Claydon FC

Claydon FC

Apologies for the lack of notes, but life is very busy… On Saturday we travelled to Westerfield for a game that was decidedly midtable. From the moment we arrived the signs were ominous as a hockey and netball tournament meant a 15min chaotic attempt to find a parking space ensued. This was followed by a fire alarm going off, resulting in half our team being out on the pitch and the other half standing in the car park half dressed. Ultimately, pre-game was completely disorganised, which unfortunately translated to our performance on the pitch.

Other than the first 15-20mins, when we played really well and should’ve gone ahead, the rest of the game was pretty awful from our perspective. Westerfield gradually grew into the game and we were lucky to come in at half time at 0-0. Despite our attempts as managers to address the lethargic performance and get us back on track, we were largely ignored and forced to watch another poor quality, low energy performance from a majority of our players. Westerfield eventually and deservedly went in front when a ball over the top was well finished. However, through a slightly contentious decision, we drew level when Blackman drove into the box and was upended with the ref pointing to the spot. I was too far away to be sure, but the contention was about whether he was fouled in, or out of the box. Eventually Moore was allowed to step up and smash home the penalty. Just as the game looked to be heading for a draw, we then benefitted from another controversial decision when Dowsing’s block was waved on (it was handball) before his fine cross found Knock who slotted home a last-minute winner. Understandably Westerfield were most aggrieved and vigorously protested, but the goal stood, and we took a most unlikely 3 points.

I won’t get too hung up on the decisions that went in our favour Saturday, but in all honesty, Westerfield can feel hard done by, we didn’t deserve the points based on our performance (irrespective of the two decisions). However, we’ve had very little luck this season, so to get some at last is most welcomed. However, the most disappointing thing for me was our own collective performance and the lack of desire. We had too many players who did not play well Saturday and amongst those poor performers, one or two who seemed unconcerned about making any kind of meaningful effort for the team. However, it would be wrong to be too negative as we had a few worthy mentions, with Blackman and Moore playing brilliantly as a centre back partnership following skipper Crane’s early withdrawal. Not for the first time this season Dixon again played well, with crucial stops when required, with a tip over from a header second half top drawer. In addition, I thought Dowsing and Dennington were good, especially first half. This week we will need to be much better as a team as we welcome Bramford to the Circle, especially after their manager and our good friend (Banny) spent most of the game Saturday sat in our dugout chatting with Shane (I love local football).

The reserves remarkable season continued as they made it 14 wins from 14 in the league Saturday against Haughley with a 4-0 win; Laslo (2) Moore and Harper with the goals. The reserves (to date) have been excellent this season and I am pleased for Brillo and Brame as they reap the rewards for their effort and commitment to the club. To maintain a 100% record in any SIL league is some achievement, but with a reserve side it is even more challenging as they contend with the first team calling on players at short notice. Hopefully their superb form will continue as they head towards promotion, and hopefully the league title in the coming weeks.

The A team concluded their season on Saturday with a 2-0 win against Bramford Road Old Boys. The A team mainly consists of last years U16s and they have embraced the challenges of the SIL head on, having a great debut season that sees them currently sitting second. Their manager Fordy, is stepping away from leading the team and next season someone else will come in and carry on his good work. Fordy can reflect on a managerial learning curve this season which has had its challenges (for the club) but one which he can be very proud of. We thank Fordy for his service to Claydon football club which has seen him commit the past 6yrs to our club, via the youth section and into the Senior section. Moving forward, we hope that all the current crop of A teamers are able to see that their future lies with Claydon, despite Fordy’s departure. We will be running three teams again next season as we (as a club) look to promote youth lads through the ranks with a sprinkling of honest signings, rather than buy every competition by bringing in players who chase the money. We are aiming for long term stability and success, rather than short term gain, long term pain.

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Posted: Tuesday, March 12 2019 by Richard Kennedy

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