EJA Under 14 Match Stories 2016/17

Braintree Town 2 Seasiers 0

Sunday 26th March 2017

Eastern Junior Alliance

After a really good team performance the previous week the Seasiders faced a trip to National League Braintree Town who only needed a point to secure the title. With 1st choice keeper Sam injured & striker Ethan unavailable, it would need a similar performance from the Reds.

Starting 11 – Freddy, Connor, Jolyon, Kieran, Krystian, Ben, Cale, Drew, Matty W, Sony & Curtis with a bench of Joe, Jamie, Liam, Cameron & Colby.

A sunny but chilly afternoon as the Seasiders kicked off playing up the slope, both teams fully committed in the opening minutes but the visitors settled the quicker and were looking in control with the midfield five pressing their hosts high up the pitch forcing them into errors, two long range efforts from Cale came & went whilst at the other end a free kick saw Freddy watch the effort go past his post, the game was a real battle but the Seasiders were still the team in the ascendency, two quick opportunities came as Curtis through, saw his shot well saved, and a mix up at the back allowed Drew a chance to volley home but unfortunately too close to the keeper, the defence was well marshalled by centre backs Jolyon & Kieran despite Krystian having to come off with dizziness following a knock to the face the Reds comfortably saw the game through to half time 0-0 with the visitors disappointed not to be ahead.

Second half we knew the champions elect would respond and a quicker tempo in their play caught the Seasiders slightly off guard and last ditch defending denied the Braintree striker a clear shot at goal. At the other end a mesmerising run from Matty W took on four defenders past the byline and looked to play in Curtis, but intercepted at the last minute. The reds had managed to see off the early Braintree pressure when Jolyon was adjudged to have fouled the winger which looked harsh from where we were standing, a yellow card for the defender after remonstrating with the ref, the resulting free kick saw the a looping effort from the left over the outstretched Freddies hand and into the net, harsh on the visitors as the home side celebrated.

A freshen up in midfield & attack with Cam on for Curtis, Jamie & Colby on. The Seasiders almost replied immediately when the outstanding Ben’s long range effort narrowly went over the bar with the keeper struggling, at the other end a great save down at the strikers feet from Freddie kept the score at 1-0. Despite the game now being stretched the Seasiders were well in the game but couldn’t find the opening, despite some great possession football. Liam then injured was replaced by Krystian and Joe on for the hard working Matty W as the Seasiders went for broke in search of the equalizer, unfortunately in the dying minutes it was the hosts who broke on the counter as the striker went through and slotted past the helpless Freddie.

Final Score Braintree 2 Seasiders 0

Despite the comfortable looking scoreline for the hosts the Seasiders produced a great performance all over the pitch and were the better side for long periods of the game, we congratulate Braintree who deservedly won the league and have consistently been the best losing only one game all season, for the Reds an encouraging display to show the levels they can produce which will bode well for the final few weeks & next season.

Dan Taylor

 

Seasiders 5 v 2 Newmarket 

Sunday 19th March 2017

Eastern Junior Alliance

So the last home fixture of the league campaign saw the visit of Newmarket who despite a slow start to the league have picked up during the second part of the season and this was their final fixture of the campaign.

For the hosts still some injury concerns with Cale (Illness) & Connor (Ankle) both absent and Colby only fit enough for the bench.

Starting 11- Sam, Liam, Kieran, Jolyon, Krystian, Ben, Sony, Drew, Matty W, Curtis & Ethan with Jamie, Cameron, Colby & Joe subs.

With strong winds going to play a part, the Seasiders had the breeze behind them as they kicked off, a strong start with Curtis just going wide with an effort. The Seasiders were dealing with the conditions better than the visitors and looked dangerous everytime they came forward, the first goal came after good work from Drew on the right & he found Ethan who played the ball into Curtis to finish well. The opening goal & deserved with the Reds looking bright. The visitors looked to get into the game but strong defending from the back four kept things tight and the second goal quickly came with Drew picking out an inch perfect cross for Curtis to head home, great move 2-0 to the Seasiders.

Given the tricky conditions the build-up play was good & the confidence was starting to grow within the team, number three came just on the stroke of half time and the influential Ethan was involved again setting up Drew who made no mistake with a strong finish.

Half time Seasiders 3 Newmarket 0.

