Loddon in seventh heaven by the seaside
- Credit: Archant
Loddon produced a delightful display of quality football on a windy afternoon by the sea as they won 7-0 at Caister Reserves in Anglian Combination Division Two.
Returning skipper Gorbould opened the scoring inside two minutes with a header from Frost's cross.
On 10 minutes Gorbould should have added a second with an easy header going just wide. Loddon used Frost and Child on the wings to good effect with Rose and Knights linking well. Frost was gifted a poor clearance after 25 minutes - he carried the ball past two defenders and slotted home to double the score.
Mirner slid in to reach an Andersen cross but the keeper blocked. Mirner then found the side netting after Rose had an effort saved but after an extended period of pressure Frost pinched possession and finished in similar fashion for number three. Rose controlled a Frost cross to set up Knights but he fired over and Loddon finished the half with a comfortable lead which could easily have been a few more.
Straight from the restart, Rose spread the ball wide to Child and his perfect cross along the ground found Frost steaming in at the far post for a tap in to complete his hat-trick.
With the wind now against them Loddon were forced to keep the ball down. They produced some lovely moves and Mirner was unlucky with two chances. Beckett replaced Gorbould and soon after 16-year-old debutant Aaron Bullen came on for Child. On the hour, Mirner got past his defender and squared to Rose who slotted home.
Gidney, complete with three T-shirts and gloves, soon replaced Summons and Loddon continued with tidy football and to create chances but to be fair to Caister they never gave up and still gave Loddon the odd scare without testing Chris Andersen.
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Neat interplay with Rose saw Frost off target from eight yards. Bullen seemed to be enjoying his experience and good play by him almost put Rose in before Gidney sliced a volley wide. Bullen turned and shot forcing a good save from the home keeper but soon after, received from Gidney, chipped into the six-yard box for Rose to complete his double with a rare header.
In the last minute Mirner finally got his bit of luck when Child, now back on, slid the ball through and Mirner stretched well to poke the ball past the keeper.
Obvious candidate would be three-goal Frost but it was Rose that really caught the eye with his clever non-stop movement, unselfish support play and two goals, so he gets the Musker McIntyre MoM.
Loddon United: Andersen C, Weston, Gorbould, Hancock, Andersen R, Child, Summons G, Knights, Frost, Rose, Mirner D. Subs: Beckett, Gidney, Bullen A.