SIL ROUND UP
Henley extended their lead at the top of the Senior Division to 12 points following their 3-1 win at home to Tattingstone. Clark Bruce netted a brace for the hosts.
Ransomes moved into second place after a 1-0 win over visitors Halesworth. Danny Allen scored the only goal of the game in the 81st minute.
Coplestonians good form continues as goals from Jonny Linard, Darren Mills and Jude Pelling helped them to a 3-1 win over Sporting 87. Nathan Banks netted for the visitors.
Graeme Butcher, Nathan Clarke and Morgan Rushton were on target for East Bergholt in their 3-2 win at Leiston St Margarets. Pat Doyle scored both Saints goals.
In the other Senior games Debenham won 1-0 at Wickham Market and Haughley played out a 2-2 draw with Stowupland.
Thurston remain unbeaten in Division One and maintained their six point advantage at the top following their 3-1 win at Saxmundham. Joe Moore scored Sax’s goal but the Bluesocks came from behind with a brace from Jamie Barclay and one from Harry French.
Goals from Rory Christian, Fin Harley-Smith and Aaron Wallace saw Bacton to a 3-0 win at Stanton as they stay in second.
George Ablitt hit a hat-trick in Grundisburgh’s 5-0 win against Cockfield while Jamie Steel also struck three times as AFC Kesgrave beat Capel Plough 4-1. The other fixture in Division One saw Somersham beat Woolverstone 2-0.
Coplestonians Reserves are two points clear in Division Two following a 5-1 win over Claydon Reserves. Nearest challengers Sporting 87 Reserves were held 5-5 by Great Blakenham. Shane Fricker grabbed hat-trick for Blakenham.
Alex Biondi scored twice for Kesgrave Kestrels as they defeated fellow promotion candidates Kirton 5-2. The game between Ipswich Wanderers Under 23s and Wenhaston was abandoned due to a serious injury.

SIL Senior Division: Henley Athletic FC 3-1 Tattingstone Utd FC
Henley extended their lead at the top of the table in front of a crowd of 73 spectators, with a solid but hard fought 3-1 victory over a tough Tattingstone side. Once again injuries, suspensions and absences forced Henley into changes, with Storey, Shore, Van Oene and Cole all unavailable.
Henley looked the sharper early on, Tatt keeper Hender, forced into a smart stop from Bruce after 10 minutes. On 20 minutes Field dummied a through ball from Smythe, leaving Bruce through one on one, Hender bringing him down as he went to round him, Bruce making no mistake smashing home the penalty for 1-0. The Henley front line were putting the Tatt defence under pressure, Watling and Bruce in particular forcing errors and winning possession high up the pitch. With the exception of set pieces Tatt didn’t really create any chances of note to force a save from Spurling. Some big challenges were flying in from both sides and on 40 minutes Tatt were temporarily down to 10 with a sin bin. But the score remained 1-0 at HT.
Henley were straight on the attack after the break and increased their lead after 52 minutes, White releasing Bruce with a ball down the right, he fired in a cross along the six-yard box to Field, which was turned into his own net by a despairing Tatt defender for 2-0. Henley came close to another shortly after, Field seeing his shot saved and Hammond blazing over from close range when it looked easier to score. Henley looked to have broken through Tattingstone another three times, but on each occasion, they were pulled back, by what can only have been the very tightest of offside decisions.
Tattingstone pulled one back after 72 minutes, Bell and Cowan combining to give away a penalty which, despite Spurling getting a hand to, was scored by Blow to make it 2-1. Tattingstone were lifted by this and piled forward, but were well held by the Henley defence. The visitor’s cause wasn’t helped when after 78 minutes they were reduced to ten when Baker saw a 2ndyellow card. Henley put the result beyond any doubt in the 95thminute, Ablitt crossing from the right to Field at the back post, he cushioned his header down to Bruce who smashed home from six yards to bring the final score to 3-1.
A good team performance from the whole squad saw the Ultra’s MOTM vote split between 7 players, Cowan’s dynamism yet again, seeing him come out on top. Bruce scored 2 and made 1, Ablitt was as tricky as ever, Tejano, Watling. Smythe and Bull all drew comment with their workrate and never say die attitude. We’re at that point of the season, where depth of squad is a major factor, and today showed the value of having a group of players totally committed to the club.
Tattingstone, once again, proved themselves to be hardy opponents, aggressive, bold and playing for each other for the entire game, Seward at centre half, much admired at Henley, again their stand out player.
A mention too for Mr Phair in the middle, neither side made it easy for him on the day, but he officiated in a calm and consistent manner, and most importantly appeared to thoroughly enjoy the experience.

