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Peckers v Mulbarton report 16/09

By Rob Binns

The Peckers fell to a narrow defeat to Mulbarton Wanderers courtesy of Owen Lane’s stoppage-time winner.

Peter Lambert opened the scoring for the Norfolk side and resilient defending kept the deficit to one going into the break.

A revitalised Peckers equalised straight after the interval through Ryan Keeble and enjoyed the best of the second half before suffering late heartbreak.

Mulbarton had a chance to go in front after 25 minutes when Lambert was slotted through by Sammy Imessaoudene but the forward was denied by an outstanding low save from Alfie Strong.

The visitors broke through again shortly after when Tom Hunter rolled through Lambert who saw his initial effort brilliantly saved by Strong before Dan Leggett cleared the rebound off the line but at the third attempt, they did open the scoring as Lambert fired home.

The Peckers went close on a couple of occasions late in the half. Both of which came from the left boot of Mark Ray from outside of the box but his efforts were narrowly wide of the mark.

Woodbridge came out inspired in the second and equalised inside a minute as Ray found Keeble who drilled the ball into the bottom left corner

Evan Bolt almost put Woodbridge in front just after the hour mark with a well-struck free-kick towards the bottom corner but Tom Wright got down to it

The Peckers went within inches of going in front after 75 minutes when Keeble crossed for Connor Field but it was just out of reach allowing Wright to get hold of the ball.

An impressive second-half performance from Woodbridge ended in heartbreak as Lane broke in behind, cut inside and fired into the far corner to take the points back to Norfolk.

There was still time for an equaliser chance for Field who fired towards goal only to be denied by a fingertip save.

Woodbridge Town: Strong, Rea, Leggett, Southgate, Panich (Allen 45), Barber, Keeble, Wiggins (Field 60), Ray (Jarrett 82), Bolt, Crowe (Schaar 70). Unused: Ivatt

Mulbarton Wanderers: Wright, Smith, Hunter, Page, Wenn, Easton, Lane, Jones, Lambert (Thompson 65), Imessaoudene (Pond 82), Forshaw (Baird 75). Unused: Hunt, Self.

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