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MATCH REPORT - FIRST TEAM v GREAT BLAKENHAM 14/01/2023


After a good victory last week we welcomed Great Blakenham to Carlton Park, another team in and around us in the table.


We again started slowly and it was our opponents who had the better of the early stages. However this week we did not let in an early goal, but instead after around 15 minutes we took the lead when Dan Keeble's long through ball was chased down by Joe Murphy, and the keepers clearance cannoned off Joe to allow him to pass into an open net.


That settled us down and we took control creating further chances with both Ryan Everington and Joe Miller going close. Blakenham continued to threaten on the break but we held firm.


On the half hour mark we got the crucial second goal through Ryan who curled a great shot into the top corner. The half ended 2-0.


We came out firing in the second half creating two great opportunities early on through Ryan and Joe Moore, before Kyle Messenger (sponsored by Ensors Accountants LLP) set up Joe Moore (sponsored by Xtra Time Sports Development) for our third goal.


Five minutes later we got a fourth goal as Kyle Messenger slotted past the keeper following an assist by Ryan.


With 15 minutes to go Will Stebbings (sponsored by R&R Carpentry) fired a great shot into the top corner following a pass from Kyle Messenger. Almost immediately after Joe Murphy beat his man at the bye line and crossed the ball for Charlie Felton (sponsored by The Kings Head, Yoxford) to tap in.


Our opponents then scored out of nowhere as a high shot from just inside our half held up in the wind and fell into the goal. As the skies darkened and rain started to fall they added a second to make it 6-2.


However there was still time for us to make it 7 Kyle Messenger's long shot squirmed under the keeper. Final score 7-2.


A fantastic result in difficult conditions which moves us to fourth in the table with games in hand over the two teams immediately above us. There were six different scorers today which shows we have have goals around the team, and it was pleasing that the players were disappointed to have let in two late goals which shows we are setting high standards.


Also pleasing is the number of supporters we are getting at home matches, helped today by postponed matches locally. On such a cold day I am sure they appreciated the hot drinks and snacks we provide during the match, and we celebrated the result in the bar afterwards.


The Reserves travelled to Bacton Utd 89 A but unfortunately were on the wrong end of a 7-4 score line. They managed to get back to 5-4 from being 5-1 down but couldn't quite complete the come back. Our goals were scored by Olly Seymour and Eddie Hadley (sponsored by M&R Cars) who got a brace each.


Next week sees the First team at home to Great Blakenham whilst the Reserves travel to Bacton Utd 89 A.



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