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United gunning for title

PUBLISHED: 09:32 10 April 2008 | UPDATED: 10:50 08 July 2010

Watton manager Mike Derbyshire feels his side can take the Anglian Combination Division One title.

He was pleased with his team's performance in beating Wymondham, saying: "That was a good, solid display.

Watton manager Mike Derbyshire feels his side can take the Anglian Combination Division One title.

He was pleased with his team's performance in beating Wymondham, saying: “That was a good, solid display. We've got four games to go and I think we need to win them all to take the title. But I'm confident, if we keep our heads, that we can do exactly that.”

Joint manager Vince Harwood agreed. “When we play like that, there's no reason for us to fear anyone.”

Watton are on the road again on Saturday, when they travel to Aldiss Park to face fifth- placed Dereham Town Reserves. Then, on Tuesday, they're off to Long Stratton for another tricky-looking away fixture.

Another excellent performance from Watton at Wymondham Town, winning 3-0, sees them closing in on the top of the Division One table.

United are now perfectly placed on the shoulder of the leading two sides, Loddon and Holt. And whilst Watton have a game in hand on Holt, Loddon have to come to Dereham Road on April 19. So a famous double is still well and truly on.

United began strongly at Wymondham but struggled to convert their early dominance into clear-cut opportunities. The home side were well organised and put up stubborn resistance. That resistance was eventually broken when United won a free-kick just inside their own half.

Leggett spotted Nichols' run into the opposition penalty area and played him in with a superb 40-yard ball. Nichols controlled well and then forced his way past two Town defenders and the keeper before slotting home.

Watton went further in front eight minutes later. Broomfield latched onto another fine pass down the centre but delayed his shot from the edge of the box, allowing a Wymondham defender time to make an excellent challenge.

Nevertheless, Broomfield got back to his feet and managed to work the ball clear for Nichols, who drilled a great shot underneath the advancing keeper for his and United's second.

With only four minutes to go to the interval, Watton effectively killed the game off with a third. Following a corner Bloomfield fired in something of a mis-cued volley from 14 yards which crossed the goal line before bouncing clear. The linesman confirmed the goal and United found themselves 3-0 up at the break.

In the second half although Watton found it difficult to keep up the momentum, they still looked the more likely to score. Broomfield, Callagham and Woods all had chances.

MoM: Harrison. Particular mention should also be made of Gareth Leggett, who kept the dangerous Hardy quiet all afternoon.

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