It was a turbulent week at the club with the shock news of manager Jason Cook resigning after just 1 game in charge to take over Anglian Combination side Bungay Town. With a difficult trip to highly fancied Wickham Market assistant Ashley Henderson & physio Barry Riches took charge of the side. It remains to be seen if they are staying along with newly appointed managers in club legend Luke Reid & Alex Day after a short stay away after 3 years as manager. We didn't get off to a good start with Ash Davis conceding a 10th minute penalty with a rash challenge that Brendon Heath put straight down the middle to open the scoring. John Kerridge then hit a brilliant well placed shot into the top corner from the edge of the box & we were on the ropes. Our first chance came when Zac Eales cross from the left saw Virgilio Leitao head just wide. We survived any further damage despite Wickham well on top & Heath hit a firm drive just over the bar. We got a lifeline 4 minutes before the break when Warren Smith on the left wing put a defence splitting ball over the top of the home defence & Zac Eales buried his shot past Curtis Pryke in goal. Aaron Seaman flew down the right & his strong run took him to the edge of the box to cross & Eales prodded 1st time narrowly wide.The 2nd half started with us well on top, Leitao saw the ball drop to him invitingly 20 yards & his powerful shot was well blocked by a Wickham defender. We then turned the game on it's head with goals on 50 & 60 mins to take the lead as Wickham had no answer to our flowing football. Leitao on the run hit a powerful shot on the run that Pryke turned behind at full stretch with a fine save. Steward’s corner from the left dropped to Ash Davis to hit a screaming volley from the edge of the box to rocket into the top corner for a spectacular goal. Then Virgilio Leitao brilliantly lost his man on the edge of the box to fly past Crowfoot & another defender, but with just Pryke to beat he elected to cross & the ball was cleared. Leitao was causing Wickham no end of trouble & his excellent through ball put George Steward into the box left hand side to turn inside Sam Cooper to coolly curl a shot past Pryke into the far bottom corner. Kerridge on the run, shot well over 25 yards out for a stunned Wickham. We had a let off on 71 mins when sub Alex Greggor forced his way through 2 tackles before thumping a rising drive past Lewis Riches in goal to crash down off the underside of the bar before bouncing out, with strong home appeals that the ball had crossed the line. The game turned again on 75 minutes with a contentious penalty given by referee Kitson for holding by sub Bruno Binder inside the box, with no appeals players reactions are normally a good indicator. Heath showed no mercy slotting home from the spot. 2 mins later Wickham went ahead Leitao’s pass went straight to Kerridge, who slotted Heath inside the box to square to Michael Crowfoot to tap home yards out. Zac Eales lost his head on 83 mins to end the game in the sin bin, before on 86 mins Binder gave away his 2nd penalty after getting the wrong side of Greggor to pull him down. Heath slotted the spot kick down the middle to complete his hat trick of penalties & a misleading 5-3 win as we lost our discipline & ended the match with 9 men. This happened in the final minute after George Steward rightly saw a red card for a late reckless challenge on Shaun Jordan. Considering what the players had to deal with leading up to the game & going 2 down, they showed tremendous spirit to turn the game around. Motm was Leitao who gave the home defence a hard time with some lovely turns with power & good set up play. We hope the players stay & give the new managers a chance to show what they can do. Luke Reid other than a few little spells away has been at the club since 2006 a rare commodity in today’s football. A well respected player, who has struggled badly with injuries in the past 3 years. He will run it with ex manager of 3 years Alex Day, who loves the club immensely & the players do likewise, all the best chaps. Grundisburgh Reserves progressed into Round 2 of the Divisional Cup after defeating AFC Kesgrave “A” team 6-0 at the Playing Field. Grundisburgh came out of the blocks and created numerous chances before Jack Garnham cut in from the right and his shot deceived Aaron Porteous in the AFC goal and nestled in the corner of the net, it was soon 2-0 when a great through ball from Joe Gregory found Bradley Beaumont who fired the ball past Porteous from 18 yards out. On the stroke of half time it was nearly 3-0 when Adam Kelly burst into the box, but as he got his shot away he was challenged from behind by Archie Hall who received a yellow card for the tackle but no penalty instead a corner was given! So 2-0 at half time to Grundisburgh and fully deserved. The second half started with AFC coming out more determined and could have reduced the deficit on 50 minutes but Callum Johnson pulled off a smart save to deny Lucas Domingos. However 2-0 soon became 4-0 when firstly Beaumont fired another fine effort into the top corner from 20 yards after great work from Euan Childs and then Jensen Squirrell found some space inside the box to calmly finish. Owen Richardson then tested Johnson in the Grundisburgh goal before Beaumont completed his hat trick with a header from a Jack Garn cross. The sixth Grundisburgh goal came on 85 minutes, a nice inter change between Garn and Hassan down the left before Hassan’s cross was met perfectly by Brad Hughes header that flew into the net. So Grundisburgh progressed into the next round where they will have a very difficult game at home to Division 3 side Occold. Credit must be given to a youthful AFC Kesgrave team for not giving in and still trying to play football right until the final whistle.
No 1st team game again this week, Reserves are at home to Claydon 'A'. MS

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Posted: Tuesday, September 10 2019 by Micky Squirrell

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