Mousehold win in extra time

Mousehold AFC 4 Sprowston Beehive 2

In the Shoetrade Cup first round, Sprowston Beehive went 1-0 up after just four minutes.

Mousehold were just unable to clear the ball which eventually fell to a Beehive player with a clear sight on goal from within the box, with inevitable consequences.

However, Mousehold were not behind for long. On nine minutes Matt Taylor was through on goal and was brought down just inside the area by three Sprowston players. A penalty was awarded and Dwayne Batley put it cleanly away.

That seemed to pick up Mousehold's spirits, which had been flagging, their performance particularly poor. But from that point on they started playing better, putting together structured attacks on the Beehive goal.

Having gone into the break 1-1, Mousehold wasted no time with Dwayne Batley's tap into the goal from no distance at all less than 60 seconds after kick-off.

There followed several close calls when Beehive could easily have gone two up. One shot came off the crossbar down in front of the goal with all the Beehive players claiming it crossed the line. Another shot bounded off a post. Mousehold held on.

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Sam Jenkins had his own share of close calls, missing from only yards out, something of a theme for Sam this game, with one in the first half and several more in the second. However, Mousehold's luck was only going to hold for so long, and their weakness in defence eventually told when, on 66 minutes, Sprowston finally equalised with a clear shot on goal.

Despite extreme efforts from both sides, and Mousehold's tired legs with no substitutes on the bench, full time was reached at 2-2.

On 107 minutes Brett Macey, team captain and right-back, got on the end of the ball and finished with his head to take Mousehold back into the lead.

On 110 minutes Dwayne Batley got his hat-trick going one-on-one with the keeper and placing the ball confidently into the top right corner.

It was a deserving win after a courageous battle on both sides, and Mousehold are through to the next round.

Man of the Match: Matt Taylor for an outstanding performance on his return from injury.

Yelverton Reserves 5 Mousehold Res 0

In a league game Mousehold made a promising start by creating the first chance, however Ben Jacob was unable to complete and the ball was cleared.

Five minutes in Yelverton scored, and within 20 minutes they were 4-0 up. Mousehold continued to create but were unable to finish. About 65 minutes in Andy Brown was sent off, which brought Mousehold down to 10 men.

Five minutes later all the subs were used, and another five minutes later a second player, Matt Brown, was sent off. In-between that Yelverton scored their fifth.

Man of the Match: Chris Daniels.