SUFFOLK SENIOR CUP QUARTER-FINAL
COPLESTONIANS 2 EAST BERGHOLT UTD 2
(EAST BERGHOLT WON 3-2 ON PENS)
Jonny Linard 22 & 80 mins
Zach Elseidy 39 mins
Nathan Clarke 70 mins
REFEREE: Matthew Fear
East Bergholt progressed to a Semi-Final tie against Trimley Red Devils with a penalty shoot-out success at Humber Doucy Lane.
After a quiet opening the game sprang into life on 15 minutes when Cops went close three times in 30 seconds. Lewis Owen crashed a 25 yarder against the inside of a post before Ben Bibby cleared Jordan Godbold’s follow up off the line and then keeper Jamie Scrivener pushed away an effort from Ross Turner. Scrivener then made another fine stop from Ronaldo Wright.
It was no surprise when Cops took the lead mid-way through the half as a fine move involving Baden Holmes and Brad Sayer ended with the latter crossing for Linard to guide the ball home.
Bergholt eventually began to get into the game and Kyle Jay set up Zach Elseidy only for Cops keeper Roan Tucker to block.
Elseidy then floated a ball to the back post which drifted over Tucker into the top corner for the leveller. Arron Greenwood also had an effort deflected wide as the Greens finished the half well.
The second half followed a similar pattern with Cops well on top in the early stages. Jordan Godbold drove wide before Bibby produced a great block to deny him while Scrivener saved from Holmes and Linard.
However it was the visitors who went in front for the first time as Luke Clarke found fellow substitute Nathan Clarke who showed good control before firing home from the edge of the area.
Linard then cut in from the left to power home Cops to equalise. Bergholt were ending strongly again and Nathan Clarke drove wide on the break.
As the game went into added time Scrivener made another fine stop from Linard and then Tucker kept out a Graeme Butcher effort with the last kick of the game.
To spot-kicks and Scrivener was the Bergholt hero saving from Godbold and decisively from Luke Read as the visitors went through.
COPS GO TOP OF SIL DIV 4
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Cops development started the first half the dominant team creating a few good chances. Cops looked to have an excellent team goal from front to back but Will Pullen was cruelly denied by a contentious offside flag . Level at half time flattered the away side but Cops came out 2nd half with real intent and went ahead through a corner from Rowan Murphy which Daryl Fry knew little about but will claim!
The second goal wasn’t far away when Dan Ramsey shook off two and bent a lovely ball into the corner of the net.
And soon two became three when a great ball in from Fry was turned in by the defender just ahead of Will Pullen who would have scored.
In a late twist the away side were awarded a penalty to make it 3-1
SIL Senior Division: Trimley Red Devils FC 1- 2 Henley Athletic FC
Paul Deacon, the correspondent of Ransomes Sports FC, made a comment on Twitter this week about this fixture “Should be a barnstormer”, which although true, probably didn’t do the match justice. The 71 spectators saw the top 2 in the division go toe to toe for the best part of 100 minutes, a display of commitment, endeavour and sheer bloody-mindedness from all involved, with only a team goal of the highest quality separating the two sides.
Injuries to Storey and Shore saw Smythe and Bull step into the starting 11 for Henley, who were also pleased to welcome back Dale Hammond and last season’s top scorer Connor Field to the bench after long absences.
Both teams went at it from the opening whistle, but Henley’s midfield started to take control of the game, however it was an uncharacteristic error from Spurling after 18 minutes that presented Trimley with the 1st clear opportunity of the game, but the chance was blazed high and wide with the goal at their mercy. Four minutes later and Henley were piling on the pressure, Trimley forced to clear their goal line twice in quick succession in a goalmouth scramble. Shortly after a low drive from Bruce forced Punter into a save low at his near post.
The pressure finally told after 30 minutes, when Ablitt’s corner was firmly headed home at the near post by Cole to make it 0-1. There had been some heavy challenges flying around, but on 40 minutes the Trimley number 5 was fortunate to escape with only a yellow card when he left stud marks down Ablitt’s back. Yet another foul presented Henley with a freekick on the edge of the box which Van Oene flashed just past the post as the score remained 0-1 at HT.
The 2nd half started in a niggly fashion, a flurry of yellow cards culminated with Van Oene being sinbinned, and although Trimley piled forward, they failed to take advantage of the numerical advantage. On the hour mark Henley came close to extending their lead, an absolute rocket of a freekick from Bruce, from fully 35 yards, smashed off the underside of the bar, Hammond hit the rebound on the volley, pulling a terrific flying save from Punter. On 65 minutes Henley gave away a silly corner and Trimley pulled off something special, with one straight off the training ground, the shot arrowing in from the edge of the area, miraculously Spurling managed to get a hand to it, but could do nothing to prevent Harvey firing in the rebound from close range for 1-1.
This produced Trimley’s best part of the game, reinvigorated by their equaliser, they streamed forward confining Henley into their defensive third, however they struggled to hit the target. But the Henley defence held firm, Smythe rolling back the years alongside Bell with Bull impressing at left back and Cole playing out of position after injuries to White and Hammond at right back. Again Henley’s sheer will saw them through and they were rewarded with a great team goal after 77 minutes. Cole won the ball at right back and brought it forward, passing infield to Cowan, his pinpoint pass bisected the Trimley defence to pick out Bruce’s well timed run in from the left, Bruce shaped to shoot, drawing Punter into protecting his near post, before rolling the ball across the face of goal where it was put into the net by Watling sliding in at the back post for 1-2.
Trimley were throwing everything at Henley now and on 80 minutes Cowan bravely blocked on the goal line, further efforts again going wide. As the clock hit 90 minutes Henley were denied a penalty as Field was floored whilst trying to hold the ball up. Tempers flared in time added on, Van Oene seeing a red card for an off the ball incident and Spurling being clattered as he put his body on the line to preserve Henley’s lead.
But despite Trimley’s best efforts, they couldn’t take advantage of the extra man and force a way through Henley’s defence, who saw the game out for a hard fought and important victory.
Trimley will feel, probably correctly, that their 2ndhalf performance was worthy of a point, in truth neither side could’ve complained at a point apiece, Harvey was their standout player, he looked dangerous every time he got the ball.
Praise too for referee Paul Kitson and his assistants, who did a great job officiating such an attritional encounter, which he seemed to enjoy as much as any player or spectator.
For Henley, the Ultra’s MOTM went, once again to Jamie Cowan who delivered yet another imperious performance in midfield, Tejano drew plenty of praise too as did Bull and Smythe, who put their bodies on the line time and again for the club. But, all 16 who played did their part today, in what was a big win against a fine Trimley side. Look out for the highlights video later in the week!