Sprowston Vs Wroxham –
The John Savage Cup Final 2021, in association with Veo
FDC Field of Dreams, 09.06.21, KO 7:45pm
Final Score: Sprowston 0 – 4 Wroxham
In the opening passage
of play, resulting in a Wroxham corner, there was a lengthy stoppage due to
injury for Riley Wilson-Towns who was replaced by Connor Dyke.
From the resulting
corner, Sprowston could only clear the ball to the edge of their penalty area
where Wroxham’s Danno White was waiting to hammer the ball through a group of
bodies and into the bottom left corner, giving his side the lead after four
Moments later Alex
Balding had a huge chance to double his side’s lead when he latched onto a through
ball. However, Balding could only blaze his shot wide after a skilful Cruyff turn
to send the defender the wrong way.
The Blues got a second as
Nel Lemos converted from 12 yards into the bottom right corner after he had
been brought down in the penalty area.
The Yachtsmen got their
third just after 20 minutes when a well-worked one-two allowed Luke Newman to
shoot from 20 yards out. His venomous strike could only be parried back into
the danger area by Sam Wharton allowing Daniel Miller to slot home the rebound.
Despite the scoreline
the Sprowston frontmen, Ruben Gomes and Owen Lane, were causing problems with
their energy and pace. However, George Howes in the Wroxham goal was still yet
to be called into action.
As the end of the first
half approached Wharton’s goal was again threatened with shots from distance. No
more goals meant that Wroxham took their 3-0 advantage into the break as
Referee, Harley Golder blew his whistle at the end of the 40 minutes.
Half time – Sprowston
0 – 3 Wroxham
Sprowston started the second
half the brighter of the two sides, causing Howes to have more touches of the
ball than he did in the entirety of the first period.
After a period of
sustained possession around the Sprowston area Lemos found himself in space at
the corner of the six yard box. His effort was greeted by a magnificent save
from Wharton, diving at full stretch across his goal.
Less than a minute later,
Lemos made no mistake from a similar position after running onto a perfectly
weighted through ball from substitute Sammy Imessaoudene. His powerful strike across
the goal left Wharton no chance this time.
Howes, in the Wroxham
goal, made his first real save of the match around the hour mark and it was well
worth the wait. It was an incredible one-handed reaction save that he touched
onto the crossbar from a short-range Connor Dyke strike.
After picking the ball
up in his own half, Lawrie Babington, glided past three Sprowston defenders at
speed before reaching the byline and cutting the ball back to Newman. Newman’s shot
cannoned against the crossbar and the rebound went further than the initial
shot back over his head.
More great saves from
Wharton and last-ditch blocks from Sprowston defenders meant that the game
finished 4-0 to Wroxham. This is the Yachtsmen’s first victory in a youth County
Final Score: Sprowston
0 – 4 Wroxham
Sprowston: Sam Wharton, Riley Wilson-Towns, Danny Gonzalez,
Charlie Clarke, Freddie Collings, Kai Thurston, Grant Barron, Alfie Mann (C),
Ruben Gomes, Reuben Hazelby, Owen Lane
Subs: Dylan Lowe, Connor Dyke, Joe Pinches, Thomas
Wroxham: George Howes, Daniel Miller (C), Ben Hollis, Sam
Gowing, Danno White, Shadrak Mushengezi, Luke Newman, Alex Balding, Nel Lemos,
Lawrie Babington, Harry Secker
Subs: Finan Shaughnessy, Noah Marron, Sammy Imessaoudene,
Referee: Harley Golder
Assistants: Auberon Limmer and James Sneddon
Fourth Official: Matt Steward
Player of the Match: Lawrie Babington