Hadleigh 1 Seasiders 5

Thurlow Nunn League

Premier Division

Tuesday 5th September 2017








You know that feeling you have when you first get to your holiday hotel, or cabin on your holiday cruise and you say to yourself “Let’s enjoy it while it lasts!” Well, that’s pretty much the feeling as I sit and write this report. As much as I, and I’m sure others, like to think we are going to win every league game this season, the reality button keeps getting pressed and the ‘revert to real world!’ sign comes up, so what we have to do is enjoy it while it lasts!


It was the eighth straight win at The Millfield on Tuesday night, a club record and whatever happens this season, a record which the management and players can be rightly proud of, hopefully it will continue for a while yet, so “Let’s enjoy it while it lasts!”

There was just one change to the starting line up from Saturday’s game, Jamal Wiggins coming into the starting line up with Josh Kerridge on the subs bench, but there were a few familiar faces in the Brettsiders squad. Last season’s reserve team captain Jamie Lewis was named in the starting XI, along with tricky front man Kyron Andrews, Lewis made 6 appearances in a Seasiders shirt last season, four of them from the bench while Kyron made 33 appearances, 17 starts plus 16 as sub, scoring 5 goals.

James Ross and Ash Veitch were named on the Brettsiders subs bench, along with Aaron Bull, who played his youth football at the Goldstar ground but never featured in the senior squad.

The game took a while to settle down with rain greeting the players from the start - the host’s Josh Cheetham worked hard up front trying to close down the Seasiders defence when in possession, and neither side really dominated the opening 15 minutes. The lion’s share of possession went to the visitors, other than a Joe Francis attempted lob over young ‘keeper Jamie Colcomb that cleared the home side’s bar by some distance, and a goalmouth scramble from a Scott Chaplin free kick.

The game came to life in the 26th minute when Taylor Hastings took exception to a tackle from behind and reacted in an aggressive manner, and although I never saw any fists or arms raised, it looked worth a caution, as did the initial challenge, but unless something happened that I missed, that was about it. The referee, after consulting his assistant, deemed it worthy of a red card and Hastings’ evening was over. Cheetham received a yellow card after being involved in the subsequent ruckus, although from the stand it was difficult to see clearly what had happened, but the game restarted after everyone had put their handbags away.

With the game now 11 v 10 it seemed to suit the Seasiders more and four minutes later they were ahead, Colcomb saved well from Jordy Matthews, conceding a corner and Stuart Ainsley’s flag kick to the far post was headed back into the centre of the goal by Rhys Barber for Miles Powell to stab the ball home at the second attempt. Six minutes later, it was 2-0 and again it was Powell on target after Jordy Matthews had worked the opening before crossing to the striker.

The home side did have appeals for a penalty waved away by the referee immediately after the break when Crump and Crisp clashed, but the visitors were now in charge and it seemed as though it was the home side who were a man short. Jamie Colcomb produced another excellent save to deny Matthews before James Gaffer brought Powell down from behind in the 50th minute, and this time it was a penalty which Joe Francis despatched clinically.

Nick Ingram, struggling to regain his goalscoring touch since his illness last season, went a long way to getting back to his best a minute after replacing Scott Chaplin on the hour. Stu Ainsley whipped in a superb cross from the left and with his first touch, Ingram lashed it past Colcomb from 12 yards.

Both sides used their complement of subs which generally broke the play up, Brett Crisp tried his luck from distance but it was well over Danny Crump’s bar and former Seasider Veitch headed just over the bar as well.

Powell completed his hat-trick in the 75th minute with a lob over Colcomb from outside the box that could well be a contender for goal of the season, but it was left to another ex Seasider to complete the scoring with Jamie Lewis curling a 25yard free kick into the top corner of Crump’s goal. Between the last two goals there was another red card, this time for Hadleigh’s Michael Barwick, who took a swing with his leg at Powell, fortunately not connecting but not leaving the referee too much choice about his decision.

It was win No 8 and now attention turns to Saturday, for what potentially could be the hardest game of the season, certainly the hardest to date when we travel over the border into Norfolk and Thetford Town, a side improving season on season - they have lost twice so far this season, neither at home and there is no doubt in anybody’s mind that we are in for a tough afternoon. They currently lie third in the table, five points adrift of ourselves, having played one game more. It’s going to be tight and we need all the support we can get - it’s been magnificent so far and was again on Tuesday, again outnumbering the home supporters at The Millfield. It’d be fantastic to fill Mundford Road with red & white again!  


Travel Notes

Due to renovation works at the Thetford ground, there is currently no access to the club car park. Please park in the Healthy Living Centre, and enter the ground via the gate behind the goal. Take the junction signposted to Croxton just before the ground, then it's first turning on the left into the car park.