Ransomes Sports

Ransomes Sports

The long-awaited start to the season arrived for both teams on Saturday, but not very much went according to plan and we ended up on the wrong end of the scorelines.
The first team unusually started their campaign with a home fixture, against newly-promoted Coddenham Athletic and despite some excellent build-up play, failed to find their touch – or luck – in the final third and drew a blank on the scoresheet, going down 0-2.
With only one senior player from last season in the Ransomes starting line-up, this is very much a revamped outfit that will soon find its way, I’m sure. Todd, T. Smith & Buckle all looked good on the day, David and M Smith forming a solid partnership, with young Liam Ablitt catching the eye with some terrific footwork and pace to match.
Both sides started well in a fast-paced game with few clear-cut opportunities and it was the visitors who opened the scoring after 20 minutes or so, when a neat turn in the box resulted in a clear trip on a Coddenham forward and Wythe duly despatched the penalty, despite a great effort from Deacon in the home goal.
Ransomes did start to look a bit more threatening for the remainder of the half, but just couldn’t convert the chances created.
The second half was a similar story with Ransomes going all-out for the equaliser, but despite some near things, it just wasn’t to be. Coddenham defended superbly at times and looked dangerous on the break on more than one occasion, as the home side pressed. In the closing stages, the visitors showed how it’s done when Gardiner came out on top of a one-on-one situation and very neatly lobbed the ball over Deacon to nail the win. Ransomes didn’t give up though, more close things, but just not our day. Well done to a well-organised Coddenham on their first 3 points in Division 1 and to referee Matt Oakley for a very consistent display.
The Reserves travelled to meet their Ufford counterparts and came away a bit shell-shocked after losing 5-1. The Reserves pre-season has been a very successful one and we were all a bit surprised – and disappointed – by the result. Missing a few key players admittedly, but nevertheless, Manager Muckle and the boys no doubt went to Ufford confident and full of expectation, so will be smarting a bit from the defeat. Veron Procter was on target for what was a consolation goal, but still a goal – the only one we can take from the weekend, so we are grateful for that!
This Saturday sees the 1st team at home again, this time against long-standing friends, Old Newton, while the Reserves are on the road again, this time to equally long-standing friends at Grundisburgh.
Both games kick off at 2.30pm.
Everything crossed for happier outcomes this time!
The Lone Ranger

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Posted: Monday, September 10 2018 by Alan McDougall

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