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Watton up for cup

PUBLISHED: 15:06 19 March 2008 | UPDATED: 15:53 02 June 2010

WATTON United face Premier Division Hempnall in the Senior League KO Cup final at Wroxham FC on Monday, kick-off 7.15pm.

It is the club's first Senior Cup final for 22 years, when Watton beat Beccles in 1986.

WATTON United face Premier Division Hempnall in the Senior League KO Cup final at Wroxham FC on Monday, kick-off 7.15pm.

It is the club's first Senior Cup final for 22 years, when Watton beat Beccles in 1986.

On Saturday, Watton visit Long Stratton.

Stalham were the visitors to Dereham Road on Saturday and, for the third week in a row Division One title-chasing Watton stuttered, drawing 1-1.

At least they came away from the game with something - but it was scant reward for their dominance.

With two of United's three title-rivals losing, this draw might prove precious but Watton know they should have had three points.

MoM Kevin Bloomfield, returning from injury, flicked the ball on for Broomfield but he volleyed wide. Harrison, Bloomfield and Broomfield again, all went close. But a combination of lacklustre finishing and some fine goalkeeping kept it scoreless.

With the interval approaching, Callaghan picked up the ball on the edge of the Stalham box after it was cleared from one of Watton's numerous corners. The young right wing-back crashed home a superb shot from 23 yards.

Bloomfield had another chance just before the break but his far-post header dropped the wrong side of the woodwork.

At half-time, Watton managers, Derbyshire and Harwood, instructed the players to begin the second half as they had ended the first, keeping the tempo high.

United were quickly on top but remained profligate in front of goal. Two or three chances had gone begging before, with one of their best moves of the match and their only really meaningful attack of the game, Stalham levelled.

They strung together some nice passes down the right-hand side and when the ball was lifted over Watton's back line, the visitors number 10 picked it up and raced clear and dispatched a good equaliser.

Then Watton seemed to lose their way. They still had all of the possession but some of their passing, especially in the final third, was atrocious.

Even so, they managed to create several more goal-scoring opportunities. But on one occasion, Lomas contrived to hit the bar from no more than four yards out and Bloomfield drove a volley wide.

Paul Woods struck a solid shot through a crowd of players from the edge of the Stalham penalty area. But the visitors' keeper, who had an excellent game, made a tricky save.

And Watton can be grateful to goalkeeper, Matt Webster, for preserving a point with a good block after they were caught on the break in stoppage time.

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