Claydon FC

Claydon FC

After the longest preseason ever, we finally kicked off our league campaign last week against Capel Plough. Despite the prolonged preseason preparation, we still found ourselves with players unavailable, but we picked a strong squad for the task in hand. Prior to the game we showed our respect to former keeper Stephen George, who sadly passed away way too young after loosing his battle with cancer (life can be cruel).

As for the game, Capel started quickly and it soon became evident that there were contrasting styles on show, however Capel’s more direct approach initially posed us some issues. However, we showed that we were able to cope with this and after a while the game became more evenly shared. We took the lead when Knock’s free-kick was delivered onto the head of skipper Crane to glance in. We were defending well and it looked as though we would hold out for a half time lead, sadly though we failed to prevent an in-swinging cross being delivered, which came of the bar before being smartly dispatched by a quick reacting Capel striker. HT 1-1. We recognised that for large parts of the half we had defended well, but the half time talk was delivered in a firm fashion as we felt that collectively we fell below the standard expected. We changed a couple of things a half time and bringing Chaplin on to offer a different dimension in the process. To be fair, our second half display was better than our first and overall we shaded things, in my humble opinion. However, despite our better play, we fell behind when the giant Capel striker wriggled free to find space at a corner to side foot through the crowd. I started to think it was going to be one of those days, but we deservedly equalised when Chaplin controlled a drilled ball into him before turning the defender and firing a lovely finish into the bottom corner. We then finished really strongly and should’ve won it but Cole and then Dowsing spurned two gilt edged chances in the final 10 mins, however, as the Ploughman said in his notes, a draw was probably a fair result.

In order to achieve 3 points in this league, as a team we all have to perform well and it’s a compliment to the lads that despite their performance last week we were unhappy with the result. We felt that too many of our players didn’t perform to the level that they’re capable of Saturday and moving forward that needs to change. However, there were some worthy mentions. Crane was excellent, leading by example, and dealing with the thousands of long balls that came his way in exemplary fashion. After a slow start, Gibson had a good game and Cole showed that in patches he was decent. Dowsing also had moments when he did some very good things. I’m particularly pleased for Fat Messi, who came on and performed well and scored a very good goal after a difficult week for him away from football. What I will say about our team is that we do have character and a collective will that sees us dig deep for each other. We will need all of that and all of our players to perform well today if we are to get anything from the game against reigning champions Cranes, who seem intent on regaining the title as quickly as possible!

Elsewhere, Dan’s A team started off life with a deserved win, beating Kesgrave Kestrels 5-2 up the Rec, Goals from Hammond, Molnar an OG and 2 from goal machine Moye doing the business. Delighted for Dan who has been brilliant since he came into the club. The A team welcome Walsham the Willows A team today to the Rec, whilst the Reserves kick off their campaign against Achilles Reserves at the Circle.
KK

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Posted: Saturday, September 7 2019 by Richard Kennedy

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