Westerfield United

The Swans travelled to East Bergholt and after a competitive and sometimes feisty game, the points were shared in an entertaining 2-2 draw. Bergholt started strongly and the Swans had the long legs of Beal to thank after McGrath had broken into the box far too easily, seeing his shot deflected behind by the Swans ‘keeper. The Swans, after a pretty slow start came into the game and Dunn’s shot was deflected behind by Bibby and then Lytess on his Swans debut came inches away from scoring with his header just agonisingly going the wrong side of the post. Both sides had chances in the first half, the best perhaps being a shot from Dunn that the Bergholt ‘keeper made a mess of but just managed to retrieve the situation when it looked for all the world that the ball would creep over the line. The goalless scoreline at halftime was about right with the game nicely poised. The Swans made the worst possible start to the second half when Woolnough was robbed by King who after breaking into the Swans box was scythed down by Woolnough in a vain attempt to atone for his error. Jay stroked home the resultant penalty to give Bergholt the lead. Mrozek equalised when Woolnough’s long ball was flicked on by Evans and the striker calmly went round Colver before slotting home. Bergholt then had what looked a stonewall penalty turned down when Beal brought down Prime and I have to say that I have some sympathy with them as it looked a nailed on penalty. The game ebbed and flowed after this without either side looking particularly dangerous in the final third. With time running out Bergholt scored what they probably thought would be the winner when McGrath toe poked home from close range after a bit of ping-pong in the Swans box. Credit to the Swans though who never gave up the cause and sub Keinzley went on a mazy run, only to be brought down and from Barry Seward’s free kick, Stuart headed across goal where an unmarked Woolnough headed in from close range. I feel a draw was about fair on the day although Bergholt will obviously be a bit gutted at conceding such a late equaliser. For Bergholt old Swan, Kyle Jay had a sound game and put his penalty away well and Matt Chinnery and Ben Bibby both defended well. Aaron Greenwood had a good game also but my motm was Jamie McGrath who was a constant threat all afternoon, making intelligent runs and also closing down our defenders making it difficult to play out from the back. For the Swans, Josh Lytess did well on his debut and could well have got himself on the scoresheet and he looks as if will be a very useful addition. Brad Culf put in a tremendous shift but was just pipped for motm by George Mrozek. George took his goal extremely well and his work rate and movement throughout the game was good. I’m sure there is still plenty more to come from this young lad who has shown improvement in each game since his elevation from the reserves to the first team. Our thanks to East Bergholt for their after match hospitality, pity ‘Griefy’ wasn’t about, choosing the warmer climates of the Caribbean to the colder climate of Gandish road…!! The reserves made it five wins on the bounce with a terrific performance when they visited Sporting 87 and came away with an impressive 5-2 victory. This result pushes them up to second in the league and is fitting reward for the hard work of the management and players alike. The Banthorpe brothers were both on target, Ashten with two goals and brother Byron with one. Aaron Jolly also got himself on the scoresheet and of course there was the inevitable goal from Adam Potter. Although most of the teams around us have games in hand, our run in is not to difficult and hopefully we can sustain second spot come the end of the season. Only time will tell but it is certainly not beyond the realms of possibility. This Saturday sees the first team entertain Claydon in the presence of 'Deejam' whilst the reserves entertain East Bergholt, both 2.30 kick offs.
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Posted: Thursday, March 7 2019 by PHILIP GREENHALGH

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