Worrying times for Westerfield first team as we slipped to a 3-0 defeat at the hands of Stanton, a result which sees us drop back into the bottom two with Grundisburgh winning their game against Wenhaston. With skipper Nick Woolnough out with a nasty foot injury sustained last week, Berky in Barcelona and Nick Richardson also unavailable, Ed Ellis came back in with Ian Gosling and Byron Banthorpe both restored to the starting lineup. In an open first half we played some good football but credit to Stanton who put their bodies in the way of at least two goal bound efforts. The electric pace of Campbell up front for Stanton was causing the Swans defence problems and it was he who put the home side ahead when looking suspiciously offside raced into the box before unleashing an angled shot which looked like it took a slight deflection to send it past DJ. A great tackle from Craig prevented Campbell from breaking through again and DJ pulled off a couple of decent saves as well. Play was pretty even though and we looked at half-time to have every chance of pulling the game round. We started the second half on the front foot and Ed Ellis saw his speculative volley just clear the bar. Wadey then played a delightful ball to Ian Gosling who found himself through on goal but Cole in the Stanton goal made a terrific block. Then a half volley from Wadey hit the post and it was all Westerfield at this point. Scott Ramsay replaced Isaac Keinzley and nearly had an instant impact when he was put clean through but once again Cole spread himself well and Scott’s shot ricocheted off his legs to safety. We were made to pay for these misses when a long ball out of the Stanton defence found Campbell in acres of space and he slotted past DJ to double the home side’s lead. This was a poor goal to concede from our point of view and visibly deflated the Swans players as we had up to that point dominated the second half. Five minutes later it was game over when following a corner by Bolton the ball was headed back across goal into the path of Jackson who smashed home from close range. Understandably I suppose, some heads dropped after this and DJ made another couple of good saves as Stanton buoyed by their two quick goals were now oozing confidence. Ed could have reduced the arrears when he went through one on one but once again Cole was defiant and saved his effort. Campbell hit the bar late on and soon after the final whistle sounded and once again the Swans were left to reflect on what might have been. It’s an old cliché I know but goals change games and had we scored from even one of our two one on ones when we were well on top then the game may well have had a different outcome. Spreads understandably was a bit down after the game but despite this defeat he is doing everything possible to try to revive things and the tide must surely turn soon. In my view this was a far better performance than the previous week but we really do need to take our chances when they arrive and at the other end stop conceding poor goals. As a spectacle, this was a good game to watch with Cordell Jackson and Liam Bolton both having good games for Stanton. Also Anthony Cole, the home custodian made saves at vital times during the second half and also deserves a mention. Michael Campbell though was my choice for Stanton’s man of the match, with two well taken goals and good movement throughout keeping the Swans defence on their toes all afternoon. As for the Swans, I think most of the players had reasonable games, DJ again making some good saves and there were also good performances from Wadey and Culfie. Craig Stuart was my choice for man of the match, he really looked classy at the back, making some vital tackles and distributing the ball accurately ninety five percent of the time. A mention also for Brian Chapman who once again gave a faultless display in the middle, using good sense as always and getting most decisions spot on. I do still think that Campbell’s first goal was offside but when a player is that quick it is difficult to judge in a split second and I am sure the assistant only gave what he saw. When you’re down the bottom these decisions sure seem to always go against you though. The reserves had a tricky looking fixture away to Framlingham but returned home with the points with a 2-0 victory with goals from Simmo and Jason Ramsay. With Hoxne losing to Bergholt, things are tight at the top but we are still heading the table and things are looking rosy. Bunza will submit more details of the game later in the week. Big Phil’s Quiz & Bingo night which had to be cancelled last week will now take place Friday 17th February (7.30 for 8.00 start). Also don’t forget to buy your tickets for the Casino night which is on the 4th March. Tickets available from Spreads, Shane or Big Phil. Next week sees the first team entertain Stanton at Rushmere whilst the reserves travel to Bacton for their quarter final tie in the ‘Goals of Ipswich’ cup.
Posted: Sunday, February 5 2017 by PHILIP GREENHALGH
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