East Bergholt United
So firstly an overall apology for the lack of notes so far this season – hopefully people still read them with interest! This week we welcomed League A favourites Hoxne and it was with interest that I had read their notes after our cup win over at their place a few weeks ago. Seemingly they had rested a number of players, holding their cards close for the league encounter. I must say that seems a slightly bizarre way to approach things at this level, so was it to be just a lucky cup win for us, or could we carry the form into the league meeting against their regular superstars. The game started with a cup final feel to it, both sides hyped up and slightly on edge – however I felt we were coping with the occasion well and probably the better of the two sides. Dave Pettman and Jay Downs were both commanding in midfield and got us playing, however it was to be from our effort and determination that we took the lead – the evergreen Gedny (now sporting a magnitude of supporting straps, pads, tape etc.) was quick to pressurise a dawdling goalkeeper and was able to not only block the clearance but quickly bring it under control and slot across to the on-rushing Nathan Smith who calmly slotted home into the empty net. It was good to see Nathan get a much deserved goal, his attitude and commitment since joining the green boys this year is to be admired, as is his other half! Back to footballing matters, I was happy enough to take in a 1-0 lead at half time, generally containing a lively Hoxne front line and reducing them only to half chances. Sam was in commanding form in goal, confidently claiming corners and gathering anything that did make its way through to him. Just before the break our endeavours were again to be rewarded, Nathan picking up the ball on the right corner of the 18 yard box and floating in an inch perfect cross for Jay Downs to deftly flick his header into the bottom corner. Spirits were high at half time and although it hadn’t been the best footballing spectacle we had produced this season, we felt fully justified in our lead. We were very much aware that the same level of commitment and effort had to be there for the next 45 knowing the dangers of a full strength Hoxne side who have already amassed an enviable goal difference this term. As to be expected we had to work extremely hard and maintain our discipline, the ever aggressive Matt Hayward marshalled things at the back, alongside the ever steady Leigh Moughton. The pace of Biondi and Spinner out wide was defensive first, attack second but still being used to good effect. Up-top Geds and Nathan held the ball up and brought the midfield into play admirably. Also noteworthy performers were our fullbacks Jimmy Moughton and Andrew “Angry Man” Cuthbertson, with plenty of pace down the flanks they both managed to keep the Hoxne wingers at bay. We fought hard and got our final goal in the closing moments through an excellent solo display of guile and skill from Bondi Beach who beat 2 men before smashing a low shot into the far corner for a 3-0 win. Note of thanks young lads Fraser Carroll and Luke Taylor who only got a few minutes between them (both up and coming talents) and also to Brendan “when I grow up I want to be like you Jarvo” Burgess, providing some excellent touchline support. Hoxne would have gone away disappointed but they could not argue with the result in a game that was played in the right manner and well controlled by referee Les King. For a good bunch of lads, it was a shame the Hoxne contingent were not able to afford us a bit more time and join for a drink at the bar, we know it’s a long journey but I’m sure they’ll appreciate that clubs rely on such support to keep running. A tall order lies ahead of us, but we are still in the race at the top of League A and in the Goals of Ipsiwch cup, hopefully an exciting end to the season awaits!
Posted: Monday, February 6 2017 by Cieran Dadds
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