Ross Durrant spares the Wroxham blushes in Norfolk Senior Cup
Wroxham boss David Batch was pleased at the patience his side showed in edging past a plucky Dersingham Rovers in the fourth round of the Norfolk Senior Cup.
An upset looked to be on the cards when the Anglian Combination Premier Division outfit equalised early in the second half courtesy of a Matt Halliday own goal after Josh Harrop had put the Yachtsmen ahead from the spot in the first half.
But Ross Durrant ensured Wroxham's interest in the Senior Cup stayed alive with a cool finish 10 minutes from time and Batch hailed his side for the composure they showed.
'In fairness we just kept patient,' he said.
'Every shot we were hitting seemed to be getting a block on the line and then they go and score when they've barely had a shot. It would have been easy for the lads to panic.
'I did start to wonder whether it was going to be one of those days. I did start to think that they could win this with one shot.' Wroxham should have won by a far greater margin in truth but that should take nothing away from Dersingham's efforts. They even had a chance to hit the front after pulling it back to 1-1 when Trevor Daniels went through on goal but Michael Hilton produced an excellent save with his feet.
Batch was impressed by the visitors but said: 'I think 2-1 is a little bit flattering – their goal was an own goal so the scoreline is probably a bit flattering on them in reality. They ran around and worked hard – I think the surface didn't help us in the final third. We got in good positions in the final third and because of the surface we couldn't get that final pass.' Match-winner Durrant was a constant threat to the Dersingham back-line, often wandering off the wing to cause confusion in the heart of their defence. Nice interplay with Harrop carved out a chance for the midfielder which he gobbled up with ease to break Dersingham's hearts.
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'It was a good finish and a really good bit of play on a tricky surface,' added Batch. 'We just said at half-time that we needed to have a bit more quality around their box and that was exactly what happened there.'
Wroxham's priorities are in the Ryman League Division One North but the Senior Cup could be a nice distraction.
Dersingham boss Robbie Blake said: 'It was a monumental effort from my players – I'm really proud of them. It just shows the level of performance they are capable of.'