MORRISON FREIGHT CUP & SIL ROUND UP
Seven Morrison Freight Second Round Cup games took place with plenty of goals to warm the watching spectators.
Second Division Kirton Athletic produced the surprise of the day as they knocked out Senior Division strugglers Claydon 4-1. Charlie McCarthy netted a brace with Kirton’s other goals coming from Connor Westley and Daniel Poxon.
Holders Henley won 8-0 at Division One side Saxmundham Sports. Stephen Cole notched a hat-trick while there were two goals each for Gavin Van Oene and Clark Bruce. Ross White scored the Hens opener.
Trimley Red Devils continued their good form with a 6-3 success at Sporting 87. Curtis Harvey netted twice with Ryan Chidlow, Shane Murphy, Nathan Baker and Dan Stagg also on the scoresheet for the visitors.
Wickham Market produced a fine performance to see off high-flying visitors Halesworth 4-0 while two goals from Kurt Warren helped Haughley progress with a 5-0 triumph at local rivals Bacton.
The all Division One game between Grundisburgh and Woolverstone ended 4-4 with Grundisburgh going through 4-3 on penalties while in the other tie played Debenham beat Leiston St Margarets 3-0.
There was one game in the Senior Division as Ransomes strengthened their position in third after a 2-0 win over East Bergholt. Matt Oxbrow and Adam Todd were the goalscorers.
In Division Two leaders Sporting 87 Reserves extended their advantage at the top to six points following a 5-1 win at Ipswich Athletic helped by a hat-trick from Sam Kingston. The other game played in the Division saw Great Blakenham Chequers win 5-2 at Claydon Reserves. James Claridge scored twice for the visitors whose other goals came from Jack Ellis, Shane Fricker and Darryn Van Oene.
Redgrave Rangers failed to gain ground on the leaders in Division Three as they went down 2-0 at home to Framlingham Town A. Ransomes Reserves continued their revival with a 2-1 home win over Bacton Reserves while two goals from Adam Hart helped Trimley Red Devils Reserves to a 2-2 home draw with Gipping Gnats.
Finally many thanks to all the hard-working people who take the time to update the results, scorers and club news on social media and the sil web pages. Without this there would be no round-up. Its much appreciated
Happy New Year.
MORRISON FREIGHT CUP 2ND ROUND
BACTON UNITED 0 HAUGHLEY UNITED 5
Kurt Warren 21 & 32 mins
Max Skinner 24 mins
Tyler Whebby 27 mins
Craig Simpson 51 mins (pen)
REFEREE: Sam Holman
There was to be no upset in this Mid-Suffolk local derby as Senior Division Haughley blew their Division One opponents away on the back of a dominant first half performance.
Bacton were able to stay level for the opening 20 minutes though the pressure on their goal was building. Warren fired narrowly over before Alex Breadman and Max Skinner had efforts which deflected wide.
Harley Jordan-Smith then fed Josh Buckles in a rare attack only for Haughley keeper Barry Lynn to block .
Warren then netted the opener after being set up by Max Skinner before Skinner himself raced cleared and arrowed an effort into the bottom corner to double the advantage.
Tyler Whebby added a third when his 30 yard free kick deceived Bacton keeper Jack Hardy and then Warren made it four on 32 minutes after Macauley Bell’s effort was only partially cleared.
Bacton were showing signs of a revival and Lynn was called into action again as he pushed over a header from James Hitter though Haughley could have added a fifth before the break only for Hardy to make a great point-blank stop from Breadman.
Buckles might have pulled a goal back immediately after the restart only to lob over before Jack Finbow was adjudged to have handled in the area and Haughley half-time substitute Craig Simpson just beat Hardy from the spot.
Sadly it was only a cameo appearance from the experienced front man as he injured himself chipping the ball against the Bacton bar on the hour and had to limp off.
Matt Wright then missed an opportunity to make it six before Bacton came on strong in the last 20 minutes and were unlucky not to get themselves on the scoresheet.
Substitute Rory Christian twice went close as did Harley Jordan-Smith who hit the outside of a post before being denied by Lynn again.
Morrison Freight Cup: Saxmundham Sports FC 0 – 8 Henley Athletic FC
A large and good spirited crowd of 109 gathered to see out the last game of 2023, which saw Henley progress into the next round to face Kirton Athletic FC, by a large margin that doesn’t tell the full story of the game.
