We started the New Year with a visit to Capel Plough, a happy hunting ground in recent seasons with a draw & a win in the past 2 years. We welcomed back Sarvio De Nooljer away since early October to replace suspended leading scorer Niall Hobson & the other change from the 5-1 home defeat to Benhall was Grant Gibson in for Matt Carley. It was unusual to walk across the field at Capel in January & not be ankle deep in mud! The game got off to a flying start with 2 goals in the opening 6 minutes, we conceded first on 3 minutes through poor defending again. A throw in on the right from Stefan Mallet was headed on by Shaun Webb in the 6 yard box & Alfie Smith’s header beat Callum Johnson at the near post despite his vain attempts to keep the ball out. Josh Cook was fouled just inside the Capel half & Zac Eales long free kick into the box saw De Nooljer head over keeper Christian Foxhall high into the net. Mallet’s ball in from wide left flicked off a Grundisburgh head to Webb in 6 yard box, but his weak header went straight into the grateful Johnson’s hands. On 25 minutes Capel retook the lead when Webb got the better of Luke Reid in the 6 yard box on the by line to cross for Dan Alderson to head home on the line. Cameron Smith had a shot from 20 yards go straight through to Foxhall & we nearly levelled when Gibson’s long ball got behind Capel defender Andy Wilshaw & De Nooljer’s right foot drive was well saved by Foxhall at his near post. 7 minutes before half time skipper Reid had to call it a day for the 2nd week running in the 1st half & was replaced by George Steward. An even half ended with Capel leading just 2-1 & we had high hopes at the break of getting a result. That sadly disappeared 2nd half as Capel got on top & we hardly had a worthwhile attempt on goal. Even more disappointingly for us Capel added another 2 goals, with all their goals coming from headers in the 6 yard box. Beginning of the 2nd half from a corner Gibson had a great chance to level, but with a free header he put the ball wide. Two identical goals on 65 minutes & near the end sealed our fate with the impressive Mallet putting inviting crosses into our 6 yard box that Webb & Dan Page gratefully headed home. The win put Capel up to 3rd whilst we remain rooted to the bottom with just 4 points from 16 games played. For us De Nooljer got our man of the match with a well taken goal & some lovely footwork at times. Capel had a strong spine to the side with the experienced Matt Easton centre half, skipper Webb in the middle being aggressive & getting under our boys skins. He also was dangerous throughout making late runs into the box, whilst up front Danny Garrard & Alderson are wily campaigners & kept our defence busy. It is always good to catch up with Mr Capel Bob Morrison The Ploughman & his dear wife as they always make you feel so welcome. It is has become one of my favourite grounds to visit off the pitch !. The Ploughman is a busy man on match days serving teas & cakes, doing a match report & afterwards after buying him a beer, I had to locate him in the wash room, washing all the dirty kit. Where would Capel be without him, I shudder to think. It was also strange going there without seeing Powelly, who sadly passed away before Christmas, always good to chew the fat with him, wind him up & talk about being plastering brothers. I know Bob, really do miss not having him around. Must say manager Nathan Burrell, now just over a year in charge has done a fantastic job there keeping a great Capel team spirit going. It was also good to see 2 ex Capel legends in Pat Tynan & Archie Arnold help serving behind the bar, Pat obviously last season played for us helping us stay up. We have a massive job on our hands to stay in Senior football & as a club we will try everything in our power to try & convince some players over to help us in our fight, watch this space. The Reserves after a 3 week lay off played Halesworth Reserves at home in a bottom of the table clash, the only team they have beaten 2-1 in December. This time Halesworth got revenge cruising to a 4-0 win. Only 1 game this week with the 1st team having a hard match v Claydon at home, who beat us 7-3 at Blue Circle in September. MS

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Posted: Wednesday, January 9 2019 by Micky Squirrell

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