Westerfield United

The Swans were looking to end a lean run of form when they entertained Claydon at Rushmere on Saturday. Claydon have had a good first season in the Senior league and had beaten the Swans 4-1 at their place so we were also looking for revenge. The wind was always going to be a major factor in the quality of the game and so it proved with both sides struggling with the elements. Highlights of the first half were Cole’s wind assisted but nevertheless clever shot from inside his own half that nearly caught Fisher out, the ball just clearing the bar. Watson saw his shot blocked with Evans blazing over the rebound but Watson should really have put the Swans ahead with a free header from close range but he put the ball over the bar. Lytess then saw his chipped shot hit the bar at the end of the half which after a slow start the Swans had looked the better side. The second half began with Dowsing defending well for the visitors when Lytess looked threatening and then Evans headed over following a corner. The Swans took the lead when Brad Culf’s defence splitting pass put Evans cleared who finished with aplomb. Fisher did well to keep out a shot from Knock but generally Claydon were not looking particularly dangerous and a win looked on the cards for the Swans. Sadly for us the game was turned on its head when Woolnough committed a foul that was clearly outside the box but a penalty was given which Moore despatched to put Claydon level. After Dixon clawed away a header from Stuart, worse was to follow for the Swans when a blatant handball from Mackie went unpunished and he advanced before squaring to Knock who scored from close range in the last minute to give Claydon the points. What can you say..?? Gutted, robbed are words that spring to mind and when the management team from the opposition are basically apologising for winning the game, something isn’t quite right. However, that’s football I suppose and we take it on the chin and move on. Always good to see Kenny and Shane, both true local football men who have worked very hard to put Claydon back on the map. For the visitors, Martin Moore had a very solid game, whilst Keiran Driver also worked hard. For me though Danny Knock was their motm with a sparkling performance, a constant danger and the scorer of what was the winning goal. As for the Swans, Craig Stuart again gave a polished performance whilst Harry Evans took his goal well and made some good runs. For me though Brad Culf was our motm with a sterling performance in the middle of the park, always seeming to be in the right place and he also laid on our goal. Our thanks also go to ‘Deejam’ the roving reporter whose blog is proving to be extremely popular with the local football fraternity. At the moment there’s no stopping the reserves who beat a decent Bergholt side 4-1. The final result was perhaps a bit unfair on Bergholt who, had they taken their chances, especially in the first half could well have got something out of the game. Kev Harmer came from off the bench to bag a brace with Adam Potter and Jack Tierney being our other scorers. Don’t forget the ‘Casino Night’ on 6th April, tickets will hopefully be available this Saturday priced at £10. Finally both teams are at home again this Saturday with the firsts entertaining East Bergholt whilst the reserves are hosts to Bacton 89, both game kicking off at 2.30.
SWANSONG

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Posted: Thursday, March 14 2019 by PHILIP GREENHALGH

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