Sadly the league and cup programme was decimated by the freezing conditions, with only a handful of matches surviving, thanks to sterling work by ground staff.
A few games, scattered throughout the Divisions, were able to survive the arctic conditions on Saturday.
In the Senior Division Haughley and Ransomes played out a 1-1 draw which saw Ransomes remain in fourth spot with Adam Todd their goal scorer. Leiston St Margarets defeated Wickham Market 2-1 at Junction Meadow, a result which meant that Saints move up to ninth.
There were also two games which took place in Division One. Free-scoring Bacton United had a 5-2 win over Stanton. Their goals were spread around with Josh Buckles, Harley Jordan-Smith, Tom Smith, Luke Keeble and Rory Christian all on the scoresheet for Ryan Owens’ side. Saxmundham Sports moved up to second following a goalless draw at home to Cockfield United.
No games were possible in Division Two but the Division Three fixture between Trimley Red Devils Reserves and Bacton United Reserves survived. Trimley took the three points after a last minute winner from Charlie Hudson saw them to a 3-2 success. Diego Couto and Ashley Veitch were also on the mark for the Red Devils while Tom Scott replied with a brace for Bacton.
In Division Four bottom side Capel Plough Reserves had a 5-3 win at home to Kesgrave Kestrels Reserves.
Division Five also saw one fixture completed with Stowupland Falcons Reserves gaining three points after beating Kirton Athletic Reserves 3-2 at Trimley Sports and Social Club.
Wenhaston Reserves conceded their game at Somersham Reserves in Division Six while in the same Division Kesgrave Kestrels ‘A’ had a 2-0 home win over Elmswell Reserves.
Ransomes hold out for unlikely draw
3 Dec – 07:54
Haughley Utd 1 Ransomes Sports 1
It was an afternoon for resistance of the most extreme kind for Ransomes, and by the end of it they were just about holding the line outside their penalty area. There were many moments when Ransomes looked vulnerable in the frantic battle to repel Haughley, yet there were some great moments of defiance. It was an afternoon when cool heads and lion hearts were required, and Ransomes had them in abundance.
Their answer to a selection crisis that had deprived them of 8 players from last weekend? Simply, for those who did play, to push themselves to the limit. There were times, as Haughley laid seige to the goal in the second half, Ransomes looked ready to drop. They did not, and the collective effort was herculean.
Ransomes had been excellent in the opening exchanges of this match and there was a stunning goal on 13 minutes from Adam Todd on his return from injury. It was a wonderful ensemble piece with Josh Caraccio’s precise pass scattering the Haughley defenders and Todd concluded the matter with a most clinical finish.
It was to become a relatively quieter afternoon for Ransomes after this with Adam Todd looking their best hope of stretching the Haughley defence. On 31 minutes, he was denied a second goal by Lynn at full stretch and the road to redemption for Haughley started from this point. This was the moment when the tide started to turn and Charlie Langham was forced into a double save to deny the home side an equaliser before the break.
Haughley began to strut their stuff very quickly after the break with the introduction of Garcia off the bench, but their progress at this stage of the game favoured the right flank, and Skinner made in-roads on 51 minutes, cutting into the box, to level for the home side. With forty minutes still to play, Haughley did everything in their attempt to score a second and it felt as if this was to be inevitable. That opening goal for Ransomes now seemed a lifetime ago.
There were so many opportunities for Haughley along the way in this most one-sided of second halves. Mishit shots, wild finishes, and great saves from Charlie Langham – had any of these gone Haughley’s way then it might all have made sense and they would be celebrating an overdue home win. It would have been simpler for Ransomes to accept that for all their defiance this was just not their afternoon but they continued to push themselves to the limit chasing down the creative element of Haughley. The legs tired and the possession count sunk to empty – it was a glorious second half of Haughley pressure, and cussedness from Ransomes.
Annihilated by injuries and availability, such was the depth of the selection crisis that this was pretty much the only team Ransomes could have picked, but they weathered everything that Haughley could throw at them. It was backs to the wall, but an overstretched Ransomes defence held on to the bitter end, and finally caught a break. For Haughley, on the balance of play and the chances they created, they will be disappointed at not taking all three points from this game.