Ransomes Sports

Ransomes Sports

AFC Kesgrave were the visitors to Sidegate Avenue on Saturday and played their part in a very entertaining and sporting encounter. Ransomes re-jigged things following the previous week’s disappointing performance, pushing Jazz Haynes up front alongside new signing Jaydon Brown (thanks to Grundisburgh for assisting with that transfer). Ransomes started well and 10 minutes in Todd fed a lovely pass through the visitors’ very high line, where Haynes latched onto it, bore down on goal and coolly lifted the ball over the advancing Steele. 10 minutes later, Haynes found Brown wide on the left, with a terrific cross-field ball and the confident young recruit, stepped inside the full-back, before steadying himself and driving home into the far corner. Ransomes continued to have the upper-hand against a hard-working Kesgrave side, then right on half-time, threw the visitors a lifeline when they got themselves in a right old two and eight at the back and Smith took full advantage. 2-1 up at the break, Ransomes restored their two goal cushion in the first minutes of the second half, despite triple heroics from keeper Steele blocking several attempts, Haynes eventually thumping the ball home after Man-of-the-Match Brown had superbly created the initial opening. Morris then made his return to action and his second touch was to follow up and net after another Steele parried save. Morris then underlined how much we have missed him with the goal of the game, receiving on the edge of the box, quick swivel, curled shot, top corner, 5-1. Brilliant. Could have had a hat-trick, but the Kesgrave lino correctly flagged for offside. Kesgrave who were missing a few players themselves, then took the game to the home side, who perhaps over-relaxed with that lead and ex-Ransomes star Lyndon Dowson-Alexander found the bottom corner from 8 yards after a nice control and finish. The same player still had time to hit the inside of the post with a first time shot, the ball kindly finding its way back into Deacons welcoming arms, before referee Irvin Flaherty who had an excellent game, blew the final whistle on an impressive 5-2 Ransomes win.
Ransomes Reserves were at East Bergholt “A” looking to cement their lead at the top of Inter C, had to settle for a 1-1 draw in an average performance. A goal down in the opening minute, Ransomes never really got their game together against some very determined opponents and it wasn’t until late in the game that a penalty award came to their rescue and Crane made no mistake from the spot.
Next Saturday sees the Reserves on their travels again, away to Framlingham Town “A”, with the 1st team hosting Wickham Market at Sidegate Avenue. Both kick off at 2.30pm.
The Lone Ranger

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Posted: Monday, February 4 2019 by Alan McDougall

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