COPLESTONIANS FC 3 SPORTING 87 1
LINARD AND MILLS SECURE THE POINTS.
And Pelling notches on his full debut!
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Cops are sponsored by Venue 16 and BP Electrical
(Match Day Sponsor: Richard Turner of R J & E Services Ltd)
Roan Tucker was the first keeper to be called into action as he got down well to save. Sporting were pressing high up the field and looked dangerous but Cops broke well and Jonny Linard (sponsored by JWL Sports Therapy) struck a superb low shot home to give the home side the lead on 6 minutes.
However, the visitors were soon back in the game as a defensive error allowed
Nathan Banks to pick his spot with the equaliser. Tucker then made a great save when exposed but Cops soon hit back when Linard’s pass saw Mills just fail to beat the keeper..
Darren Mills shot across goal from Luke Read’s pass as Cops looked to take the lead but made amends when he latched onto Read’s pass to fire home across the keeper.
The Sporting keeper then saved well from both Linard and Mills but couldn’t hold a superb shot from Jude Pelling which he could only help into the net. HT 3-1
Tempers frayed after the break as the visitors tried to get back into the game. Great defensive work by Grant Monaghan denied the visitors on several occasions with quality blocks. Cops held firm with Nathan Woollard always at the fore with some superb midfield tackles. Indeed, Cops should have increased their advantage with Jordan Godbold being unfortunate in having a fine goal ruled out for offside
Well done to Tony Coulter and his two Assistants today who did an excellent job.
FT 3-1
PS Cops send their best wishes to the Wanderers U23 player who suffered a serious injury on the top pitch which saw their game being called off and an Ambulance called.

COPS GO NAP TO TOP THE TABLE!
The league’s leading goal scorers notch another five.
Coplestonians Reserves 5 Claydon Reserves 1
(Cops Reserves are sponsored by Greenscape Energy)
The Reserves had a few team changes from the previous week but that didn’t hinder the performance. With the sad news that Claydon first team folded, we were unsure of what team Claydon would put out but Cops dealt with the early pressure of long throws and free kicks into the box well with Michael Paduzynski commanding his area.
Once Cops settled into the game, they had the majority of possession playing some really good football. A couple of half chances went begging when Charlie Pyett and Jack Tierney combined. The breakthrough came when a long throw-in from Stefan Mallett found Charlie King who took a touch that fell to Jack Lawrence (sponsored by Lawrence Glass and Windows) to finish in the box. 1-0. Cops continued playing good football moving it side to side, without forcing anything. James Fulkner and Jonjo Hood-Wright starting moves well to release Charlie Pyett and Stef Mallett. It was the latter that set off on a forward run with a diagonal ball that found him, Stef Mallett hooked the ball into the box which found Jack Tierney who finished calmly into the corner. James Fulkner had to be on top form to deny a certain goal with a goal-line clearance. Half time 2-0.
The message at half time was to continue the football and the goals will come and that’s exactly what they did. James Harris and Josh Howe continually winning the ball in midfield and moving it well. The third goal came when a throw-in from Stef Mallett found Charlie King (sponsored by Chris King Windows) who rolled his defender and passed the ball expertly into the corner of the net. 3-0. Cops had a slight wobble where a corner wasn’t dealt with and Claydon found a lifeline, which gave them a lease of life. 3-1. Further balls into the box were dealt with well after this and after some changes, Cops took the ascendancy again with Connor Mackay (sponsored by Wolfe Powell) latching onto a short pass back lifting the ball over the keeper into the back of the net. 4-1. Cops were pleased to have three 16 year olds (Matthew Simmons, Rowan Murphy and Freddie Milton) on the pitch when they scored their fifth. James Harris played a nice one-two to get in behind and finished well over the keeper. The game ended 5-1 with a commanding victory by Cops to leave them at the top of the table. Full Time 5-1

