Crane Sports

Crane Sports

Probably my longest away trip on Saturday to Bildeston Rangers and I arrived to find a large pretty uneven pitch which needed some attention before kick-off. We had a really good following of our growing band of supporters which was great to see.
We started with Mikey Sneddon in place of Matty Ox in midfield, giving him his first start for the club after his goal from the bench last week and Ash Smith came in for the injured Jon Ince at left back. Bildeston were missing a few also but Rads pep talk before the game was all about ignoring the bumpy pitch, using the size of it to our advantage and making sure we left with 3 points .
We started well and with Mo Fike and Bladsey making some great runs and it was no surprise when we took the lead as Blades powered home a shot from close range, following a great link up with Mo. Bildeston were relying on sporadic breaks to try and reduce the deficit as we were pretty much dominating possession with Nay Woolard and Liam Jennings bossing the midfield, but from one of their quick fire counter attacks Jack Foster brought off a fantastic flying one handed save to keep us in the lead. Just before the break James Blades scored his second after fine approach play by Teon Leggett in his new Radioactive red boots hot from the Kays catalogue, apparently so expensive he has had to buy them on the never never!! 2-0 half time.
We started the second period in the same fashion with some great pass and move football and after 5 minutes Nay Woolard powered home a header from a corner to put us 3 up. That soon became 4 as Mo Fike got the goal he deserved for an all action display but then bought himself a 10 minute break courtesy of Mr Butcher’s sin bin yellow. A poor decision from an official who seemed to me, to be very over eager to use his cards and the sin bin.
The final goal came with 5 minutes remaining and it was those red boots of Teon sprinting down the left flank leaving a vapour trail then crossing hard and low with a Bildeston defender diverting past his own keeper. Final score 0-5 and 3 points in the bag to retain our great unbeaten start to the season.
What can you say about our hosts. A good bunch of lads who tried hard for the entire game, but lacked the killer punch up front and some creation in midfield. They did have a few chances which went to waste but we had the same as we missed some complete sitters in the second half, two in particular from Mo and Primey both of which in my opinion were in part caused by the uneven pitch. We lost Lee Smith just after the break who turned his ankle, but in truth we also used the size of the playing surface very well and used its entirety to drag the home defence out of shape and in the end won quite comfortably. There will be a lot of teams who go there this campaign and struggle as they are a committed, well-run and clearly ambitious club and were great hosts on the day. Good luck to them for the rest of the season.
Man of the match Mo Fike. All action commitment and a goal. Fully deserved.
Next week Claydon visit Greshams which will be a tough one as always.
The newly formed Reserves began life in SIL Div 4 with a fine 5-1 victory over AFC Kesgrave’A’. By all accounts a very good debut performance by the team with our goalscorers being Cameron Jay Smith(3),Brad Prentice and the old warhorse Daniel Buck getting some match fitness and in his own words scoring his first goal for 98 seasons!
Huge credit and thanks go to managers Matt Chandler and Nigel Howe for forming the squad from scratch over the summer and good luck and welcome to the Cranes family to all involved.

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Posted: Monday, September 2 2019 by Andy Pearce

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