These two senior sides, despite their close proximity geographically, rarely meet in competition, so this was a good chance to challenge each other for a place in the Mummery Cup Quarter Finals. Bradenham opened with several enterprising moves, but without really testing keeper Milne. Then on 7 mins Watts-Sturrock broke clear on the hosts’ right only to shoot wide when well placed. On 13 mins a scramble in the visitors’ goalmouth ended with keeper Scott clearing for a corner, and 3 mins later the Bradenham custodian was again on hand when Hall was through on goal. Play switched to the other end, where Spalding and Hunt, in separate moves, were not quite able to make final contact. Then on 24 mins a classy move on the Bradenham left ended with KARL BUSH placing the ball over Milne and inside the far post to give the visitors a deserved lead. Then on 33 mins Mattishall nearly went two down when Milne collided with one of his defenders but no-one was on hand to place the ball home. The hosts were still having their share of play and came close to equalising when Gilder headed just wide from a free kick. Forder had a half chance for Bradenham when he had good possession on the left and tried to place the ball over the keeper, but it ended up just wide of the far post. Mattishall finished the half off strongly when Moran headed over from a corner and Hall shot wide as the half time whistle blew.

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On 48 mins Cole came close to putting his side back in the game when his fine shot struck a post, then just 3 mins later Hall shot wide when well placed. Then Cole cleverly beat Goodge, who was having a fine game in the Bradenham back line, but again his shot was off target. The home side forced ¬†another corner on the left, but this time Palmer shot well over. The home No 11, B McCann, was causing Bradenham some real problems with his darting runs down the left, but his efforts could not be converted to goals. On 76 mins Forder broke clear on the left, but his sharp shot was well saved. Both sides created half chances, but just when it looked like Bradenham’s first half goal would settle the match, on 89 mins a slick move by the visitors ended with TOM SPALDING putting the result beyond doubt with an excellent finish. Bradenham will no doubt be delighted with this fine win against higher league opposition and every player in their side can be proud of his performance. Mattishall certainly shouldn’t be too disappointed in playing their part in a very entertaining and competitive match.

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Match Report by Brian Mason