Ransomes Sports

Ransomes Sports

Old friends Stowupland Falcons were the visitors to Sidegate Avenue on Saturday and given the close match earlier in the season and their very decent run of late, we were expecting a tough game and so it proved. Falcons Manager Dye had his game plan and his lads stuck to it like glue – and it very nearly paid off handsomely. Ransomes regularly elected to bypass a very congested midfield and although created a few openings, time and again met a very well organised and determined visiting defence who repelled just about everything that came their way. Falcons hadn’t visited the home penalty area very much in the opening 20 minutes, but when they did, a pinpoint cross picked out Nibloe at the far post to nod the ball home. Ransomes continued to dominate possession, but couldn’t find a way through, the nearest thing coming just before the break, when Ben Deacon, racing into the box, appeared to be clipped just as he got his shot away. Impressive visiting keeper Graham blocked the shot and ref Ian Hardy waved away appeals to bring play back for a pen. Falcons 1-0 up at half-time then. Injury to Ransomes centre back Matt Smith meant a team re-shuffle, with Morris coming off the bench and was the centre of a little further controversy when he latched onto a returned clearance and lifted the ball over the advancing keeper, only to see the lino’s flag raised and after discussion, the referee disallowed the “goal”. From my viewpoint just behind the honest lino, it was a tight call and too close to dispute. The introduction of Ablitt and Mulligan certainly geed up Ransomes and the lads kept coming, but with time passing quickly, it looked as though the resilient visitors would hold out. In the closing minutes however, another ball into the visitor’s box was headed forward and the block from the Falcons defender was met with calls for hand ball and Referee Hardy immediately pointed to the spot. You’ve seen them given and you’ve seen them not. Anyway, up stepped Buckle, 1-1. It could have been even better for Ransomes had Deacon managed to squeeze the ball home with virtually the last kick of the match, but Graham reacted brilliantly to tip the ball over. Two different styles on the day, but a draw just about the right result. A very sporting match, our thanks to Falcons for that and to referee Ian Hardy who had a very effective game. It was a fairly comfortable afternoon for him in general, but he was faced with a few big calls and he dealt with them superbly – and took the time to calmly explain his decisions. Excellent.
No game for the Reserves for the second week running this Saturday, but the 1st team are home again in other difficult one in this very competitive division, this time against Bacton Utd 89, kick off 2.30pm.
The Lone Ranger

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Posted: Tuesday, March 5 2019 by Alan McDougall

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