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2016 was the dawn of a new era for the club, an ever growing youth section, the first sod being turned and the first brick being laid for our new home.

The building of the clubhouse which we now call home was a long time in the planning & construction and it was all done with one objective, to take our club and all its teams, both senior and junior, to a better place on the football map!

Hopefully 2017/18 will see us consolidate our place and go from strength to strength.

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Seasiders 3 Walsham Le Willows 0

Thurlow Nunn Reserve League

Saturday 3rd February 2018

REPORT MARK OWEN

With the First Team idle this weekend, it gave the club’s second string a chance to make the headlines, and wouldn’t you know it, it was a 16 year old (just), making his senior debut, that took the star prize in his first ever senior game! Jake Preston stole the show, coming on in the second half to finish with confidence, and help give the reserves a good 3-0 win at home to Walsham Le Willows. 

Since Christmas, the reserves have gone from strength to strength… this time, a second consecutive clean sheet - no small achievement, considering two of the back four are, like Jake, under 18 players! 

Yes, the Seasiders did field four from the first team squad, two returning from injury and two who needed some on the pitch game time, especially as the first team had no fixture, but credit to reserve/under 18’s manager Aren Howell, who is slowly building a strong group at both levels, you couldn't notice the difference as the reserve players have been in fine form of late.   

There was good early pressure by the home side from the off, Harry Archer and Shane Forbes both had decent efforts, but it wasn't until the 19th minute when the first real chance fell the Seasiders way, Sam Ford forcing a decent save from the Walsham keeper. The resulting corner was swung in and young defender Lewis Owen connected with the ball just inside the Walsham area, to hit a rising volley that rattled the visitors’ crossbar. 

Regan Pelling was causing the Walsham defence problems down the left hand side, and it was his good work that set up Nick Ingram to fire in an excellent effort that that was brilliantly saved and pushed onto the post to deny the home side, and Ingram was again in the thick of the action being denied after Harry Archer provided a great cross. 

The Seasiders kept the visitors at bay in the first half, limiting them to a couple of chances, but had a nervous moment just before half time, as a free kick outside the box went just over Ben Punter’s bar.  

The first 30 minutes of the second period carried on in similar vein to the first, with the home side dominant in possession, playing good football on the ground but unable to find the opening, partly due to some excellent defending by the Willows, and several efforts hitting the side netting. To be fair, Walsham created a couple of chances of their own as the game opened up, with Ben Punter called into action to brilliantly slide out and thwart the Walsham striker.  

The game opened up in the final 15 minutes and the deadlock was finally broken from the penalty spot, Sam Ford pounced on a loose ball in the Walsham area, only to be fouled  and Nick Ingram slotted the ball home from the spot, sending the keeper the wrong way.  

Walsham responded and should have done better, as a cross was met with a header that fortunately was wide of the target.  

Substitute Sam Segger saw a looping effort go just over the bar, but it was Jake Preston who was to grab the headlines with a fabulous first senior goal, after good work between another 16 year old, Rory Porter and Taylor Hastings, with Hastings providing a precision pass for the youngster to run onto, side step the advancing ‘keeper, and coolly slot it into the empty net with his left foot.   

The third and final goal game from Walsham’s own free kick midway into the Seasiders’ half. Macauley Howell won the header, Lewis Owen collected the ball as it ran loose and calmly fed Lewis Smy, who ran forward to shrug off Walsham defenders and release Sam Ford, who slotted the ball into the net past the keeper.  

A great 3-0 win for the reserves, playing football the right way from the back, holding onto the ball, retaining possession and playing patient football.  

It’s back to back wins and clean sheets for the growing team and is testament to the stewardship of the management team. A good crowd witnessed the win and with free entry for season ticket holders, hopefully more will follow for the home game next Saturday against Witham, if they are unable to make the trip to Newmarket with the first team! 

Seasiders: Ben Punter, Ryan Sparrow, Louis Donovan-Perry, Taylor Hastings, Lewis Owen, Joe Allum, Regan Pelling, Shane Forbes, Nick Ingram, Sam Ford, Harry Archer, Macauley Howell, Jake Preston, Sam Segger, Rory Porter, Lewis Smy.