give the home side a 4-1 lead. On 44 mins Cross struck a well directed corner on to the head of JAKE WATSON who made no mistake with the finished product. Right on half time the visitors came close to reducing the arrears when a fine shot from the edge of the box hit the bar.
H T 5-1.
Aylsham took the initiative early in the second half without really threatening the home goal, and on 57 mins Bradenham were back in control when JOEL BRIEN scored his second, and Bradenham’s 6th, after more good build-up play by Tom Spalding. Just 4 mins later a great run by McCann and another efficient finish by TOM SPALDING made the scoreline 7-1, but Aylsham had the last word when a promising move was cleverly finished with a lob over home keeper Jason Spalding . Aylsham have been doing well of late, but at times they did look rather bewildered by the quality of Bradenham’s football. However. with a considerable number of league matches still to be played, both these sides will still feel they have an outside chance of promotion.
F T 7-2
Report by Brian Mason
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