Part two of the back to back matches with Ipswich Athletic saw us visit the excellent facilities at Bourne Vale and meet up with old mates Jimmy Marjoram and Glen Bradlaugh. These two guys have put endless hours of their time into keeping Athletic going and along with a few others are the unsung heroes at the club who are now facing a battle to stay in the Senior Division. As I mentioned in last week’s notes they now have a new management team in place and these guys are full of enthusiasm and desire to see their lads perform on the pitch. I really enjoyed the touchline banter with them and hope that if they do go down they absolutely stick with it as I am sure they have the ability to build a strong squad and come straight back up. Even at 5-0 down and 10 minutes to go on Saturday they were still encouraging their lads to play football, so this looks to bode well for Athletic in the medium term.
So to the match itself. We started with Nathan Woolard back in midfield and Froudy on the bench and Blades, Lyndon, Tye and Mo up front, so a very attacking formation. Within 3 minutes we were one up with James Blades firing home from close range and we then contrived to miss a hat full of chances as we totally dominated our opponents, although they did miss one golden opputunity to equalize when Ronaldo Wright headed over fron close range. It was not until the 42nd minute that we netted again when after James Blades was brought down by the home keeper, Nathan Woolard dispatched the spot kick in his usual calm manner. HT 0-2.
We were again on the front foot in the second half and apart from the odd long range effort stand in keeper Yarpy had very little to do. We scored 4 more goals in the second period, the pick of which was a stunning 30 yard rocket from Ali Brett who had also forced a defender into an own goal a few minutes earlier. Tye Webb and Blades again completed the scoring in a very comfortable win and with news from Greshams that Cops had defeated Achilles in a 9 goal thriller it certainly was a good afternoon for all at Cranes, eclipsed only by the heroics of the England Rugby team a couple of hours later!!
So another three points in the bag but some tough games ahead and all to play for. MOTM for me was Jon Ince who had another imperious game at left back always looking to drive (or in his case glide) forward and support the attack. He really has fitted well into the club and has made that position his own with consistently high performances week in week out. Ali Brett also stood out when he came on as a second half sub and showed his undoubted class on the ball.
Next week it’s Bob Coleman Cup action with a very tough game at Claydon who are having a great season in Division One and who can now also boast having the groundsman of the year, so it will be good to play on his well-prepared surface and also to meet up I am sure with some old faces who are now involved with trying to get Claydon into the lofty heights of Senior football. Looking forward to that, 2pm kick off for this game.
EARL OF UFFORD
Posted: Wednesday, February 15 2017 by Andy Pearce
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