Wivenhoe 0 Seasiders 8

Thurlow Nunn League

Premier Division

Tuesday 22nd November 2017

 

It’s never easy to write about a win of such magnitude as this one - it’s not Sunday League football, nor is it junior football as I would describe the game below step 7. While everyone in the Seasiders camp is happy with the result, I think there would be far more satisfaction had the opposition been somewhere near the Seasiders in the Premier Division table, rather than rock bottom and looking relegation in the face, unless they can turn a pretty disastrous season around.

To the home side’s credit, they never gave up, and tried to make a game of it in the second half and with some vociferous support urging them on, they gave a fair account of themselves. The Seasiders’ goal was never seriously threatened, but the Dragons did try to play football and moved the ball about well in patches.

The night was more about Scott Chaplin, who took star billing with his four goals, the third of which could well be in contention for goal of the season, assisted by Danny Crump in the Seasiders’ goal. That said, I have put a request in to the management that Scott be banned from shooting from outside the area, as it takes too long to recover the ball from outside the ground!

It was clear from the kick-off that this was going to be a long night for the home side, who conceded the first corner of the night in the opening ten seconds, and with six minutes on the clock it was 1-0, with Chaplin finishing a sharp move with a close range effort after Joe Francis had got into the Wivenhoe area and picked out Craig Jennings, who squared the ball to Chaplin for a simple finish.

Four minutes later, it was 2-0 with Josh Kerridge scoring at the far post from Stuart Boardley’s corner, and it was three with 15 minutes on the clock when Liam Daniels, who was a late replacement for Aaron Reid between the posts, blocked Kye Ruel’s initial shot and Chaplin following up tucked the rebound away.

At that point, the game was over as a contest, although the home side had a couple of forays into the Seasiders’ area, with Kyle Binns seeing his shot blocked on the line and Tom Moore having a free kick 20 yards out in a central position blocked by the defensive wall before being cleared.

Joe Francis, who had the freedom of the pitch, popped up on the left in the 22nd minute and put Craig Jennings clear of the home defence with a measured pass, and as Daniels advanced to cut the angle down, Jennings lifted the ball over him from the angle of the area to watch it nestle in the corner of the net.

It was pretty much one-way traffic, although a snapshot from distance by Harry Willoughby gave Crump a piece of the action, but there was no pace on the ball to really test him, and as the first half drew to a close, Josh Kerridge added his second of the night and the Seasiders 5th with a drilled shot from the edge of the area.

The Dragons started the second half with more enterprise, trying to carry the ball into the Seasiders’ half with some success, but their final efforts were wayward and failed to find the target. They did create a golden chance in the 56th minute from a free kick taken by their best player, Tom Moore, that arrived at Harry Willoughby’s feet eight yards out, but he somehow managed to lift the ball over Crump’s bar and the stand behind the goal.

The goal of the night came just after the hour when Danny Crump punted the ball downfield and Scott Chaplin collected and carried the ball into the Dragons’ area, showing a deft bit of footwork to slip one defender and rounding another before firing into the net from a tight angle.

The goal completed Chaplin’s hat-trick, but he still found time for one more, finishing a move in the 73rd minute to make it seven, and he might well have had a 5th, but rattled the Wivenhoe cross bar and Craig Jennings following up headed the ball back in, but this time below the bar for the Seasiders’ eighth.

There was the usual flurry of substitutes, with both sides using their full allocation and a yellow card for Moore after a clumsy challenge on Stef Mallardo.

There will be tougher days to come, almost certainly starting on Saturday at Brantham, as the sides meet for the third time this season. Hopefully see you all there!