League leaders Heacham out to maintain 100 per cent start
Heacham will be looking to continue their 100 per cent start to the new season when they welcome Long Stratton to Station Road tomorrow.
The Magpies have won their opening four games in the Anglian Combination as well as progressing past the first hurdle in the Mummery Cup.
Looking ahead to the game, manager David Griggs said: “Long Stratton have had a fairly good start and they’re expected to be in and around the top eight this season.
“We’ve had a lot of home games to start the season and tomorrow’s game and the one against Mattishall will be tough but I’d rather have the points on the board.”
Heacham 6 Gorleston Reserves 0
Ben Coe rolled back the years with a hat-trick as Heacham defeated Gorleston Reserves in the Mummery Cup.
Coe, playing up top in the absence of Jack Defty, was excellent for the hosts who also netted through John Flanagan (2) and Adam Reeve.
Nathan Davies set up two of the Heacham goals, but it was the display of Coe that had everyone talking.
Manager Griggs said: “You can tell that Ben has played up front before as he has just adapted to it so well the last couple of games.
“He’s a real handful and perhaps a little bit more mobile than Jack but he also helps the other two lads alongside him.
“His header for his last goal was incredible as he was going the wrong way at the time. It was a fine finish following an excellent cross from Nathan.
“Gorleston Reserves are from the league below and no disrespect to them that’s the kind of score we should be beating them by.”
Man-of-the-match, sponsored by GPL Construction, was Ben Coe while thanks also goes to matchball sponsor Rikky Toll.
Heacham 4 Caister 2
“The show must go on,” was the verdict of Heacham assistant boss Ross McNeil after seeing his side wrack up their fourth straight win in the Anglian Combination Premier Division.
Goals from Ben Coe, Nathan Daw, Nathan Davies and Connor Young saw off an excellent Caister side who were a tough nut to crack at Station Road.
Heacham went into the game without the spine of their team with Sam Pishorn, Ed Tann, Matt Goss and Jack Defty all missing from the home starting line-up.
But it gave other players a chance to shine and McNeil said: “It doesn’t matter who’s missing, the show goes on for us this season and it shows the strength of our squad.
“The lads who came in were absolutely brilliant and we’ve got a real squad at the club now.
“At 2-2 it was a real test of character and it could have gone either way but George Rawlings came on and turned the game for me while Callum Howe, 16, also did really well when called upon.
“We’ve made a solid start to the season, but nobody is getting carried away and our aim is to carry on
The Magpies were forced to come from a goal behind for the first time this
A stunning free-kick from Nathan Daw cancelled out Caister’s early goal before Ben Coe headed Heacham in front from a Daw centre.
Caister made the scores all-square, but Heacham dug in and deservedly went on to collect all three points thanks to a Nathan Davies penalty and an excellent finish from Connor Young.
Man-of-the-match, sponsored by vice-president Mark Weston, was John Flanagan while thanks goes to matchball sponsor Easy Bathrooms.