Stowupland Falcons

Stowupland Falcons

We made the long trip over to Saxmundham virtually at full strength. Sax don’t have many games left to save themselves so we knew that they would put up a fight. In our previous meetings Sax have played some really good stuff at times and their young squad are always full of energy so this definitely wasn’t a game that we were taking lightly. A defeat in this game would have cut our gap from the bottom to 6 points so we really did not want to be defeated. On arrival, as expected the wind was strong and with the open playing field we knew that it would play a big part in the game. Going out for the warm up we could see just how much the wind was affecting the ball the moment it left the ground. Obviously this was going to affect both sides as the wind gusted across the pitch rather than from one end to another.
There didn’t appear to be too much between the sides in the opening minutes , Sax far quicker to react to the second ball with their high energy attitudes. It was difficult for both teams to get any real foothold in the game as neither team could really settle on the ball. As we passed right the ball would go out for a throw in and as we passed left the ball would struggle to make the intended recipient. Sax nearly took the lead after their no9 beat the hobbling Nibloe to the ball and went through one on one with Watling who saved superbly to keep us level. Despite the lack of quality in the build up play, Falcons did manage to create several good opportunities. Burch got through one on one with the keeper out in no man’s land, but failed to lift the ball over him and he saved comfortably. Captain Lee then hit a pile driver from range which forced a good save from the keeper. We forced a couple of corners , but unfortunately we failed to get any real quality of delivery into the box so in we headed in at half time at 0-0.
We headed out for the second half still continuing to huff and puff and see if we could put ourselves in front but it wasn’t looking very likely. Sax continued to move the ball well in stages but never really converted any possession or build up into any real solid efforts on goal. Nibloe was withdrawn with an impact injury sustained in the first half, only one of several fouls given away by the Sax no2. Pryke replaced Nibloe and Whyatt came on for Dye. Chalk and Titlow were the driving force of any Falcons attacks in the second half dribbling the ball well and going past players with ease but again we lacked that killer final ball or effort on goal. Burch’s hold up play was also key and he brought Hunn into the game on several occasions. Chalk sent 2 long balls in quick succession out to Hunn on the right who was causing the Sax left back issues all game. Finally in the dying stages Hunn got through one on one but fluffed his lines at the final hurdle. We also forced a corner which Burch had his effort cleared off the line and Allum sliced the rebound wide in the last kick of the game. If either effort had been converted it would have been very harsh on Sax but we would have certainly taken it. A draw the fair outcome in difficult playing conditions. The boys came off disappointed but in fairness a draw didn’t allow Sax to gain any ground on us with now only 3 games remaining for them. So it wasn’t the end of the world. But we do now face a tough run in, starting with in form Wickham Saturday followed by the top 3 of Newton/Bildeston/Sporting. Lets see where the next few games take us…

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Posted: Monday, March 11 2019 by Kevin Sturgeon

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