Pre-Season Friendlies

The final pre-season record stands at

P5 W2 D1 L2 F11 A7

We had six different scorers, which is an encouraging sign and attracted over 1400 spectators to the five games.

Seasiders 2 Norwich United 3

Saturday 29th July 2017

Att: 183

The Seasiders completed the pre-season fixtures in defeat against the Planters from the Bostik (North) League, who finished 8th in the table last season and would possibly have been in contention the play-off spot had they not had 3 points deducted for an administrative error.

The last time the sides met (in April last year) the game ended 2-0 in the Seasiders favour, although at the time the Planters were pretty much confirmed as champions and on their way to promotion.

It meant another competitive game for the side against strong opposition, and again there was a good turn out on the terrace to watch the team in action - the pitch looked in excellent nick, and the whole place (as one pundit put it) looked like a proper football ground!

Of the game itself, it was a competitive affair, although neither side were diving into tackles but both showed a competitive edge throughout the 90 minutes. The Seasiders had the best of the first 45 minutes, with the Planters having the best of the second half exchanges. Rhys Barber powered home a header from a corner after just 8 minutes, but it was all square 12 minutes later after Danny Crump had parried an initial shot, but Wills nodded his side level from close range.

Craig Jennings was upended in the Planters area five minutes before the break, and Joe Francis stepped up to score from 12 yards. Mackie again levelled the score ten minutes into the second period, and with 16 minutes left Adam Hipperson got what proved to be the winner with a cracking finish after cutting in from the right. The visitors finished the game looking the stronger side, but it was a good work out for the Seasiders as they now get ready to host Brantham in the FA Cup next Saturday.

Nick Ingram, Dan Davis and Stefano Mallardo were all missing from the squad through injury, two of them minor, but Stef Mallardo’s knee injury could be more serious - he is awaiting a scan on his right knee to see the extent of the damage.

Our thanks to Oliver Morris-Sanders and his team for officiating, and we wish them all a successful season dressed in black.

Our thanks also to Norwich United for providing testing opposition, and we wish them well for their second season in the Isthmian (Bostik) North League.

Seasiders Squad: Danny CRUMP, Sheridan DRIVER, Stuart AINSLEY, Jamal WIGGINS, Rhys BARBER, Josh KERRIDGE, Miles POWELL, Scott CHAPLIN, Craig JENNINGS, Jordan MATTHEWS, Joe FRANCIS, Callum BENNETT, Stuart BOARDLEY, Kyle BIRCHFIELD.

  

Seasiders 2 Woodbridge Town  0

Tuesday 25th July 2017

Att 170

The Pre-Season programme continued yesterday evening (25th July) with the visit of neighbours Woodbridge Town, who currently play their football in Division One. But based on last night’s performance, that may be for just one more season, as they provided a good test for the Seasiders with a young squad that included a few older heads to steady the sometimes over exuberance of youth.

Again, another decent crowd turned out to watch, matching Saturday’s attendance against Ilford, and they will not have left disappointed, no matter which side they were supporting.

It was a different test for the Seasiders compared with the earlier games that have been against the same or higher level opposition, last evening they were tested against a side willing to put themselves about a bit, and at times found themselves physically stretched with the Woodpeckers willing to chase seemingly lost causes, no doubt bolstered by the game being against what they might term as ‘local opposition’.

There were no goals at the break mainly thanks to Danny Crump, who pulled off a couple of fine saves to deny the Woodpeckers, while the Seasiders went close on a couple of occasions when Joe Francis got to the bye-line and showed his quality with a couple of crosses that flew unchallenged, tantalisingly across the Woodpeckers’ goal-mouth. Main talking point of the half was a challenge that left Stef Mallardo prone for several minutes before limping out of the action with a damaged knee that could well see him miss Saturday’s final pre-season game, and even throw doubts on the season opener a week later.

The second half saw the home side take a firmer grip on the game, with Sheridan Driver heading them in front in the 55th minute and Nick Ingram doubling the tally from the penalty spot after Joe Francis had been halted abruptly by Alfie Strong, when he pushed the ball past the ‘keeper as he broke clear before clattering into the custodian.

While Woodbridge created a few decent chances, one in particular drawing a top class save from Danny Crump at point blank range in the second half, overall the Seasiders looked in control of that game after the break, when frequent changes in personnel broke up the flow of the game and no doubt the management will have been pleased knowing they don’t have a best XI but probably a best 17 or 18, confident of a decent performance whatever the starting line-up may be, and with a 46 game league season ahead they will certainly need a strong squad.

Our thanks go to Woodbridge Town for providing the opposition and we wish them well for the forthcoming campaign in Division One, based on last night’s performance they will definitely be there, or thereabouts come next May. Good luck for the future, guys!

Our thanks also to Andy Gray and his assistant referees, Andy certainly had a busier time than his last outing at the Goldstar when he officiated in the Ipswich Town game on the official opening day.

It’s on to Saturday now for our final pre-season fixture, when we play host to Norwich United, who now play their football in the newly named Bostik (North) league. Kick-Off is 3pm with all the usual facilities available. Gates open at 1pm, along with the bar!