An enforced change saw Jolyon (back) replaced by Joe with Sony & Liam switching positions, with the wind now in front of them the Reds would find things slightly tougher, the opening exchanges more equal but the best chance fell to Matty Wright who caught a strong left shot which the keeper caught unsighted did well to parry away, at the other end a freekick over Sam’s bar.

A treble change then with Colby & Jamie coming on and paying dividends immediately after Ben’s neat through ball found Cam and his left foot effort partially cleared but Colby on hand to score number four. The visitors continued to rally and pulled back a goal after a clearance was not cleared properly and the forward to a touch and hit an unstoppable effort into the corner of the net, 4-1 and an open & entertaining match continued to flow. Any hopes of a comeback were quickly ended as the hard working Ethan got on the end of another through ball and finished smartly to make it 5-1.

Both teams continued to attack until the end but the visitors had the last word with a thunderbolt of a shot which caught the wind and went in off the underside of the cross bar. Final score on an entertaining morning Seasiders 5 Newmarket 2.

An excellent mornings football with both team’s positive, for the reds a number of good performances and a real freshness to the team. With 3 games remaining the lads should relish the up & coming games.

Dan Taylor

 

 

Seasiders 1 Braintree 2

Sunday 26th February 2017

Eastern Junior Alliance

Back to the league for the Seasiders and the visit of champions elect Braintree Town a strong outfit who had just the one defeat and were in ominous form having won six nil the previous week, for the Seasiders a great opportunity to pit their wits against them . Team news wise the hosts were minus the services of Connor & Colby who were both injured.

Starting 11Sam, Sony, Jolyon, Kieran, Krystian, Ben, Cale, Cameron, Drew, Mattie W & Ethan making his home debut up top with Jamie, Curtis, Liam & Joe on the bench.

The hosts got the game underway on a windy morning and made a bright start with some neat football, Ethan a constant menace with his running off the shoulder of the defenders, both teams tried to get the ball down and play with Braintree going close but well tipped over by Sam, the Seasiders were well in the game when they fell behind to a great free kick which caught the wind in the last minute and drifted into the top right hand corner great strike and nothing Sam could do. Despite falling a goal behind the home side continued to press and looked dangerous when they came forward neat passages of play with Ben & Cale prominent in the middle of the park, the Seasiders won a free kick in a dangerous position which Ben struck well cannoned back of the crossbar, so unlucky and made worse when Braintree counter attacked and doubled their lead, again a goal of real quality as the ball fell kindly to the attacker who the hit the ball sweetly into the top corner, 0-2 and an uphill battle for the reds. Cameron pulled up with an injury and was replaced by Curtis, the strikers combined well to almost tee up Curtis but the defence held firm and the half time break 0-2.

The 2nd half saw the home side with the wind behind them and they made a bright start to the half with a penalty appeal after a push on Drew but nothing doing, at the other end the visitors remained a threat with quick counter attacks but the defence held firm a number of times working together in packs, as the game wore on the game became stretched and the Seasiders were linking well with Drew in a deeper role playing a nice pass through with Ethan almost on the end but brave keeping denying him, the Seasiders did pull a goal back and in keeping with the game was great finish after a great ball from the impressive Ben found Drew who hit the ball sweetly off the underside of the crossbar and in, despite a late rally the hosts could not find the equalizer but a really good game to watch, final score Seasiders 1 Braintree 2.

Without doubt a much improved performance by home side against a team that has only dropped 3 points all season, some excellent football with everyone working hard and on another day may have gone our way but not to be, an entertaining game none the less.

Dan Taylor

 

Seasiders 2 Bury Colts  1

Sunday 29th January 2017

Eastern Junior Alliance

After last week’s postponement & cup duty the week before the Seasiders got back to league action playing host to Bury Colts for the third time this season, the visitors had a number of players missing but any thoughts of an easy afternoon were never in anyone’s minds, the two games previous had seen the Seasiders come away with a 1-0 win & a 2-0 win but were well earned against a dogged side who give everything, today’s game would be no different.

Team news wise Colby was only fit enough for the bench and a few of the boys not fully fit.

Starting 11Sam, Connor, Jolyon, Kieran, Krystian, Ben, Cale, Matty W, Drew, Cameron & Curtis with a bench of Joe, Sony, Jamie, Colby & Liam.

The hosts got the game underway on a soggy but more than playable pitch, as expected a ferocious start to the game with both sides committed in the tackle, an early goal came for the Seasiders when a ball in found Curtis whose shot was only parried by the keeper with Drew following up, 1-0 to the Seasiders but the game was very equal with neither getting a proper foothold in the game.

