Under 18 Match Reports 2017/18

Walsham Le Willows 5 Seasiders 5

Thurlow Nunn Youth League

Central Division

Thursday 8th February 2018

Match Report Mark Owen


After what seems an eternity (but in reality is a mere 49day winter break!!) the Under 18's got back into action at Sumner/Summer Road (dependent on which end you enter) home of Walsham Le Willows, whose reserve side had been at the Goldstar ground last Saturday, and it’s no surprise there was a good sprinkling of players on display who were involved in both games.  Despite the wet weather there was a good crowd who were thoroughly entertained by a ten goal thriller, that was a nailbiter, right through to the final whistle.

No one would have blamed any player coming out in a pair of Wellington boots as the pitch struggled to cope, but it didn't stop either team from going for it for the full 90 minutes. On such a wet and boggy pitch the Seasiders played some delightful football, keeping possession well and always looked the more threatening of the two sides going forward. 

Louis Donovan-Perry whistled in a cross as early as the 5th minute that the Willows defender managed to deflect just wide, but in 20th minute Dan Poxon provided a similar cross that struck the defender and diverted into his own net. A minute later, the home side were level as they caught the Seasiders napping, carving out an effort that resulted in their player being upended and the Seasiders conceding a penalty which was duly converted into the bottom left hand corner. 

Despite all the visitors’ possession, they went 2-1 down from their own corner. A short corner left the Seasiders lacking cover and when the corner failed to have any impact, Walsham capitalised to break getting in a shot on target that was smartly saved by Oliver Fisher, but was followed up by Walsham to nestle in the back of the net.  

Matt Hazell had an effort saved on 30 minutes before Rory Porter saw his effort go over after good work from Tyler Howell, Dan Poxon and Jake Preston.

The game then exploded into a goal fest, with 4 goals in the last 8 minutes of the half. First, Tyler Howell fed a lovely through ball that picked out Joe Hunt, who equalised and make it make it 2-2. Dan Poxon then gave the Seasiders the lead with a left foot finish from a tight angle ending a move that started from Ollie Fisher with Lewis Smy and Joe Hunt contributing.  

Walsham hit back with a long range effort that unfortunately squirmed underneath the diving Fisher as the ball skidded across the now treacherous surface, but just before the half time whistle Dan Poxon fired in a lovely cross that was met by Evan Bolt at the far post to slide in.  

Both sides were happy to hear referee Matthew Hudson’s half time whistle and get their breaths back after an end to end 45 minutes that had produced 7 goals.

The Seasiders dominated the majority of the second period and considering the deteriorating conditions, played some excellent football from back to front but it took until the 70th minute to finally crack open the Walsham defence.  

Matt Hazell’s shot was deflected and it was Jake Preston who reacted the quickest to make it 5-3 but   a wayward pass in midfield conceded possession to Walsham, who broke quickly before converting to make it 5-4. 

Joe Hunt and Tom Lygo saw efforts go over the bar and with minutes left it was Walsham who had the last word pouncing on a loose ball to coolly grab the equaliser. It was harsh on the visitors and their supporters, though Rory Porter had grabbed a last gasp winner deep into injury time as he shrugged off a couple of defenders and drilled in a shot but it was inches the wrong side of the upright.  

Although the Seasiders perhaps thought they should have come away with all three points given the amount of possession they had, all credit to the Walsham lads who showed a never say die attitude to rescue a point after going two goals behind, late in the game!

Well done lads - a great game of football and now on to next Thursday’s trip to league leaders Leiston. 

Walsham Le Willows : Jordan Asker, Benjamin Bennett-Day, Ross Gudde, Harvey Hubbard, Alexander Johns, George Lilley, Luke Pattison, Harry Roberts, Ryan Stiff, Henry Walsh, Kehan Whitby, Marley Browne, Ben Harris, Harry McKeown, Ross Waldron. 

Goalscorers: Ryan Stiff 3, Henry Walshe, Benjamin Bennett-Day

(Apologies for ordering errors, no numbers available)

Seasiders : Oliver Fisher, Lewis Smy, Louis Donovan-Perry, Tyler Howell, Lewis Owen (c), Matt Hazell, Evan Bolt, Rory Porter, Jake Preston, Joe Hunt, Dan Poxon, Dan Horton, Isaac Scott, Tom Lygo, Joel Hurst, Kane Hewitson 

Goalscorers : Dan Poxon 2, Joe Hunt, Evan Bolt, Jake Preston

Referee: Matthew Hudson Assistants : Jack Burrows, Gary Owen

Spare a moment of sympathy for the ground staff as a tractor whizzed up and down the pitch to try and roll out a well and truly battered pitch for the game on Saturday, when the Premier Division side host Stanway Rovers. Plus, even more serious support for the team back at base who had the unenviable task of returning the away predominantly white kit to its earlier pristine condition!  


