Brame brace secures Walsham-le-Willows derby delight

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Diss Town 0 Walsham-le-Willows 2

by Zach Ward at Brewers Green Lane

WALSHAM-LE-WILLOWS’ Jack Brame has thrown a spanner in the works of Paul Smith’s team selection for tomorrow after he scored twice in Tuesday’s away victory over Diss Town.

Brame was due to start on the bench for the Willows in the A143 derby, but after Ollie Hughes was caught in traffic, the youngster was drafted in and took his chance brilliantly with a goal in each half.

Smith, who saw his side record their first victory in four league games, said: “Jack was going to be on the bench but Ollie got caught in a traffic jam so we just swapped them around.

“Obviously Jack has come out and put in a performance in like that and has given me a headache for Saturday.

“The derby games are always the exciting ones as a player and as a manager, and its always nice to win those ones because they are on your doorstep, so a lot of local interest.”

The Summer Road-based outfit face a tough test tomorrow when they host sixth-placed Norwich United (3pm), but Smith insists his side fear no-one.

“We’ve been to Wisbech and given them a run for their money, and we are not afraid of anyone,” he said.

“We are on a bit of a high, we have started off the season reasonably well, so we will go into that one with a lot of confidence.”

Diss started brightly with Adam Burroughs tamely heading the first effort on target in the second minute, before Jordan Rocastle cut in from the left to curl an effort wide.

Walsham’s Will Brown blazed over in the box and Joel Brien and Rocastle forced saves from visiting goalkeeper Duncan McAnally, but it was Brame who opened the scoring midway through the first half.

Tatham did well down the left to pick out an onrushing Tom Agricole on the edge of the box, his effort being parried by Matthew Webster, with Brame on hand to tap the ball home.

The goal gave the Willows confidence, with Tatham heading wide and then clipping the ball narrowly past the post after Ryan Foster’s throughball.

The away side started the second half on top, and were only denied a second when Shadrack blocked Will Brown’s goalbound effort after the striker had rounded Webster.

However, Brame grabbed his second seven minutes after the restart when he poached the ball from the Diss defence and fired in a powerful effort from 20 yards.

Hughes blazed over late on as the visitors continued to pressure, although Tangerines substitute Cole fired wide and Burroughs shot well over.

Brame had a chance to clinch his hat-trick in the final minute after Hughes picked him out, but he was denied by Webster.

Walsham: McAnally, Morton (Smith 83), Cusack, Johnson, Newman, Robinson (Thorrold 63), Brame, Foster, Brown (Hughes 69), Tatham, Agricole

n Elsewhere in the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division, Thetford Town will be looking for their second successive win when they host Ely City tomorrow (3pm).

Meanwhile, Team Bury will be hoping to end a run of five straight defeats in all competitions with a trip to Stowmarket Town tomorrow (3pm) in the first round of the Suffolk Senior cup, before hosting Braintree Town Reserves in the First Divison on Tuesday (7.45).

The Blues lost 4-1 on Saturday away at Whitton United in the league, while Stowmarket’s 2-0 loss on their travels to Fakenham in the First Division at the weekend extended their losing league run to seven matches.