 

Our thanks to Paul Leech for his permission to use his photographs from last evening.

Seasiders Squad:

Danny CRUMP, Sheridan DRIVER, Stuart AINSLEY, Jamal WIGGINS, Rhys BARBER, Stefano MALLARDO, Craig JENNINGS, Josh KERRIDGE, Nick INGRAM, Jordy MATTHEWS, Joe FRANCIS, Scott CHAPLIN, Stuart BOARDLEY, Matt COLLINS, Miles POWELL, Callum BENNETT.

 

Seasiders 5 Ilford 1

Saturday 22nd July 2017

Att 170

The Seasiders continued their build up for the 2017/18 season with the third Pre-Season game, playing hosts to newly reinstated Ilford FC to the Essex Senior League, following some financial problems. The east London outfit brought two full squads for the ‘double header’ encounter and both had good run outs on a pitch in pristine condition, bolstered by a warm sunny afternoon, although the weather deteriorated as the day wore on.

In the first game which kicked-off at 1pm the Foxes under 23/reserve side ran out comfortable winners against Aren Howell’s youthful looking Seasiders, the match ending 5-1 in Ilford’s favour.

The main match kicked off at 3pm and again it was a 5-1 result, this time very much in the Seasiders favour, and the 170 or so spectators will have been impressed with what they saw from the home side.

Right: Joe Francis

It took a while to get going, but two goals in a minute just before the half time break set the game up for an excellent second 45 minutes from the Seasiders, with plenty impressed by close season signing Joe Francis, who looks an exciting addition to the squad, weighing in with a couple of goals, one from the penalty spot.

Ilford took the lead from a corner with a bullet header that gave little chance to young Ryan Garnham, who produced an impressive display between the posts.

Nick Ingram brought the sides level within 90 seconds, firing home from the penalty spot after Callum Bennett had been upended in the Ilford box.

The second half was very much the Seasiders as they added four more goals, a second from Nick Ingram, a brace from Joe Francis (1 x pen) and a fine strike from the effervescent Jordy Matthews, making the scoreline a comfortable one and the performance impressive. The supporters had the opportunity to have a good look at summer signing Stefano Mallardo, and Stuart Boardley, who made a couple of cameo appearances at the end of last season when less than fully fit, but now looking much sharper and as one of the spectators was heard to say ‘that No4 can play a bit!’

Credit to Ilford, who did extremely well to produce two competitive sides after going through the turmoil of being voted out of the ESL, losing many players and then being reinstated on appeal and we wish them well for the season ahead!

Above:Stefano Mallardo

Our thanks also to Stuart Franklin and his team of officials, they didn’t have too much to do in fairness, with no controversies to deal with, but hopefully they too got a full afternoon’s practice and we wish them a good season ahead.

Seasider Squad

Ryan GARNHAM, Callum BENNETT, Stuart AINSLEY, Stuart BOARDLEY, Rhys BARBER, Dan DAVIS, Miles POWELL, Josh KERRIDGE, Nick INGRAM, Scott CHAPLIN, Joe FRANCIS, Stefano MALLARDO, Jordy MATTHEWS, Jamal WIGGINS, Craig JENNINGS, Kyle BIRCHFIELD.

Next up we host Woodbridge Town on Tuesday evening - Kick-Off 6:45pm (Please note early kick-off!)

 

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Seasiders 2 Leiston 3

Saturday 15th July 2017

Att  270

In an altogether more competitive game than the previous week, the match ended with a narrow win for the visitors who will be playing in the Bostik (Isthmian) League Premier Division this season.

Having grabbed a two goal first half lead through Nick Ingram & Craig Jennings, the Seasiders were pegged back before the break when Docherty pulled a goal back and in a second half dominated by the visitors Pelling & Marsden found the net to give Leiston what was in reality, a fairly comfortable win!

Both sides were missing players although Leiston’s Chris Henderson gave a masterclass in midfield play with the Seasiders most affected with Dan Davis, Joe Francis, Jordy Matthews, Josh Kerridge & Scott Chaplin all absent.

For those on parade it was a good run out in front of a decent crowd and now it’s on to next week when Essex Senior League Ilford FC are the visitors for a double header.

 

 

Cranes Sports V Seasiders

Tuesday 11th July

This match was cancelled due to the Cranes pitch being waterlogged after heavy rain throughout the day

 

Seasiders 0 Ipswich Town U23’s 0

Saturday 8th July 2017

Att:650

The first warm up game gave both sides a good run out as it followed on from the official opening of the new clubhouse.

The opening had preceded the match both chronologically & in importance on the day and the game proved to be not too much more than a good 90 minutes’ exercise for both teams. The game ended goal-less although both sides had a few opportunities over the 90 minutes but did offer the excellent crowd turn out a few glimpses of what to expect over the season. An excellent afternoon, a not too competitive match and an opportunity to see what will hopefully be the future of Ipswich Town over the coming years while also familiarising  ourselves Kevin & Watty’s 2017/18 squad.