Framlingham 3 Seasiders 7

Thurlow Nunn Youth League

Central Division

Thursday 21st December 2017

Match Report Mark Owen

The u18's lifted themselves into 5th place, and climbed above their hosts  just before the Christmas break after an impressive 7-3 win.

The lads raced into a 3-0 lead in the first 30 minutes with a Rory Porter effort deflected in and a brace from Lewis Smy, with good strikes from inside the box after good Felixstowe possession.

The home side did pull one back before half time with a speculative long range effort but the first half belonged to the Seasiders.

The Castlemen started the second half more brightly and pulled a second goal back before Joe Hunt blasted the ball into the net after another smart move from the youngsters to make it 4-2.

Four became five as Hunt got his second following a sublime through ball from Jake Preston, but once again Framlingham never gave up as the game opened up and scored a third to make it 5-3.

Felixstowe's sixth goal was a reversal of their fifth with Joe Hunt the provider this time and Jake Preston finally getting the ball across the line and Evan Bolt grabbed the visitors seventh goal with a tidy finish giving the keeper no chance. 

An emphatic 7-3 win that made up for the last defeat at home to Whitton to get back on track as we enter the Christmas hiatus.

This young side have a lot of 15 and 16 year olds in their starting line up on a regulor basis which bodes well for the future, playing patient football from the back, retaining possession, and some deadly finishing that has perhaps been lacking in recent weeks.


Seasiders 1 Woodbridge 3

Thurlow Nunn Youth League

Central Division

Thursday 16th November 2017

Match Report Mark Owen

The U18’s entertained second place Woodbridge Town for another league game, the lads were on a rich vein of form having being unbeaten for the last 6 games. However, that run came to an end, losing 1-3 in what was an entertaining and at times feisty game.

Felixstowe started very brightly with Joe Hunt shooting over after a long ball forward was controlled by Matt Hazell.  It was Matt Hazell himself moments later dragging a shot wide of the right hand post. Woodbridge responded and raised their game as the pace of the match was played at very high tempo and took the lead following a free kick midway inside the Felixstowe half that was met unchallenged with a good header by Lewis Dyer beyond Ollie Fisher.

The home side responded and two solo efforts from Lewis Smy caused the visitors defensive problems. The first effort he failed to get a shot away but the second effort smacked the far right hand post.   At the other end, Woodbridge continued to look very dangerous on the break and needed a great stop from Ollie Fisher after Joe Hunt lost the ball in midfield.  Ollie Fisher then produced two more great saves, one at point blank range and another sliding to block an almost certain strike on goal.

The first half continued to be end to end, Lewis Owen had a header cleared off the line from a corner from the right and Jake Preston held the ball up brilliantly for Joe Hunt to produce a precision through ball to Dan Horton, whose shot at the near post was turned away by the visitors' keeper. 

Woodbridge then extended their lead after the ball hit the home side crossbar and landed at the feet of Joe Berry from close range, and the visitors could easily have made it three after Felixstowe gifted Woodbridge another chance to break at speed, only to see the effort go over.

After the interval, Evan Bolt proved to be the star of the second half with a great performance on the left side and it was he, after winning a free kick outside the penalty box, to narrowly shoot wide from the resulting free kick. However, he was successful in making it 1-2 with a lovely side foot finish inside the penalty box to give the home side hope. 

Jake Preston, who moved into a central midfield role, forced a great save from the John Steele in the visitors' goal and followed that up with another fierce strike down the keeper's throat to save comfortably, and Tyler Howell had a long range effort late on. 

Once again it was a set piece that let the home side down, a long ball into the box gifted the visitors another header that nestled into the back of net to make it 1-3.

It was a disappointing result and one that on reflection wasn’t deserved.  Felixstowe had a number of clear cut chances and it seems to be a reoccurring theme of not being clinical in front of goal and this time caught out from two set pieces at the back.  

Both teams played good football and was a joy to watch for the 83 paying supporters despite some feisty challenges that seem to be the norm between these two sides, but the result leaves Woodbridge closing the gap after Leiston slipped up at Hadleigh.   It is the league leaders who are next for the Felixstowe lads at home in two week's time.