Sax came out of the blocks well, matching Henley across the pitch, albeit that the visitors had the majority of possession. The 1stchance fell to Henley on 6 minutes, some great skill from Cole creating the opportunity, but Liam Ablitt’s effort was cleared off the line. Sax were a constant threat and Henley needed Spurling to be at his best to make a good save after 20 minutes with the Sax striker through one on one.
Henley took the lead after 26 minutes, a fine ball from Cowan picked out White who fired in a low drive for 0-1. 5 minutes later it was 0-2, Cowan’s cross finished with a perfectly placed bullet header from Bruce from 8 yards. On 44 minutes Henley extended their lead, a through ball from Tejano, into the run of Cole, whose strike found the bottom corner for 0-3 at HT
Henley made changes after the break, Deb replacing Tejano, who’d picked up a minor knock earlier in the game. Saxmundham’s style of passing play continued to impress, but on 53 minutes it was Henley who scored again, Bruce slotting home a penalty after a handball for 0-4. Watling came off the bench and was joined by the return of Sheppard to the squad, even manager Bevis came on for a cameo appearance. To their credit Saxmundham continued to play the game in the correct manner and kept coming forward, but as they tired Henley were ruthless.
On 79 minutes Van Oene nonchalantly curled one in for 0-5. Two minutes later Cole cut in from the left, beat his man and fired home for 0-6. On 83 minutes, Cowan’s ball found Van Oene free on the edge of the box, he made no mistake in making it 0-7. But there was still time for one more, and on 85 minutes Cole again cut in to unleash a low drive to bring the final score to 0-8.
A good performance from Henley against a determined and organised opposition, who for periods of the game matched us across the pitch. Ultimately, the differences between the sides were in the final ball, finishing and fitness levels. Our strike force drew much admiration, Cole picking up the Ultra’s MOTM, but Bruce and Van Oene also gave excellent displays, as did Cowan, who dominated in midfield. But Saxmundham deserve a lot of praise, they play a nice style of football, play as a team and are fully committed to their club, should they manage to achieve promotion, they’ll be a credit to Senior football. A word too for today’s officials, led by Mr Bradshaw, who had a fine game throughout.
The pitch and facilities at Saxmundham are first class, they’re well supported and the bar, before, during and post match was buzzing, they gave us a great welcome for which we thank them, with many Ultras staying long after the final whistle. All at Henley wish them luck for the remainder of the season.
Happy New Year All
East Bergholt Utd 0 Ransomes Sports 2
Played at Sidegate Avenue due to a waterlogged Gandish Road, Ransomes ended a testing 2023 for the club in style with a comfortable 2-0 win over East Bergholt Utd that lifts them into third place in the SIL Senior Division.
It was Ransomes who imposed themselves at the outset and continued to do so, a blur of red and black, of shifting shapes, and they were full value for their two goal half time lead. The truth was that they should have been out of sight.
Brandon Archer made it clear of the “visitors” intent in the opening minute as Scriviner saved with his legs, but the breakthrough came 60 seconds later. Keiron Double burst down the right to deliver a booming cross to the far post that evaded the Bergholt defenders. The rest was all about the technique and composure of Matt Oxbrow, his shot beating Scriviner at the near post.
The next time Ransomes attacked with any menace they made it 2-0 on 26 minutes. Matt Oxbrow, enjoying the space East Bergholt afforded him, took possession after a long clearance upfield. His touch round the keeper was heavy and took him wide of the goal but he cut the ball back for a rampaging Adam Todd to smash home a meaty shot between the covering defenders.
Greenwood fired a shot narrowly wide of the far post as East Bergholt’s token gesture of the half but Ransomes kept coming, and as half time approached, Matt Oxbrow had a goal disallowed and Adam Todd forced Scriviner into saving at his near post.
The crazy thing was that Ransomes stopped playing after the break. They appeared happy to sit deep and offered little attacking moments – perhaps it was simply a reflection of their comfort. East Bergholt are pleasing on the eye. The stats will quite clearly show they had the vast majority of the possession after the break, but this spoke less of their dominance and more of their toothlessness and indecision in the final third. Supremacy in the middle third hardly feels relevant when it is accompanied by such a lack of conviction in the box. That said, this was a solid, committed performance from Ransomes, and it ended a run of 16 games this season without a clean sheet.