Westerfield United

The Swans interest in the Bob Coleman Cup came to an end on Saturday when they lost their quarter final match by the odd goal in three against Coplestonians. As in every game we have played against Cops this season this was another close game. The swans started well and Brkovic nearly managed to intercept a lax back pass, but Houchill raced off his line to blast the ball against the shins of Brkoivic and luckily for Cops the ball rebounded behind for a goal kick. Wade shot wide and a Brkovic volley was well gathered by Houchill as the Swans had the better of the early exchanges. Duka was showing up well for Cops and he burst past Woolnough but Woolnough recovered well to nick the ball off his toes as he was about to pull the trigger. Despite having the lions share of possession the Swans final ball often let them down and we created few, what I would call good chances in this period. As often happens when a team fail to score when on top, Cops broke down the right flank and Rutterford got on the end of an Abbot cross to put Cops ahead. This goal rejuvenated Cops and they went further ahead with Soanes providing the cross for Owen to score having run half the length of the field without being picked up. The Swans nearly pulled one back just before the break with Stuart’s fierce header from Dunn’s free kick going inches wide. The second half was all about the Swans needing an early breakthrough and Silk nearly provided it with a dipping long range effort but Houchill managed to tip the ball over the bar. Brkovic then had another chance but couldn’t control his volley from close range with the ball sailing over. Cops still looked threatening and Beal did well to smother an effort from Soanes. Changes were made by the Swans in an effort to get back in the game and this paid off when Watson clipped in after Evans had made a good run down the right flank. This gave the Swans some fresh impetus and Houchill denied Keinzley before Sadler had to clear off the line after Keinzley had again made inroads into the Cops box. The equalising goal just wouldn’t come and in fact Cops should have made the game safe when Smith found himself in the clear but he decided to shoot early and Beal made a good save. So it was a disappointed Spreads and Coops after the game but good luck to Cops in the semi-final. The old phrase ‘you need to score when you’re on top’ springs to mind but we didn’t and Cops scored with perhaps their only two goalbound efforts in the first half and it was always going to be difficult to get back into the game, although we gave it our best shot. Matt Rutterford did well for Cops and John Houchill in goal had a sound game, making some good stops at vital times. Yani Duka though got my vote for their man of the match. A strong, solid player with good movement and quick feet, he gave the Swans back four plenty to think about all afternoon. For the Swans, Isaac Keinzley had a good game but too often his intelligent runs came to nothing as the ball was not delivered quickly enough. Dan Brkovic also put in a good shift and Craig Stuart was solid at the back. Daniel Wade though was my man of the match for the Swans, defending well and getting forward to good effect throughout the ninety minutes. As always, good to see Ian Bristo and ‘Scoop’ Robinson two top guys who are always honest and unlike some don’t look through rose tinted spectacles. The ressies gained revenge for their recent 7-2 mauling by Achilles in the cup by winning the league encounter 4-1 with George Mrozec being the hero with an excellent hat-trick in a good all round performance. Ayden Brittain was the other scorer in a game that must have given Woodsy and Froudy great satisfaction. This week it is cup action again as we meet last seasons champions Achilles at Salmet Close in the quarter final of the Suffolk Senior Cup. This will be a real test and although Achilles will be warm favourites, I’m sure we will give them a good game and who knows, football’s a funny old game as the legend ‘Greavsie’ used to say. The ressies are in league action when they visit basement club Henley and can hopefully build on last week’s result. Finally, with Aaron Beal now fit again the club would like to wish Olly Fisher who deputised during his absence all the very best. This young keeper played extremely well during his time at the club and we are indebted to Gary ‘Flapper’ Hammond and Felixstowe & Walton for allowing this youngster to gain some invaluable experience whilst he was with us. Well done Olly.

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Posted: Friday, February 8 2019 by PHILIP GREENHALGH

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