Claydon FC

Claydon FC

Following two opening home victories I concluded last week’s club notes by advising that I felt we would experience more ‘ups than downs’ during our first season back in the Senior Division. Well, last week we experienced our first ‘down’ as we came away from Bourne Vale with no points, despite deserving at least a share of them (in my opinion) against FHU.

We were without Fat Messi (aka Chaplin) and decided to give young Mackie his chance, Webb switched to the bench where he was joined by Africa Time (Lapworth) and The Chef (Johnson). The first 15mins gave us reason to be excited about our chances as we ripped into FHU, creating several good chances, but not taking them. Mackie missed a gilt-edged chance when he found himself clean through with just the keeper to beat, but perhaps with too much time to weigh up his options, he considered every available one before blasting over! We did go ahead during this period of pressure when Knock collected the ball in the box to fire home. Sadly, thereafter we inexplicably eased up and found that against an experienced Senior side, that’s completely daft. FHU gradually grew into the game, before a scrambled equaliser and then a precise finish in a crowded box gave them a 2-1 lead at HT. I felt we should’ve defended both goals better but considering the prolific Tye Webb somehow missed from a yard out during that half, we were grateful to come in only a goal adrift. What followed second half was a truly frustrating and largely unwatchable affair that saw our hosts show all their experience to break up the game, annoy, upset us and then control the game. They could’ve gone further ahead but a linesman’s flag rightly ruled out Webb’s effort. We simply didn’t do enough to get back into the game and too often gave the ball away or chose the wrong option. Knock almost rescued a point when his superb shot from the edge of the box drew a top notch save from the FHU keeper. FHU were reduced to 10 men after their skipper picked up a second yellow (perhaps unfairly) but FHU defended very well thereafter and took all three points.

I was disappointed with the result but was reminded by Shane that we are a young team and that these type of defeats are part of their learning, with several of our lads putting in a half decent shift. However, I really didn’t enjoy Saturday and I felt that despite FHU’s experience and resilience, they were definitely beatable. Add in the arguing, swearing and other unnecessary nonsense on show, and I was left wondering why we (or at least some) bother giving up their Saturday afternoons. However, as I said we are learning and we need to show we can bounce back, especially as our next test sees the current Senior Champions Achilles visiting the Circle. Mr Hillyard has an excellent team at his disposal and tomorrow will be a huge test for us. However, when seeking Senior football we wanted to play the best and tomorrow we will face arguably the best team in Senior football. We are expecting a big crowd tomorrow and the café will be open for anyone wanting refreshments whilst viewing what we hope will be a decent game.

Last week wasn’t just about us, as the club is now fielding 3 men’s team, with the reserves and the new A team also in action. Brillo’s reserves were involved in a crazy goal fest at the Circle where they eventually overcame Kesgrave reserves 8-5. I can only assume both teams adopted an all out attack mindset with defending low on both team’s agenda. The returning Harper got 3, new signing Moore 2 with Cannings, Copping and an OG providing our goals. The new A team were left frustrated and disappointed in their first game, losing 3-2 to Saxmundham Reserves. Vipond getting both goals for us. A disappointed Fordy should take heart as his young team will be fine this season as no doubt Fordy’s infectious enthusiasm and drive will translate to performances that secure a regular points haul through the season. They’ll need to play well tomorrow as they head to one of the potential promotion candidates Hope Church. No game for the Reserves tomorrow.

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Posted: Friday, September 7 2018 by Richard Kennedy

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