Anglian Combination, Division One
North Walsham Town 3 Loddon United 1 (att 52)
North Norfolk is a long way to go for a midweek match, but my efforts were well rewarded, with a good game at a decent ground.
North Walsham Town are one of a handful of Anglian Combination clubs with floodlights, and so usually host a handful of night matches each season.
Their Greens Road ground is well-equipped, it's fully enclosed and boasts a clubhouse, railed-off pitch and three separate covered standing areas for spectators (four if you include the redundant former dugouts). Admission was a bargain at just £2, and included a free 20-page programme.
The home side had to come from behind to win this, overturning a first half deficit. Loddon's half time lead was wiped out soon into the second half, and not long later the tide turned comprehensively against the visitors.
The key moment, in the 55th minute, was a controversial second goal for North Walsham. The referee decided the ball had crossed the goal line, in the face of Loddon protests. The visitors' keeper protested too much, and was red carded.
With 10 men, a stand-in keeper and trailing 2-1, there was no way back for Loddon. To be fair to the outfield player who took over between the posts, he couldn't be faulted for North Walsham's third, gifted after a defensive howler 15 minutes from the end.