Colts threatened with the right winger looking particularly dangerous and they soon levelled things up after a through ball played in Harris who tucked the ball beyond the on rushing Sam, 1-1 at the mid-way point in the first half. The Seasiders rallied but found the extra man in the visitors midfield tricky to get the passing game going, a change was needed and Sony came into the midfield which gave the hosts the edge and a free kick from Ben just over the bar whilst a dangerous ball from Krystian evaded everyone, still it was the hosts who struck the decisive goal with a neat move again involving the front three with Matty Wright pouncing at the near post after the keeper spilled to give the Seasiders the narrow advantage at the break.

Half Time Seasiders 2 Colts 1.

The 2nd half saw Jamie come on for Drew on the right & the Seasiders were resilient as the pressing of the visitors made it a no holds barred contest with tackles flying in, tempers fraying, the hosts carried more of the goal threat from open play with Jamie thumping the cross bar with Ben’s follow up skimming the post, Kieran then took a blow and was winded with Joe coming on at left back and Liam replacing the poorly Krystian.

Bury were very much in the game still and some good delivery from corners almost paid dividends with Sam tipping over from close range, at the other end a double chance for Sony as he went through on goal with the first one wide and the second saved. Colby came on for the last 15 minutes and the game was still being played at a high tempo, Joe was then caught late as he went to play the ball and had to be taken off with an injury, a flurry of corners late on were dealt with by the Seasiders defence and they held out for a 2-1 victory in a somewhat niggly game with plenty of passion from both sides.

Full Time Seasiders 2 Bury Colts 1.

The lads showed real character & the other side of their game against a good side who are always hard to beat, the desire to win and more importantly hold their nerve was evident and the team spirit amongst this set of boys growing with each game with all giving everything for the cause, a hard fought victory but a rewarding one none the less.

Dan Taylor

 

Seasiders 4 Stowmarket 0

Sunday 8th January 2017

Eastern Junior Alliance

Back to league matters after a 4 week break and the visit of Stowmarket’s EJA side looking to avenge the 3-1 defeat earlier in the season, the visitors form has seen them pick up some good results and were sitting mid table at the half way point, for the Seasiders they were looking to continue their recent winning run and were at full strength with Jolyon coming in for his debut Starting 11

Sam, Connor, Jolyon, Kieran, Krystian, Ben, Cale, Colby, Matty W, Jamie & Curtis with Liam, Joe, Cameron, Sony & Drew on the bench.

The visitors got the game underway on a mild afternoon with the pitch in excellent condition, the opening exchanges saw both sides pressing trying to get an upper hand in the game making it an entertaining contest, Stow looking dangerous when they came forward but Kieran marshalling the back four keeping a good shape, at the other end the Seasiders slowly started to get on top with some excellent interplay one touch between Jamie, Cale & Colby setting up Krystian on the right whose cross was almost met by Curtis but the keeper did well to clear at the strikers feet, a change at the mid way point with Drew coming onto the right and making an immediate impact as the reds opened the scoring, a neat move from the left with Matty W playing in Connor who drove down the left and sent a perfect cross for Drew who headed into the corner, great move & finish and gave the Seasiders a spring in their step, the lead was quickly doubled after good work from Ben teed up Colby who smashed a sweet shot into the corner 2-0 a quickfire double leaving the visitors with some work to do, almost a third right on half time as Curtis wriggled free of his marker with just the keeper to beat but a great save deflecting it wide.

Half time 2-0 

A freshen up at half time with Sony & Cameron both coming on to freshen things up, the 2nd half started in similar fashion with plenty of energy from both sides, the visitors tried to rally but couldn’t find any clear openings whilst at the other end an early chance for the Seasiders with Sony’s shot into the side netting, the Reds were still looking the sharper and were on top so no surprise when number three came, again excellent work from the left with Connors pace causing all sorts of problems, again great delivery with Cameron on hand to glance the ball into the corner 3-0 and once again great build up. A chance to keep things fresh saw Jamie return on the right and Joe & Liam come on, this didn’t alter the pattern of play and again a similar move saw the impressive Connor send another cross over this time met by the head of Drew for his second of the game, he almost completed a hatrick with an overhead kick but the Seasiders saw the game home and take the three points with the first game of the year.