Seasiders: Fisher, Hewitson, Smy, Porter, Owen, Hutchings, Horton, Hazel, Preston, Hunt, Poxon, Lygo, Howell, Bolt, Butler

Woodbridge: Steele, Tuley, Bright, Leech, Munro, Dyer, Berry, Naylor, Chidlow, Conway, Bacon, Allender, Cox, Bosanquet, Spriggins, Challis  

Referee: Dan Frost

Attendance: 83


Seasiders 7 Stowmarket 1

Thurlow Nunn Youth League

Central Division

Thursday 9th November 2017

Story - Mark Owen

The youngsters extended their unbeaten run to six games following this comprehensive victory against lowly Stowmarket. Once again, another decent 51 paying spectators plus several non-paying under 16’s turned out on a cold night and were treated to an impressive display of football from the up and coming talent who in recent weeks have gelled well. 

Despite the visitors being bottom of the league with their only point coming at Walsham in their first game of the season, it was fair to say they started well with plenty of energy, and they took a surprise lead from the penalty spot in the 6th minute after Rory Porter slid into the back of Archie Theobold the visitors captain, with Ben Skipper stepping up to give his side an early lead.   

Minds flashed back of the disappointing Needham game seven matches ago where Felixstowe could not get it together, and wondered if it would be the same here, but there was nothing to worry about as the home side didn't panic, played their football and soon the goals flowed.

Jake Preston converted Dan Hortons cross for the equaliser two minutes later and Rory Porter tried to make amends for his earlier foul, but fired well over Jack Hardy’s bar.

Jake Preston grabbed his second of the night to put the Seasiders in front in the 16th minute as he raced into the Stow area to finish clinically beyond Hardy and Louis Donovan-Perry made it 3-1 before the break with a another clinical finish.

Joe Hunt made it 4-1 in the 53rd minute as Stowmarket’s resistance began to fade, although to their credit they kept battling away and Dan Poxon added number five at the end of a neat build up that started with Poxon making a surging run.

Joe Hunt made it 6-1 in the 75th minute and Donte Butler rounded off the scoring with his first and the Seasiders seventh of the night with a couple of minutes left.

The goal tally should perhaps have been significantly more, being picky, but the boys were caught offside far too many times and more importantly lack of clinical finishing!  

However, the positives shone through with some excellent team work and playing good high tempo football the right way from the back, with some of the moves the youngsters produced marvellous to watch from such a young side with over half of them yet to record their 17th birthdays.

The side are now on a great run of form and have a solid consistent spine, from keeper Oliver fisher, the defensive pairings of Lewis Owen and Lewis Hutchings through to drive and determination of Joe Hunt and pace and goals of Jake Preston, which always bode well for a successful campaign, and great to see several youngsters now making the leap into the reserve squad too on a regular basis.

Next week, they host Woodbridge Town who are currently second and hopefully can gain revenge for a 4-2 defeat at the beginning of the season and possibly (results pending) a shift to second place in the league.

Seasiders: Fisher, Smy, Hurst, Howell, Owen {C}, Hutchings, Horton, Porter, Preston, Hunt, Donovan-Perry, Butler, Lygo, Bolt, Hazel, Poxon.

Stowmarket: Hardy, Sullivan, Lansdown, Peachment, J. Swann, L. Swann, Jordan-Smith, Theobold, Hale, Skipper, Adam Rowland, Gilson, Lockwood.

Referee: Anthony Coulter. Assistants: Stephen Henderson-Holmes, Joe Fisher-Stevenson.

Att 51


Seasiders 1 Ipswich Wanderers 1

Thurlow Nunn Youth League

Central Division

Thursday 26th October 2017

The Seasiders Under 18’s were left to rue a string of missed chances as they played out a 1-1 draw with Wanderers on a warm night at the Goldstar ground in front of 70 spectators. For a long period of the match it looked as though all three points would be going back down the A14 to Humber Doucy Lane after the visitors had been presented with a goal in the 25th minute.

It was another decent attendance for the under 18’s, and those present were treated to a decent game, with both sides trying to get the ball down and play. The first half was played at 100 mph and perhaps lacked that bit of quality from the sides as they tried to make things happen, too often overplaying the ball or over hitting their intended pass.

Joe West, who was the busiest player on the park over the 90 minutes, should have given the home side a 13th minute lead when he met Dan Poxon’s cross with a firm header 12 yards out, but it was the wrong side of Pacey Loughlin’s left hand post, and it was the visitors who grabbed the lead in the 25th minute with Luke Welham taking advantage of a mix up in the Seasiders back four. What should have been a routine back header from Lewis Owen to Ollie Fisher lacked the power to reach the Seasiders’ custodian, and the visitors’ No7 nipped in to round Fisher and slot into an empty net.

