A brand new dawn this season, after 13 years managing Micky Squirrell has stood down & become general manager with James Leech 2 years & Alex Day 3 years not being kept on. The club would like to thank James & Alex for their hard work & efforts in trying to keep us up, but alas we mirrored Ipswich Town & didn't win anywhere enough games to keep up. Jason Cook former Whitton United Reserves, Haughley United & Diss Town takes over at the helm assisted by Ashley Henderson. After 38 seasons in SIL Senior football we kicked off in Division 1 for the 1st time since 1980/81 on a sunny and very hot for the season’s opening game away to Mendlesham. Zac Eales broke down the right in Grundisburgh’s first attack and his well stuck cross was cleared by the home defence. However the visitors got off to the perfect start after five minutes when George Steward created himself space, before firing home from 20 yards. Mendlesham fought back and Warren Smith did well to clear behind at the expense of a corner. Good build up play by the visitors ended with Paulo Rodrigues firing over from outside the box. The early goal had settled Grundisburgh down and they were looking the better side, and good work by Virgilio Leitao set up Steward whose fierce shot from 20 yards forced the home keeper to make a great save. Leitao for the visitors was playing well up front, causing problems for the home defence, and he went close to increasing the visitors lead on two occasions late in the first half. Grundisburgh were good value for their half time lead.
Half Time: Mendlesham 0 Grundisburgh 1. Mendlesham dominated the opening exchanges in the second half, and equalised on 50 minutes. When what looked like a long range cross from a wide position by Ryan Daniels, sailed into the top corner of the net, giving the visitors keeper Lewis Riches no chance what so ever. Grundisburgh were now looking ragged and the home side should have taken the lead on 55 minutes following a corner when one of their players blazed over the bar from eight yards out at the far post. It took Grundisburgh some time to get back into the game, and Eales well struck cross from a free kick was fumbled by the home keeper, but the home defence managed to scramble the ball clear. Play was now end to end, and twice L. Riches in the Grundisburgh goal made fine saves when the home side had players though on goal, but it was Grundisburgh who made the breakthrough when Leitao showed exceptional coolness when inside the box, beating a defender, dribbling around the home keeper, before slotting home a second goal for the visitors on 80 minutes. Grundisburgh then had chances to seal the game, including a move which featured fine link up play between Steward and Eales which resulted in Leitao just failing to make contact to finish the game off. Grundisburgh successfully defended a corner in the final minute, to clinch all three points. A winning start for Grundisburgh, in which a key factor was an outstanding display at centre half by James Ager. Result: Mendlesham 1 Grundisburgh 2. The Reserves under the management of Julian Beaumont & Adie McAllister with Neil Gregory as coach, got off to a winning start 3-1 in Intermediate 'C' at home to Bacton 'A'. With 8 of our players 18 or under in the starting line-up. A bright start from both teams saw a good effort from Bradley Beaumont pushed round the post by Chad Green in the Bacton goal for a corner and then at the other end a smart effort from Tom Scott went just past Gary Hammonds post. It was Grundisburgh who took the lead in the 8th minute when Jack Garn cut in from the left and his shot beat Green at his near post. Grundisburgh were now on top and twice could have increased their lead, firstly a Euan Childs thunderbolt was excellently turned over the bar and this was followed by a similar effort from Matt Sheridan. It was soon 2-0 when the experienced Adam Kelly crossed from the left for Josh Knights to header in at the near post. Bacton then came into the game and reduced the deficit when the dangerous Tom Scott found space and buried the ball into the bottom corner, it could and should have soon been 2-2 when Ben Rowland missed when clean through. Bradley Beaumont then hit the Bacton cross bar with a header from a corner as Grundisburgh pushed again but a very entertaining half finished with Grundisburgh leading 2-1. Grundisburgh started the 2nd half as they had started the game, 2 great efforts from Jack Garnham and Beaumont were both very close to increasing their lead. Bacton were not out of this game and Hammond was called into action again when Taylor Mortimer found space in the penalty area but couldn’t find enough power in his finish. Grundisburgh then scored the goal of the game to go 3-1 up, some slick football between Garn, Childs and Sheridan found Knights 20 yards from goal and his shot rocketed into the top corner. Grundisburgh sub Brad Hughes almost made an instant impact when his shot across the goal was turned wide by Green for a corner. Bacton pushed hard in the last 10 minutes to try and get something but Grundisburgh held firm for the 3 points. Trust my old mate The Ploughman is getting through fighting his illness, all the best Bob to a full recovery.
This week's fixtures- 1st team v Wickham Market away & Reserves at home v Kesgrave 'A' in the Division Cup. MS

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Posted: Wednesday, September 4 2019 by Micky Squirrell

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