Video & Gallery: Littleport Town go top of the league
PUBLISHED: 13:41 09 March 2009 | UPDATED: 10:46 04 May 2010
LITTLEPORT Town swept to the top of the Kershaw Premier League after clinical finishing saw them cruise to a 3-1 win at home to Over Sports. A brace from Rob Foreman, scored either side of a virtuoso effort from Richie Murfitt, secured the points and a sa
LITTLEPORT Town swept to the top of the Kershaw Premier League after clinical finishing saw them cruise to a 3-1 win at home to Over Sports.
A brace from Rob Foreman, scored either side of a virtuoso effort from Richie Murfitt, secured the points and a satisfying revenge for Port who go one point clear at the top of the league.
Speaking after the game, boss Dave Cullum, said: "It's getting really tight at the top of the league now so it was really important to pick up this win.
"Over are a strong team and they made it hard for us to play our football but we put some extra height upfront today to help battle with their defence and I think it helped our play."
Port came into the game unable to afford a setback and intent on retribution after losing 2-1 at Over just seven days earlier.
The urgency from the home side was evident straight from the off and, keen to set the tone, Dave Cullum Jnr lashed a shot from some 20 yards to test the opposition keeper.
Spurred-on by a prolonged period of possession, Port began to move the ball wide and the pace of wide men Jose Monteiro and Richie Murfitt came to the fore with several decent sightings of the Over goal.
Murfitt in particular was unlucky to see his audacious lob cleared off the line following seamless interplay with Monteiro.
Although Over were initially subdued, they gradually grew into the game and their robust style helped them to challenge effectively in the heart of midfield.
Despite a restrained middle period of the half, Port continued to forge forward and their endeavour was rewarded just after the half-hour mark when Murfitt's effort rebounded off the keeper and into the path of Foreman who gleefully smashed home.
Bouyed by the breakthrough, Port continued to press and they found yet more joy down the flanks as Murfitt danced around several of the Over defence before firing home on the angle to double the lead.
After the half-time interval Over rallied and had several good chances to get a foothold in the game. They were denied by a combination of bad luck and good keeping though, and they emerged from their period of dominance scoreless.
Having ridden the worst of the Over resurgence, Port gathered themselves and secured the points with virtually their first attack of the half as Foreman once again benefitted from a rebound to score his second and Port's third.
With a sizeable lead to exploit, Port switched to a more sedate style and began stroking the ball around in a bid to keep Over from building attacks.
Though largely successful in their attempt to stifle the visitors, Over did manage to net on 75 minutes when a delightfully whipped cross was headed powerfully home to bring a slightly more balanced edge to the scoreline.