COPS FADE AFTER PROMISING START
Euan’s early opener not enough!
Sporting 87A 5 Coplestonians Development 1
(Cops Development are sponsored by AMH Flooring)
Following on from last week there were many changes to the team. However, we started well taking the lead following a fine move breaking down the left; Ty Read broke towards goal and fooled the home defence by playing a great ball to Euan Lister (sponsored by Pete Whittaker) who scored with a crisp finish.
Cops were disrupted by an injury to Dan Ramsey who fractured his shoulder and had to be taken to hospital, which upset the balance of the team. Sporting equalised with a dubious penalty award. Half time 1-1.
Cops started the second half well until Sporting scored a second against the run of play. Unfortunately heads went down and Sporting dominated scoring 3 more goals, with Cops in the game intermittently. Lack of game time for some and the need to keep going whatever the circumstances contributed to our poor second half showing.
However, lessons can and should be learnt from this.
We wish Dan a speedy recovery from his injury.

Ransomes Sports 1 Halesworth Town 0
Halesworth Town beat Ransomes Sports in the reverse fixture on September 30th, a result that seems to have been lifted from another lifetime as far as Ransomes are concerned. That final scoreline was horrendous, Ransomes heaviest defeat since their return to Senior football. They fell apart that day but this time around, there was a sense of occasion, of Ransomes possessing the fight, the options and the nerve needed to go head-to-head in another gruelling slug fest with the team that accompanied them back into Senior football.
It was Danny Allen who scored the only goal of the game as Ransomes celebrated an unexpected win. It was not quite the late, late show Ransomes required to see off Wickham Market in their last outing, but it no doubt tasted just as sweet.
Halesworth’s passing game dominated the early stages and they nearly profited from their first attack on two minutes but Charlie Langham saved impressively. Reed then should have given Halesworth the lead on 10 minutes but he fired wide when unmarked and well placed inside the penalty area.
Halesworth’s quick, fluid forward line continued to cause the Ransomes defence problems with their approach, but the hosts hauled themselves back into the contest by stepping up the intensity and aggression. After Ransomes had seen out that opening spell, they began to create opportunities for themselves and two good chances fell their way close to the break.
On 43 minutes Danny Allen should have opened the scoring but his header on goal lacked any real power which allowed the recovering defender time to hook clear off the goal line. A minute later – playing as a false 9 – the same player fired wide of the far post after being played in by Adam Todd’s clever pass. It was a positive end to the half for Ransomes.
When the teams trotted out for the second half, the same lineup remained and so too the pattern. Haleswort were far from their fluent, relentless best which allowed Ransomes to remain compact and (eventually) punch hard.
Ransomes had to do their fair share of defending and Charlie Langham had to make a fine save in style to deny Goldspink who leathered a vicious half volley at goal.
If Halesworth had dominated the ball, Ransomes were winning the physical duels and showing their personality. Both sides however had done next to nothing in front of goal during the second half but Ransomes always gave that impression that they knew their moment would come – and it did – on 81 minutes. From a foray forward, picking up a loose pass, Keiron Double was pivotal in creating the only goal of the game as he slipped a pass forward to Danny Allen that saw the false 9 reach the ball first ahead of the covering defenders and onrushing Alderson to slot home amid wild celebrations. Ransomes were energised but they went deep into the depths of their resolve to keep out Halesworth in the remaining 15 minutes played – they would stand tall.
If you are not playing better than the opposition, you need a lot of resilience, and play with maturity. Ransomes were able to show that quality a tad bit more than Halesworth and as such, it was they who would enjoy the release of this redeeming victory. Ransomes merited this win on the balance of a frantic game, mainly because of their work rate, determination, and greater desire. But the manner of how they got themselves in front – decisively so – came as the surprise; then again, it was a wild and draining afternoon.