Under 18 Match Reports 2017/18

Seasiders 6 Walsham Le Willows 0

Thursday 31st August 2017

Thurlow Nunn Youth League

Central Division

The lads got their season up and running at the Goldstar on Thursday night after their opening day loss at Woodbridge the previous week.

Goals flowed in an open game, the visitors weren’t a bad side, indeed they played some excellent football at times, but never really looked convincing in front of Ollie Fisher’s goal while at the other end, Alex John had the unenviable task of picking the ball out of the net half a dozen times.

The Seasiders were certainly on hot form going forward, with both Jake Preston and Joe Hunt live wires in the Willows area, looking likely to breach the visitors defence with every attack. The first chance fell to Dan Poxon at the end of a neat build up in the 5th minute but with the goal at his mercy he slid the ball past the wrong side of John’s right hand post, but the opening goal was not long in coming.

A long ball out of defence found Jake Preston, who carried it into the box and cleverly clipped the ball of the visitors ‘keeper as he tried to make himself big and close down Preston’s options. It was an excellent finish for the tall front man, and set the Seasiders on their way.

Both Josh Lee and Kehan Whitby drove efforts over Ollie Fisher’s bar before Matt Hazell doubled the Seasiders’ tally with a low shot into the corner of Alex John’s net in the 28th minute.

The second goal made the home side the dominant team and a sweeping move heavily involving Matt Hazell had the visitors defence in trouble, but in the end it came to nothing after 40 minutes. It was 3-0 before the break as Dan Poxon made amends for his earlier miss by setting up Joe Hunt for his first goal of the evening in the 44th minute.

Preston set up Hunt for his second in the 54th minute and then made it 5-0 after 65 minutes with Hunt completing the scoring and his hat-trick two minutes later. Both sides used all their subs which broke up the flow of the game, and for long time Seasiders there was a touch of ‘young nostalgia’ if such a term exists, with Louis Stanbridge becoming the third generation of the family to represent the club as he was one of the subs.

For me, Man of the Match was Matt Hazell, for his overall work rate and involvement in the game - Joe Hunt may feel hard done by after scoring a hat-trick and indeed he played well enough as did his partner up front Jake Preston – overall, it was an excellent team performance, which hopefully they can take into next week’s trip to Cambridge City in the FA Youth Cup.

Seasiders: Ollie Fisher, Kane Hewitson, Louis Donovan-Perry, Tom Lygo, Lewis Owen, Lewis Hutchings, Dan Horton, Matt Hazell, Jake Preston, Joe Hunt, Dan Poxon, Donte Butler, Tyler Howell, Louis Stanbridge, Ben Ling, Liam Groom.

Willows: Alex John, Ross Waldron, Ben Bennett-Day, Taylor Waterson, Ross Gudde, Toby Finbow, Ryan Stiff, Henry Walshe, Josh Lee, Kehan Whitby, Luke Pattison, Jamie Smith, Harry McKeown, Marley Brown.

Referee: Chris Firman.  Assistants: Sam Gillespie, Alex Shipp

Att: 66