Two weeks to report on & the relegation trap door widened even further after losing a crucial bottom of the table clash 4-1 at Leiston St Margarets & a 2-0 home defeat to Capel Plough. That leaves us 10 points behind 3rd bottom Bramford Utd with 10 games left. After 20 games played & only 5 points gained we are realistically going to play Junior football for the 1st time since 1980/81,nothing indicates that we can now go on a winning run to survive, but we will keep battling to get a bit of pride back into the club & try to overhaul Wenhaston to not finish rock bottom. We can have few complaints about the result at Leiston & not for the first time this season we fell away second half to a fired up St Margarets, who played the pitch better as we wanted to have too many touches & slowed the game down giving Swanny up top no service at all. We did lead 1-0 at the break after shading the 1st half & we didn't look like conceding, but the players did not take onboard the half time instructions & we were really poor 2nd half. Our goal on 32 minutes saw Steward's corner touched on by Rene Swann & Ash Davis flicked home from close range for his 1st goal of the season. Two minutes into the 2nd half Tane Backhouse's corner found Luke Croager at the far post to squeeze a header home, Bolderstone then shot over the bar & a controversial penalty was given after the returning Chris Pratt was deemed to have brought him down after the ball had gone. Backhouse fired home from the spot & Leiston grew in confidence. Croager scored a stunning half volley on 65 minutes after latching onto Wood's header & we faded not troubling home keeper Andy Perkins all half. Centre half Toby Jackson headed Kyle Horner's long cross in from 6 yards out & Leiston are now all but safe on 18 points. Their manager Sam Cloke has done a fantastic job after the previous manager Battle quit 2 weeks before the season started. Good to see ex Grundisburgh striker Darren Harper back in action coming off the bench after a lengthy injury & nearly scored a 5th heading just wide. Also caught up with Mr St Margarets John Barker who despite his ill health continues to turn up & help his beloved team, always amicable & friendly club to visit with decent people. For us Lee Burns on his full debut got man of the match with a solid game at right back. Ash Davis & Alfie Matthews got through tireless work in the middle, with the pitch taking it's toil on them. Chris Pratt back in a Grundisburgh shirt after one & half years away was commanding as always at centre half. The Reserves lifted themselves off the bottom of the table with back to back wins after beating Stowupland Falcons Res 3-1 at home. Scorers were Mitch Bennett, Bradley Beaumont & Jack Garnham. Last Saturday we put in a battling performance at home to Capel Plough, but in a very close fought game we lost 2-0 to The Ploughman. They have now recorded 6 wins in a row at The Playing Field, which will have cheered the watching Mr Capel Bob Morrison. It has been a traumatic week for poor old Bob & his family & are thoughts are with them at this very sad time, many thanks for the pint after the game albeit he obviously couldn't stay as he was needed back home. To the game we had no out & out forwards & stuck Josh Cook up there as the lone striker, he worked tirelessly for the team as did Alfie Matthews & Ash Davis in midfield. With plenty of men behind the ball with man of the match Aaron Seaman playing left back & centre half defending very well, we contained Capel very well. It has to be said that Capel are going through a tough time with many players departing them. In truth we never looked like scoring & didn't test Luke Tynan in the visitors goal all game & our keeper Callum Johnson was hardly extended also. Capel took the lead on 35 minutes when Luke Reid upended Terry Rymer in the area, Rymer's well struck penalty was brilliantly saved by Johnson, but Nick Middlebrook reacted quickest to slot the rebound home. With us committing more men forward towards the end the impressive Alfie Smith crossed for Rymer to take a great touch to rifle home on 76 minutes. We brought on 3 lads for their debuts young Jack Garnham, Ethan Drury & Brad Hughes, who lasted only 8 minutes before losing his head to lose the plot & get rightly sent off. David Cattermole is kindly hosting a Blockbusters style Quiz night at the club on Saturday March 16th, more details to follow. Lastly good luck to the remaining 4 SIL sides in Suffolk Senior Cup Quarter final action this Saturday, unfortunately they drew each other, but it do guarentee 2 teams in the semi finals. Obviously Achilles will start favourites at home to Westerfield Utd, but it would be a well deserved & rewarding win for all the hard work Spreads has done at The Swans through good & bad if they were to reach the semi's. The other tie will be very hard to predict with Pete Gorham's inform Bourne Vale Utd against the slick & silky Henley Athletic, that one could go to penalties. This week we are off to title contenders Crane Sports at Greshams & the Reserves will be hoping for a 3rd straight win at home to Sporting'87 'A'. MS

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Posted: Wednesday, February 6 2019 by Micky Squirrell

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