Brantham come out on top in see-saw encounter at Walsham-le-Willows

Brantham celebrate the opening goal in the first half at Walsham.
Picture: ANDY ABBOTT

Brantham celebrate the opening goal in the first half at Walsham. Picture: ANDY ABBOTT - Credit: Archant

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Brantham's Sam Newson, left and Walsham defender Lee Warren in action at Summer Road
Picture: ANDY

Brantham's Sam Newson, left and Walsham defender Lee Warren in action at Summer Road Picture: ANDY ABBOTT - Credit: Archant

Sam Newson’s second goal of the game a minute from the end of normal time proved decisive in a see-saw last 15 minutes of the game as Brantham made it four wins on the trot.

The home side battled hard throughout and when a sensational strike from Sam Peters put them 2-1 up with 10 minutes to go it seemed that the visitors’ recent run would come to an end but the resilient Blue Imps had other ideas.

Walsham, fresh from giving league leaders Felixstowe a good game on Wednesday night, had the first chance of the game when Reece Clarke’s cross came back off the bar and the follow-up from Ryan Clark was smothered by Brantham keeper Callum Robinson.

Back came the visitors and Sam Newson’s goalbound effort was deflected over by Walsham’s impressive centre-back Tom Debenham.

Walsham's Ryan Clarke gets past Jack Sibbons of Brantham

Walsham's Ryan Clarke gets past Jack Sibbons of Brantham - Credit: Archant


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Brantham then thought that they had taken the lead as Craig Hughes’ free-kick from near the touchline went straight in but an offside flag ruled the goal out. As the half progressed Brantham gained the ascendancy and Michael Brothers drove two efforts narrowly wide before the same player forced Barry Lynn into a sprawling stop.

It was no surprise when the visitors took the lead on the stroke of half-time as Sam Newson converted Hughes’ corner at the back post.

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Walsham improved after the break and Jack Brame put two headers wide.

The game came to life on 76 minutes as Joe Boulter’s low drive struck the post and when Robinson somehow kept out Ryan Clark’s follow-up Ryan Twinn, who had just replaced skipper Craig Nurse, followed up to equalize.

Ben Newson almost restored his side’s advantage immediately but Lynn denied him and Sean Bartlett fired the loose ball over. Walsham then went up the other end and took the lead when Peters hit a swerving 30 yarder which smashed into the top corner ‘

Brantham refused to lie down and another substitute Adam Bloss headed home a Hughes corner at the near post on 83 minutes. Then Brothers sent over an inch-perfect swerving cross into the path of Sam Newson who expertly guided home the winner with his 13th goal of the season

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