Stowupland Falcons

Stowupland Falcons


We welcomed Barham to the nest for our first real 6 pointer of the season. A win for Barham would see us sink away 5 points adrift at the bottom, but a win would see us leapfrog them off the bottom of the table and within touching distance of 2 or 3 sides above that. The players arrived with a good attitude knowing exactly how important the game was and we had a squad of 15 to tackle the task ahead.
Stowupland made a fast start to the game with Chaplin stinging the keepers hands in the opening minutes only for the rebound to fall to Titlow who blazed over from close range. Falcons dominance continued , peppering Barham’s goal at every opportunity. Barham weathered the storm and were lucky not to have conceded on several occasions with the keeper pulling off several good saves combined with some poor finishing from Falcons. The message at half time was going to be simple, be more clinical and we could take all 3 points. But fortunately we managed 2 quickfire goals in the remaining minutes of the first half, first through Titlow making amends for his earlier missed opportunity and secondly through Burch. A good reward to both players who had worked tirelessly throughout the first half. The message at half time was that we were by no means clear and dry at 2-0 and that at some point during the second half Barham would have a spell in the game. The old cliché that the next goal was very important was used. We felt that getting that 3rd would be safe enough to secure the win. Captain Lee scored early in the second half to secure that all important third goal that we had spoken about and we started to relax. However Barham’s spell soon followed and they managed to get 1 goal back to make it 3-1. We replaced Chaplin with Church on the hour mark, shortly followed by Wearing, Sears and Luxford entering the fray. Barham’s spell of dominance didn’t come to anything further and fortunately for us their goal didn’t give them the lift that we feared it may have done. The game was sealed when Lee popped up with a quickfire double to complete his second half hattrick to make the game 4, and then 5-1 and out of sight. But we didn’t stop there, Dale Nibloe scored from a trademark corner/header routine after a great delivery from Chalk. Not to be outdone by his centre half partner, Matt Sears is being credited with the 7th and his first goal for the club after a goalmouth scramble, much to the dismay of Wearing who already off at the sideline celebrating with his dad thinking that he had scored earlier in the scramble. So 7-1 at full time, unheard of for Falcons this season. It was good to finally see us get a couple of goals clear in a game and really push on to kill a team off. So many times this season we have missed out by the odd goal and it was good to see the players enjoy the victory as a team. There is a really good spirit within the side and that victory is no less than they deserve for sticking with it after what has been a difficult first half of the season.
That win was massively important for the club in our bid to beat the drop. It keeps us within distance of the pack of teams ahead of us and makes for an interesting second half of the season. Back to cup duties next week for the rearranged Bob Coleman Cup fixture that was abandoned before Christmas against Bacton. Ben Bull the casualty from that game is recovering well, he’s now back to work but still unable to walk unaided. The game will give us a chance to rotate the squad a little and get some players some game time ready for a return to league action.
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Posted: Monday, January 7 2019 by Kevin Sturgeon

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