Bloomfield’s solo effort keeps Watton United’s promotion hopes alive

Action from Watton United's 4-1 win at St Andrews Reserves.

Action from Watton United's 4-1 win at St Andrews Reserves. - Credit: Submitted

Watton United secured another three points on Saturday towards their promotion push from Anglian Combination Division Four with a 4-1 victory against St Andrews Reserves.

Watton seemed a little disorganised from the kick-off with the visitors having more of the early possession.

However, St Andrews were not able to capitalize and soon found themselves 1-0 down when top scorer Xavier Huckle cheekily chipped the keeper to give Watton a 1-0 advantage.

After a promising start, the visitors' spirits were dampened further when Watton extended their goal count. Skipper Huckle fired past a helpless keeper after a precise pass from team-mate Kevin Bloomfield, taking his goal count in all competitions this season to an impressive 30.

Watton started to dominate their opponents and had chances to extend their lead before conceding a goal 10 minutes before half-time taking the score to 2-1 at the break.

Watton returned for the second half determined to extend their slender 2-1 lead. After only 10 minutes of the restart, Watton were awarded a free kick after a foul on skipper Huckle. Michael Callaghan's exquisite spot kick found the back of the net giving Watton a 3-1 lead.

St Andrews were limited to very few chances in the second half with Watton defending well and showing great determination in extending their lead.

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With only 10 minutes until the full time whistle, man of the match Bloomfield scored Watton's fourth and final goal with a brilliant display of innovative football. Bloomfield skipped through the visiting defence to fire left footed past the St Andrews keeper.

Watton will be travelling to Sheringham Reserves on Saturday, kick-off 2pm.