Witnesham Wasps

Witnesham Wasps

After months of waiting we can finally say we are able to post club notes for the first time this season, and also in a very long time! With half the season now gone, I will attempt to give a brief overview of how the season has gone so far.
Last season was a difficult time for the Wasps with many players leaving the club resulting in the reserve team being folded, and subsequently joining up with the first team to make one team. This left us with two first team players from the season before in club captain Matthew Leach, and goalkeeper Darryl Martin. A couple of players returned as the season progressed, but this wasn't enough to help us avoid relegation back to division 3.
This season a new management team have taken over in Lawrence Smith and Ryan Butcher, and things have vastly improved with new signings such as James Ingham and Daniel McLaughlin from Stowmarket Town reserves, Toby Rose from Hadleigh United, and the return of Cam Crowder, Ryan Clarke, first team coach Kieran Perez all from Coddenham Athletic, and Joe Kienzley from Westerfield United.
We started the season off with a hard fought 2-3 away win at Thurston, followed by a 3-3 draw at home against Tattingstone, and another 2-3 away win at Elmswell FC. Two good wins in the Suffolk Primary Cup and Club Colours Cup against lower placed opposition were sandwiched between 1-4 and 1-3 defeats to unbeaten leaders Bedricks Worth FC who are a good side and surely will secure promotion this season unbeaten. What can only be described as 'one of those games' in the next round of the Suffolk Primary Cup against Whitton United A will live long in the memory for all the wrong reasons with us losing 2-1 at the break to two poor goals, but second half laying siege to the Whitton goal with relentless pressure, and the opposition barely getting into our half. Ryan Clarke popped up with an injury time equaliser to send us to penalties where Darryl Martin made a smart save, but two of our spot kicks were missed to send us crashing out of the cup, and our Portman Road dreams over for another year. Hard to take that one but we go again ready for next year!
Our last two games have really kicked our season on with a fine 2-1 home win over Woolverstone just after Christmas, and a easy 3-0 win against Elmswell FC last time out. This weekend will prove to be our biggest test however against second place Tattingstone with a feisty but keenly contested game expected. Tattingstone surprising lost last week to Elmswell which opened the door for us to take advantage, but with both teams going for that second automatic promotion spot, a win is a must if we are serious about promotion this year especially with us having a game in hand over our rivals. Fingers crossed we get the result we need!

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Posted: Friday, February 1 2019 by Darryl Martin

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