It was a truncated set of games in the SIL due to the bad weather but five matches did go ahead in the Senior Division.
Halesworth maintained their three point lead at the top with a 3-2 home win over Wickham Market. Pat Summerfield netted his 14th goal of the season for Halesworth with their other goals coming from Kaiden Goldspink and Callum Read.
Stephen Cole scored twice for Henley just before half-time as they beat Coplestonians 2-0 to remain in second spot but with two games in hand on the leaders.
Trimley Red Devils’ run of six wins in succession came to an end as they lost 4-3 at home to Tattingstone. The visitors went 4-0 up with strikes from Marius Aitkens, Lesal Thompson, Ashley Blow and an own goal. Trimley hit back through Curtis Harvey, Dan Stagg and Ross Driver, but Tatt held on to take the points.
Ransomes’ revival continued with a 5-3 win at Old Newton. The experienced Mo Fike netted a hat-trick with Ransomes other goals coming from Brandon Archer and Luke Garnham.
In an entertaining game East Bergholt beat Haughley 3-2 at Gandish Road. George Watson gave the Greens the lead with a smart finish. Max Skinner equalised only for Aaron Greenwood to restore the advantage with a fine header. Will Wharton-Richardson levelled again but Bergholt snatched the points through Morgan Rushton after a Kyle Jay long throw.
The Division One fixtures were wiped out because of the weather. In Division Two Wenhaston made it four league wins from four with a 7-1 defeat of Stonham Aspal. Kesgrave Kestrels beat Ipswich Athletic 5-0 while Needham Market Phoenix defeated Claydon Reserves 3-1.
In Division Three leaders Halesworth Reseves went down 2-1 at Haughley Reserves. Peter Jelley and Danny Musselwhite were the Haughley scorers. Wickham Market Reserves are now level on points at the top after a 3-1 win over East Bergholt Reserves while a Lucas Carvalho Wolton hat-trick helped Trimley Red Devils Reserves to a 7 -2 win at Ransomes Sports Reserves.
COPS SUFFER A SURREAL 90 SECONDS!
Tucker the star as Cops fail to dent home defence.
Henley Athletic 2 Coplestonians 0
Cops young keeper Roan Tucker was called into action twice in the early stages as he first saved from Clark Bruce and then from Gavin Van One. Henley were on top in the early stages and Watling should have done better but fired over the bar.
Cops gradually got a foothold in the game and Jordan Godbold did well to break clear on the right and fire in a shot which was parried well for a corner by Jack Spurling. Jonny Linard had a couple of speculative shots as Cops looked to break the deadlock. However, it was the home side who turned the game on its head within 90 seconds.
Just prior to half time Stephen Cole broke clear on the left and fired in a cross that was deflected by Jimmy Fulker as he tried to block the ball; unfortunately for Cops it flew over the despairing Tucker. Almost immediately it was that man Cole again who benefited from a sliced clearance as he picked up the ball to fire home a powerful shot to give the home side a 2-0 half time lead.
The second half never reached any great heights for either side. Cops had the majority of the possession but it was the home side who had the best chances on the break. Tucker saved a one on one with Bruce and after a spell of Cops pressure it was Tucker again who made a further save from Bruce. Cops continued to press but Henley defended well and ran time out for the three points.
MOTM: Roan Tucker (Sponsored by Scott Clarke Vehicle Engineer)
DEVELOPMENT SIDE TOP THE TABLE!
Lister and Read star as a Pleace penalty seals the deal
Coplestonians Development 3 Unity FC 2
The Cops Development outfit went clear at the top of SIL Division Four with a fine win over Unity FC who prior to this game had a 100% record.
A top of the table clash between Cops and Unity, both of whom where unbeaten in five, was always going to be a hotly contested game. Unity struck the post in the opening 5 minutes before Cops began to get on top in the game. First half sub Euan Lister (sponsored by Pete Whittaker) opened the scoring after 35 minutes to give Cops a half time lead.
Cops picked up where they left off in the first half and a great solo effort from Ty Read (available to sponsor) put them 2-0 up. However, Unity hit back twice to bring the game level. Then Euan Lister played through Ty Read who was fouled in the penalty area and Darcy Pleace (sponsored by Westwood Caravan Park) stepped up to give Cops all 3 points.