After last week’s fantastic 4-2 win for the Anglian Knights, the team were confident they could turn over Frettenham in the penultimate game of the season. There were only 3 changes to the team for this game; Ellis Watts came in at right back, Lee Kiddell earned a start up front and Josh Taubman started right wing.
The game had a scrappy start, but a few chances were created. Dwayne Powley had one of the first shots of the game, but it flew past the post, before Frettenham were given a chance to take the lead. Mark Cook flung out a leg defending in the penalty area and took out the Frettenham player. The referee pointed to the spot, but the striker smashed his shot well over the bar.
This was enough incentive for the Knights to pick up their game and steal the lead, which was done well by super striker, Jack Hurrell. A great through ball picked out the speedy forward, who did brilliantly to beat the defenders to the ball and lob the keeper from range. 1-0
Frettenham piled on the pressure after conceding, earning numerous corners, but the team sponsored by Anglian Home Improvements, defended resiliently and goalkeeper Reece Harrison owned his area. He made a particularly good recovery after he was rounded by a Frettenham player, getting back in position and grabbing the ball from the striker’s feet.
1-0 was the half-time score and manager Jim Newman and assistant Louie Watts made two changes; Newman was swapped with Kiddell upfront and Dwayne Powley was replaced by Tom Betts. The game was now in the hands of the Knights and it was theirs to lose.
The second half couldn’t have started better for the Knights as they widened the gap through Matt Jillings. After some good possession play by the Anglian Knights down the right flank, the ball was poorly cleared and fell straight to Jillings who turned a defender before slotting the ball into the bottom left corner of the goal. 2-0
Frettenham pulled a goal back through controversial circumstances not long after going 2-0 down. The ball was flicked through to a striker who was deemed to be in an offside position by the linesman, but the ref over-ruled the decision and Frettenham scored. 2-1
However, the ref seemed to even up the odd decision he had just given by over-ruling the linesman at the other end as Jack Hurrell was put through on goal; he confidently rounded the keeper and ran the ball into the net. 3-1
The game began to get scrappy as Frettenham became more frustrated and agitated with refereeing decisions and their goal deficit. They did manage to bag another goal after a spate of corners. The ball was not cleared properly by Anglian and the ball eventually ended up in the net. 3-2
Jack Hurrell was not finished scoring though and he managed to grab his second hat-trick in 2 weeks, scoring another lob! The ball was chipped ahead of Hurrell who met the ball mid-air to nod it over the keeper, sealing the 3 points for the Knights.
Frettenham were given a penalty in the last seconds of the game, although nobody is sure what for? Either way, this time the striker stepped up to tuck the ball round Harrison, but that was the final kick of the ball.
Anglian put on a superb performance to earn another 3 points against opposition that have beaten them twice this season already. There is no man of the match this week as it is hard to single out 3 players in a game where everybody played so well. Next week is the last game of the season against Tigers FC, so if you are in Norwich at 2pm, come to the Anglian Windows social club and support the team in their final game.