The response from the home side was positive as they searched for an equaliser, and the Wanderers’ goal led a bit of a charmed life as firstly Matt Hazell rattled the Wanderers’ woodwork from Dan Hortons corner in the 44th minute, and in time added on by referee Stephen Henderson-Holmes at the end of the first half, Jake Preston struck the other post from another flag kick.

It wasn’t all one-way traffic, with Ipswich Wanderers creating a couple of dangerous moves, but the momentum was with the home side for much of the second half, with 16 year old Rory Porter going close and Loughlin saving from Donte Butler on the hour.

There were a couple of goal-line clearances to frustrate the young Seasiders, and when Joe Hunt saw Loughlin produce an excellent save to turn his goal-bound effort away for a corner, it began to look like ‘one of those nights’.

The equalising goal that had evaded them for so long came in the 85th minute, and it was Jake Preston who produced an excellent finish, low into the far corner of Pacey Laughlin’s net, bringing his tally to eight for the season, giving him a goal a game average, which is a promising statistic for a player yet to reach his 16th birthday.

Over the 90 minutes, the Seasiders had enough chances to win the game and perhaps should have made more of the possession and chances they created, but, it was not one-way traffic and Wanderers played some decent football without producing any real threat in the last third.

The home side’s frustration showed in the final few minutes when referee Henderson-Holmes raised his yellow card twice for dissent, allowing the two culprits the opportunity to bolster the FA’s fund!

Seasiders: Fisher, Smy, Donovan-Perry, Porter, Owen {C}, Hutchinson, Horton, Hazel, Preston, Hunt, Poxon, Howell, Lygo, Barnes, Butler, Bolt.

Wanderers: Loughlin, Kouflas, Hughes, Stobbart, Crapnell {C}, Miller, Welham, Cheetham, Brown, Anderson, Bradbrook, Howe, Gibson, Lankester, Garwood, Boon.

Referee: Stephen Henderson Holmes

Att: 70


Seasiders 3 Framlingham Town 0

Thursday 12th October 2017

Thurlow Nunn Youth League

Central Division

The under 18’s picked up an excellent win on Thursday evening, scoring three times without reply against a Framlingham side that were looking to extend a 5 match winning run in the central division, and off the back of an 8-0 demolition of Stowmarket Town last time out.

The young Castlemen arrived at the Goldstar ground knowing that a sixth consecutive victory would put them three points clear at the top of the table, and from the first whistle it was clear to see why they had been so successful this season with neat interchanges and slick passing moves, but all credit to the young Seasiders, they countered their visitors with a hard working display, using a more direct approach while denying Framlingham goal scoring opportunities in the final third of the pitch.

16 year old Rory Porter opened the scoring five minutes before the break with a crisp finish at the end of a good move to give the Seasiders a half time lead, and Joe Hunt doubled the tally in the 72nd minute with a powerful header into the roof of the net from a Dan Poxon cross which came at the end of some excellent individual play from the young wide man.

It wasn’t all one way, and Ollie Fisher had to pull off an excellent save to deny the visitors getting back in the game with ten minutes left as they began to build a head of steam, and had they scored, the result might have been different.

The Seasiders’ third goal, on the stroke of full time, was the icing on the cake as Matt Hazell powered his way through the Fram’ defence before finishing clinically past Edward Goddard in the visitors’ goal.

The result in front of a decent crowd, with 58 payers and probably the same again watching towards the end of the game, was a boost on the back of the previous week’s 2-2 draw at Whitton, and encouraging to see so many at the younger end of the age group now representing the club at this level.

Thanks to the match officials, who I didn’t notice at all during the match, exactly the way it should be - nothing controversial, players accepting decisions and getting on with the game.

The lads are at home again in a fortnight when they host Ipswich Wanderers in a local derby, why not make it a date in your diary!

Seasiders: Ollie Fisher, Ben Ling, Lewis Donavan-Perry, Rory Porter, Lewis Owen, Lewis Hutchings, Dan Horton, Evan Bolt, Jake Preston, Joe Hunt, Dan Poxon, Luke Barnes, Tyler Howell, Lewis Smy, Matt Hazel, Tom Lygo.

Castlemen: Edward Goddard, Eddie Poacher, Alex Scott, Charlie Coe, Levi Chapman, Bilal Bounit, Callum Scott, Will Aldis, Jack Butcher, Kit McCausland, Jamie Brooks, Oliver Smith, Fin Newman, Zac Berry

Referee: Stephen Henderson-Holmes, Assistants: Isaac Hindle, Gareth Moir

Att: 58



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