Westerfield United

The Swans welcomed Grundisburgh to Rushmere and took all three points by virtue of a 1-0 victory. The three Stooges AKA Dave Clarke, Les Gooch and Paul Lazarus were amongst the decent crowd and Mr Clarke now has the ‘lucky charm’ mantel as we won the game. Westerfield had new signing Aaron Beal in goal after Kai Algar had decided to take a break from football. Kai has been an exemplary clubman and we wish him well. Josh Cook was the first ‘keeper in action, racing off his line to deny George Watson. Cameron Smith then saw his shot saved by Beal before the Swans took the lead when the home defence allowed Paul Seward’s free kick to bounce and George Watson reacted to well to outjump Cook and run the ball into an unguarded net. The visitors hit back and Eales was inches away from getting on the end of a dangerous cross from Laughlin that flew across the face of the Swans goal. Brad Culf then seized on a bad back pass but Cook blocked his effort. Grundisburgh’s best chance to equalise came early in the second half when Hobson raced through but with Beal in no man’s land tamely chipped his shot into the grateful ‘keepers’ arms. Chances after this were few and far between with defences on top in the main and neither goalkeeper were seriously troubled for the remainder of the game and the solitary first half goal was enough to give the Swans the points. In all honesty it wasn’t a great game, with both sides certainly giving their all but lacking a touch of finesse in the final third. Nevertheless, we have been in such games in the past and come out on the losing side so it was nice to take the three points from this one. With Nick Woolnough away, Paul Seward played alongside Adam Horn and the two formed a formidable barrier which Grundisburgh were unable to breach. Wadey also did well along with George Watson but Paul Seward got the nod for MOTM with a good all-round performance in which he hardly put a foot wrong. For Grundisburgh, Luke Reid looked a class act before having to retire with injury and Cameron Smith also showed up well for the visitors. My man of the match for them though was Niall Hobson who showed good movement, good touches and although ploughing a bit of a lone furrow up top worked very hard throughout the ninety minutes. A word too for the referee Mr Paul Staddon who had a great game in the middle, reffing with authority and common sense. As always nice to catch up with Micky Squirrel and ‘Leechy’ after the game and thanks also to Lee Prime for his photographs of the game. The reserves on the next pitch had what looked a tricky fixture against Fram reserves but played extremely well to run out 3-0 winners. Old war horse Gary Russell was persuaded out of retirement and not only helped the Swans keep a clean sheet but also found time to get up the other end and score with a looping header. Other scorers were Jack Tierney and Adam Potter and manager Sean Woods can be extremely pleased with the start his side have made. On the social front Big Phil’s first quiz and bingo night was well attended and a big thank you to all who attended and helped swell the Club’s coffers. We could still do with a few more faces but all in all a good start. Thanks, as always to sponsor Steve Smith not only for his attendance but his end of evening ‘heads and tails’ and his kind contribution of the monetary prize. Saturday sees the Swans first team visit Leiston St Margarets whilst the ressies are also on the road when they visit East Bergholt’s second string.

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Posted: Thursday, September 6 2018 by PHILIP GREENHALGH

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