Stowupland Falcons

Stowupland Falcons

On Saturday we welcomed Coddenham to the nest for yet another 6 pointer. The bottom half of the table is extremely tight now with teams trading places each week and any two from 7/8 teams still fighting the drop so both teams were desperate for the win.
Falcons started the better of the two sides, having the lions share of possession as well as the better of the chances. Coddenham looked a little off the pace to be honest, but as we have found out several times this season, more possession and more chances does not necessarily guarantee you the 3 points. The front 3 of Hunn, Chaplin and Titlow were linking up well and at times proved too much for the Coddenham defence to handle. Hunn then showed us what we have been missing in his 6 weeks absence putting us 1-0 up with a neat finish after some good build up play. He then popped up again shortly after once again finishing a good team move to put us 2 goals clear. That man Hunn then turned provider when he beat the full back before delivering perfectly for Chaplin to rise and head home for Falcons to race into a 3-0 lead on 40 minutes. It was then Coddenham’s turn for a spell of possession but with time running out before the Half Time whistle we hoped that the whistle would break up that spell before it came to harm us. Unfortunately that was not the case and Coddenham were given a small lifeline when the talented Kirby twisted and turned in the box before firing home a toe punt from close range to make it 3-1 at the break. It’s never great to concede so close to half time and the goal would have changed Coddenham’s half time team talk a great deal I would imagine. However after 44 mins of superb football and 1 minute just switching off to concede it would have been stupid for us to be too negative at HT. We focused on the positives and at least the HT whistle meant that Coddenham had the break to halt any further fightback in the game.
The second half did not live up to the first in terms of converting our chances into goals. A two goal cushion was nice but we knew that at any stage if Coddenham could create a chance and turn the game on it’s head so a 4th would have really killed it off for us. A strong bench really helped us in the second half with a few players looking jaded and in need of an injection of fresh legs. Dye was withdrawn for Whyatt at full back initially. Hunn had a golden chance of completing his hattrick but was kept out by Stone in the Coddenham goal. As in the first fixture vs Coddenham the linesman’s flag prevented us going further ahead in the game firstly when Chaplin had the ball in the net in the second phase of play after a corner which was ruled out for offside. Chaplin was then in our opinion wrongly flagged offside twice in quick succession when put through for what would have been 1v1 situations. Chaplin then made way for Burch, strangely enough the Linesman still tried to raise his flag on Chaplin but he beat the trap and Burch was able to enter the fray. Hunn also departed the field with his brace allowing Luxford to replace him . These changes were important in keeping Falcons on top in the game as the fresh legs up top kept the Coddenham back line under constant pressure and Whyatt’s energy at full back kept the lively Clarke under wraps. Dixon and Double entered late on for us to use all 5 subs, before Burch beat the offside trap and fired past the keeper with his left foot to put the game to bed with under 10 mins to go.
A 4-1 win for Falcons which saw us leapfrog Coddenham, Wall and Skinner impressed for Coddenham, whilst Kirby despite not being 100% fit offers a threat going forward. Obviously Gardiner was missing through suspension and his 4 match ban could prove to play a big part in where Coddenham finish the season as his goals have been vital for them so far this season. Wins for Wickham, Mendlesham and the in form Barham now sees 4 sides level on 16 points, with 2 further sides on 17 points. The win proved crucial in staying in line with the pack and not losing any ground on the teams around us. Barham’s win vs Sax gives us a little more daylight between ourselves and the bottom of the table. Their win catapults them up to 7th after being bottom only a month ago. Wickham, under the new management of Baker get a fantastic win vs Ransomes and Mendlesham grab an equally great win vs Stanton to close the gap to one point between places 6th and 11th. AFC Kesgrave being the unlucky party this week falling to 3rd bottom after not having a league game. This will all prove a very exciting run in until the end of the season which is great for the league with all teams in the division still fighting for something rather than those milling around in midtable safety from now until the end of the season.

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Posted: Monday, February 11 2019 by Kevin Sturgeon

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