Seasiders 3 Long Melford 0

Thurlow Nunn League

Premier Division

Saturday 9th December 2017

Pictures Stan Baston, Match Report Chris Ryan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One door closes, another door opens, as they say. I’ve read recently how sides have been depleted through injury, not at full strength etc… in some cases used as a reason for defeat against us. So I give full credit to Long Melford, who published their match report of our game on Saturday, declaring they were short of players, but not using it as an excuse. We too, were short of players, seven of whom might well expect to be first choice selections if fit and available - having played 145 games between them so far this season, and responsible for 34 of the 92 goals scored to date.

                 We passed the mid-way point of the season a couple of weeks ago, and recorded our 23rd win on Saturday in a 46 game season after just 25 games, a fantastic record for any club. We are first in the goalscoring charts at step 5 and our points per game average is up there with the best in non-league nationwide, plus our average gate is equal to or better than most at Step 3 & 4 of the non-league pyramid. BUT, for all that, we have won nothing!

I don’t think anyone on the management team or committee is getting carried away with things… we are where we are, and we have a long, long way to go yet. Let’s enjoy the ride, and see where it takes us.

There was one potential banana skin, with the league deciding this game was just right to present the club with a lovely cheque for being nominated and selected as ‘Team of the Month’ for August & September. Fortunately, it proved not to be the ‘kiss of death’ and we went on to record our 12th clean sheet in the league this season, thanks to a bit of inspired goalkeeping from Danny Crump, who saved a penalty, stopped the rebound and collected the loose ball all in the same incident, as the six yard box rapidly filled up after the initial save.

There were 274 hardy souls in at the start to watch - you guys deserve a round of applause on your own, ‘cos it was coooooolllld, with a capital C, plus we were raided by the Mariners Santa Claus posse, raising funds for charity... when you see it all happening, you’ve just got to love non-league -

The game… and I again thank Chris Ryan for the report that follows, and for his submissions for the local papers while I am incapacitated.

Presented with a Thurlow Nunn Team of the Month award before kick-off, the Seasiders refused to let this become a bad omen and eased to 3-0 win over improving Long Melford to maintain their 100% home league record. A brilliant Danny Crump double save from Scott Sloot's second half penalty kick also ensured a well-deserved clean sheet.

With four wins from their last five league games, Long Melford arrived at the Goldstar Ground in confident mood, starting brightly and earning the first corner of the game on four minutes. Adams and Alley both threatened during the early pressure before Felixstowe gained a hold on the game that they did not relinquish. 

Chaplin's shot from Ruel's defence splitting pass resulted in a corner kick which was cleared only as far as Barber, his cross was met by Kerridge, with the visiting keeper Moyes making a fine save before the ball dropped to Joe Francis, who fired home the opener from four yards.   

Jackson made a timely tackle to deny the busy Sam Ford as the home side continued to apply pressure, with Dan Davis heading into the side netting from Stuart Boardley's cross. The visitors looked to strike on the break, and Crump was quickly out of his area to deny Hassan Alley, while visiting keeper Moyes produced a flying save to his left to prevent Ruel doubling the home advantage before the break.

The lead was doubled six minutes after the interval, when a Francis shot was deflected home off a defender, and Kye Ruel confirmed the win on the hour with a well struck volley. Francis was ruled to have fouled Alley as he skipped into the home area, but Crump was not to be defeated, producing an excellent save from Scott Sloots’ initial spot kick, then the follow up, before claiming the ball amongst a mass of flying boots to keep the 270+ crowd warmed on a bitterly cold afternoon.

               

No midweek fixture but it’s another tough one next Saturday when we travel along the A14 to Greens Meadow and 4th placed Stowmarket Town, we have met twice so far and between us have attracted just over 760 spectators, so I expect there to be another bumper crowd for the third meeting of the season.  See you there folks!