Crane Sports

Crane Sports

A short trip to East Bergholt this weekend saw us leave with all three points and ‘double’ the homesters after we had beaten them 3-1 at Greshams in early January. We started with an unchanged team to that of last week’s fine cup victory over Stanton and commenced on the front foot with some good positive football in the early stages . However, it was Bergholt who opened the scoring when their speedy young winger Jamie Magrath slotted home from close range after some sloppy defending by us. We went right up the other end though and Bladsey was brought down as he powered past the home keeper and Danny Thrower expertly dispatched the penalty. We were soon 2-1 up as Bladsey smashed home from 20 yards giving the young home custodian no chance. On the 40 minute mark it was three as we continued our excellent possession football culminating in DT again finding the net from an acute angle. This should have been the score at the interval as we failed close it out and again some sloppy defending on our part allowed Heathcote to slide home from six yards after a corner.
We pretty much dominated the play in the second half and Yarpy put us 4-2 ahead with a fine angled drive from a corner but yet again we allowed The Greens back into the game as they brought the score back to 4-3. Cue a trio of subs to enter the fray with Jenno, Fike and Rands coming on and with 10 minutes to go, after excellent work by the mercurial Thrower, Mo Fike scored to make the final score 5-3 to Cranes.
Credit to Bergholt as they never gave up. I thought we played really well at times with some great pass and move football with Woolard and Thrower pulling the strings in midfield and we looked dangerous up top with Teon and Bladesey getting back to their best. We did look a bit out of sorts at the back though for reasons unknown and cannot afford that against opposition that are much harder to score against and where games are tight, but I am sure this was a minor blip as the boys have been superb for the vast majority of the season.
MOTM for me Nathan Woolard who is now relishing his football again after a long layoff with his ACL. He is getting stronger every game and his partnership with DT is great to watch.
Next week a home game against Grundisburgh.
Finally a note for the diary, we are hosting a Soul Night at Greshams on Saturday 30th March, further details to follow

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Posted: Monday, February 4 2019 by Andy Pearce

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