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Ards miss out on making it three in a row

AWAY WIN: Tom Driscoll (right) in action for Hadleigh
AWAY WIN: Tom Driscoll (right) in action for Hadleigh



Cornard United 0

Debenham LC 1

by Ken Watkins

at Blackhouse Lane

A swift counter-attack, ten minutes from time, saw Debenham LC steal a victory their performance did not really merit, and left Cornard United wondering what might have been with a little more sharpness up front.

Assistant manager Jack Wignall, in charge of Cornard in the absence of Chris Tracey, said it was an all too familiar story. “We played some excellent football at times, but we lost. We just don’t win ugly,” he said.

“We’ve genuinely been the better side in a number of our games. Unfortunately you get days like today where we slip up a bit.

“Between winning something and not, it’s turning average performances like today into wins.”

The Ards had won their previous two games but missed out on making it three victories on the spin.

“Unfortunately we haven’t been able to win three games in a row for a long time,” Wignall said.

“Winning becomes a habit, but we haven’t got that mentality yet.

“Debenham dictated the speed of the game, and slowed it down. But people come to us now and see us as a good side, so they are stepping up against us and want to beat us.

“It’s a compliment to the development and progression here, but it doesn’t help the points tally.”

Shaun Thorrold had the ball in the net for Debenham in the 44th minute, following a corner, but the effort was ruled out for offside.

In the second half it was still Cornard who did the bulk of the attacking, with Moses Carvalho and Ezra Drann testing Steve Fenner.

The goalkeeper produced a splendid save in the 70th minute, turning a fierce shot from Drann over the bar, and from the corner Dan Brown headed inches over.

Debenham countered, Joe Paton firing wide when unmarked. It was a warning which Cornard failed to heed.

And in the 80th minute a ball over the top from defence saw the home side caught out.

Goalkeeper Daniel Joyce raced out of his area, but was beaten to the ball by the unmarked Paris Tuwizana, who rolled it in to the empty net with his second touch.

Cornard (15th) travel to Downham Town (10th) on Saturday (3pm).

n Elsewhere in the First Division, a depleted Halstead Town side came from behind three times to draw 3-3 with Downham Town at the weekend.

Goals from Lewis Cunliffe and Aaron Donaldson helped the Humbugs to level at 1-1 and 2-2, before substitute Marley Okosi scored in the last minute to earn them a share of the spoils.

Mark McLean’s side (5th) visit Diss Town (9th) this Saturday (3pm).

n In the Premier Division, Hadleigh United stretched their unbeaten run to five matches with a narrow 2-1 win at Ely City on Saturday.

After Daniel Jeffrey put hosts Ely in front in the fifth minute, Tom Driscoll equalised five minutes later, before Michael Barwick fired home the winner for the Brettsiders after 30 minutes.

Hadleigh boss Stuart Alston commented: “There was some excellent, flowing football played by Hadleigh.”

Hadleigh (18th), who have welcomed back teenage striker Aaron Bull from Felixstowe & Walton United, host Brantham Athletic (11th) on Saturday (3pm).

n Elsewhere, Long Melford slipped to a 3-0 defeat away at title hopefuls Gorleston at the weekend.

The Villagers (17th) entertain Walsham-le-Willows this Saturday (3pm), before visiting Godmanchester Rovers on Wednesday (7.45pm).

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