Ipswich Wanderers 1 Seasiders 0

Boxing Day

Tuesday 26th December 2017

Thurlow Nunn League

Premier Division

So it came to pass that Christmas 2017 wasn’t all that we hoped for - in fact, some bloke once wrote ‘It was the best of times, it was the worst of times!’ at the start of a book he was writing, which I thought was a pretty apt description of the days between the 16th & 26th December 2017.

The best being the football family gathering to follow the side at Stowmarket, the Goldstar ground and Humber Doucy Lane, wearing silly outfits and generally showing that we have a sense of humour and community in what we do.  The worst being the results of those three games! Were we robbed? No! Did we perform to our usual high level? No!  Did we have any complaints? No!

On each day (at Stowmarket & Humber Doucy Lane) we were second best, while at home the 1-1 draw was a fair result.

I think we all knew that somewhere along the way there would be a hiccup or two, something we had to get over, roll our sleeves up and start again. Hopefully, Saturday at home to Gorleston will see us make that first step!

As a match report, this issue may be somewhat lacking in details… I was not there, and I am very grateful to the contributors for their efforts. What I am upset about is the personal abuse received by one of them on social media, anonymously! In itself a cowardly act, hiding behind anonymity just shows the level of intelligence (or lack of) of the abuser!

Of the game itself, and with a massive thank you to the contributors…

There was a Christmas bonus for the Ipswich Wanderers management team, as they ended a miserable run of 12 straight league defeats by beating the league leaders at Humber Doucy Lane on a crisp Boxing Day morning.

The home side spent a lot of the game without the ball, but stuck to their task of stifling the free scoring visitors and on the hour Paulo Coelhio tapped the ball into an unguarded net, as the Seasiders failed to clear the danger for the only goal of the game.

A rare sight of a plus 200 crowd at the Doucy, mainly bolstered by the visitors’ following, gave the game a good atmosphere which the home side made the most of, working hard all over the pitch, and in the end gained their reward with Coelhio’s goal.

While Felixstowe dominated possession, they were too often guilty of taking an extra touch and trying from distance. Boardley drilled a free kick well wide of Jack Spurling’s post, while Chaplin saw his effort comfortably collected by the ‘keeper. Wanderers’ one effort in the opening half came from Coelhio, whose curling effort from the edge of the box was turned away for a corner on the stroke of half time.

The pattern of the second half followed that of the first, with the visitors seeing plenty of the ball but unable to carve out clear cut chances as the home side defended doggedly, and when Coelhio scored on the hour, the writing was on the wall that this was to be Wanderers’ day, and perhaps a turning point in their season. They will certainly travel to The Wellesley in a more buoyant mood for their end of year game against Gt Yarmouth Town.

Were Wanderers lucky? Were the Seasiders unlucky? Both probably, but you make your own luck and on the day Wanderers deserved the three points.

Apologies for a somewhat brief report, but again big thanks to you, the supporters, who read my jottings - you have been brilliant in 2017, now it’s 2018 coming up and promises of good times to come… with your help!