We welcomed a new look Ipswich Athletic to Greshams with them having just merged their playing and management staff with the now defunct Stage Event Security. They included in their line-up former Crane Marcus Josiah who on his day is a handful for any defence, so we knew that with the new team wanting to impress their management we had to be at our best. We had virtually a full squad to pick from apart from the ill Rigga, so Yarpy did a fine impression in goal and almost managed to fill the giant flouresent kit!!. We huffed and puffed for the first 20 minutes and clearly Athletic were up for the task and competed for every ball and against the run of play they took the lead when after a corner was cleared the ball was delivered back into our box and an Athletic player back heeled in a sneaky goal (or was it an own goal..Coops??) We then quickly equalised, after perhaps our best move of the half, Lyndon Dowson Alexander finished in style guiding the ball past the visiting keeper. The same player then made it two just before half time when he tapped home from two yards out after fine approach play by James Blades and Tye Webb and a close range finish from Tye send us into half time 3-1 up.
We looked better in the second half with Leigh Cooper and the two Harry's bossing midfield and went 4-1 up when after a lightening counter attack Coops beautifully steered homed a great goal into the bottom corner. Athletic’s keeper made a couple of superb saves to keep the score respectable and after that play became even for a while as Athletic came more into the game, but we continued to pass the ball around and completed a comfortable victory. We did miss several chances, hit the post twice and also the visiting keeper made some great saves but the three points keeps us in contention with the top two and well in the race for our third title on the trot. Certainly not our best performance of the season but solid and committed. For me, Ross Rands got the vote for MOTM with an all action display and again young Harry Cole showed he is very comfortable on the ball and wins a lot of the all-important loose balls in the midfield.
We have a back to back fixture next week as we again play Ipswich Athletic at Bourne Vale and they will be desperate to avenge this week’s result I am sure. I liked the look of their set up with an enthusiastic management team and some good young players and whilst they have a battle on their hands to retain their senior status I am sure that the new regime will do all they can to get points on the board.
EARL OF UFFORD
Posted: Monday, February 6 2017 by Andy Pearce
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