No Inter As' match yesterday and so full attention was focused on the Seniors' home match against the vastly improved Leiston St Margaret's Seniors.
Recent adverse weather conditions had meant that attention to the maintenance of the Salmet Close pitch had been affected and it is to the credit of Achilles' managers, Luke Hillyard, and Andy Coote, and senior player, Matty Ryland, for lending a hand to the Pauls Sports & Social Club's management in pre-match preparation.
Yesterday's match was sponsored by Rosemary Shorten, the widow of former longstanding Achilles' activist, John (the original "Trojan"), who over many seasons played for the Club at hockey, cricket and, indeed, football, before carrying out a multitude of admin' duties in addition to his political commitments to the Borough Council. Many thanks, Rosemary, for your continued interest and support and it was lovely for, particularly, yours truly and Achilles' stalwart, John Deasy, to welcome you to the second half proceedings.
Our visitors clearly came with a game plan to frustrate our in-form forwards and, with the assistance of the bar and posts, this certainly worked for the first 30 minutes or so at which point the (otherwise) excellent referee surprised everyone by awarding Achilles a penalty, duly converted by Liam Hillyard. In their less frequent attacks Leiston were then awarded the same for an obvious trip, brilliantly saved by Shaun Chaplin but converted on the rebound. A brief flurry then brought two more Achilles' goals before the break, and a further strike immediately after the break raised the score to 4-1. To the credit of Leiston they came back to reduce the deficit but, in the next 20 minutes or so, intricate forward play saw three more Achilles' goals including a bullet header by the diminutive, Lee Grimwood, to produce a final 7-2 scoreline.
In some ways the final score was a bit tough on our visitors, particularly their youthful, and outstanding, 'keeper but that's how it goes and the outcome was three more points, an even better goal difference, and a secure second position in the Senior League table. Marksmen were Liam Hillyard (4), David Grimwood, Lee Grimwood, and Gavin Van Oene.
Next Saturday the Seniors make the short journey to Greshams for the away fixture against Coplestonians while the Inter As welcome Framlingham Town's reserves to Salmet Close.
Posted: Sunday, February 5 2017 by Dave Morgan
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