Final Score Seasiders 4 Stowmarket Town 0.

After a 4 week break this was a pleasing performance and the training sessions through the Christmas break paid dividends with a real sharpness to their play, the one touch build up was first class and the delivery from the wings excellent as well as the finishing, with some tough assignments ahead the lads look ready for the challenge.

Dan Taylor

 

 

Bury Colts 0 Seasiders 2

Sunday 11th December 2016

League

Back to league matters and a tricky looking fixture with Bury Colts who would be looking to avenge the cup defeat at the hands of the Seasiders earlier in the season, always a tough fixture and we knew today would be no different on a chilly afternoon. For the reds a smaller squad than usual with illness & injury ruling out 3 players.

Starting 11 – Sam, Connor, Liam, Kieran, Krystian, Ben, Cale, Colby, Matty W, Drew & Curtis with Jamie, Joe & Mark on the bench.

Bury got the game underway on a heavy looking pitch, the first few minutes saw both teams look to get the ball down and pass it with the Seasiders first to really settle, an excellent passage of play down the left saw Connor & Matty W combine with a dangerous cross that Drew volleyed from close range straight at the keeper, good move and the visitors stayed in control with the midfield trio of Ben, Cale & Colby working hard feeding the wingers at every attempt, Curtis was next to go close after a mix up at the back almost let the striker in but cleared at the last minute, from the resulting corner Ben struck a shot straight at the keeper, the chances were coming and it was no surprise when the Seasiders opened the scoring, a dangerous freekick whipped in by Ben which was only partially handled by the keeper with Cale on the follow up to slot home, the ref deemed that the keeper didn’t have full control of the ball and the goal stood, Bury 0 Seasiders 1. The hosts were battling well without creating too many openings, the second goal came with the move of the match, once again coming from the left Matty Wright jinked his way past two defenders sending over a great cross Curtis leapt well and met the header perfectly into the roof of the net, great finish & move leading up to it, despite the dominance a scare at the other end when the Colts striker received the ball swivelled and hit an early shot which come off the post great technique and a warning to the visitors, just before half time a knee injury to Liam as he met the ball beyond the attacking striker who caught him accidentally, the defender came off to be replaced by Joe.

HT – Bury 0 Seasiders 2.

The 2nd half saw Jamie come on for Matty W, the seasiders kicked off the 2nd half and were met by a more determined Bury side who were winning more of the ball in midfield and looking to play the quick ball through to the attackers, Kieran & Connor stood firm and beyond that Sam in goal with some excellent handling, the Seasiders were starting to look fatigued and really had to dig in against the Bury lads who were sensing they could get themselves back into the game, Ben unwell battled through but had to come off with Drew dropping into the 10 role with Colby back in central midfield, the Reds were just doing enough and almost struck a third goal when Matty W made his way to the byline with two players waiting in the middle couldn’t quite get the ball across, the hosts continued to press but couldn’t find a way through. Final Score Bury 0 Seasiders 2.

Certainly a game of two halves with some incisive football first half and good opportunities created & taken with the second goal certainly the move of the match, the second half saw the hosts really press the Reds and although not pretty they really dug in to show the other side of their game, a pleasing way to end the first part of the season.

Dan Taylor

 

Seasiders 4 Newmarket 1

Sunday 4th December

Treasurers Cup

After a quiet weekend the previous week it was back to EJA action and the visit of Newmarket Town who had been in good form in recent weeks following an in-different start to the campaign, at stake a place in the Quarter Finals of the Treasurers Cup.

With players absent the previous weekends it was good to see a strong squad available, starting 11 – Sam in goal, a back four of Connor, Sony, Kieran & Krystian, midfield of Jamie, Colby, Drew, Cale & Ben with Curtis starting up front the bench consisted of Liam, Cameron, Joe & Mark.

A chilly but bright morning the hosts got the game underway, straight onto the front foot and the first move of the game saw Drew through who finished well within the first minute but was adjudged offside, this was a sign of things to come as the Seasiders flew out the blocks, a corner from the left almost deceiving everyone, Curtis just wide and a long-range effort from Cale just over. There was a real intensity about the reds as they were first to every ball with Newmarket struggling to put anything together, the first goal soon came, again from the left a corner from Jamie which caught the wind and dipped beyond the keeper, 1 nil and reward for an excellent opening. The second goal came in quick succession and a neat pass found Curtis in space who made no mistake netting from close range, still no let up on the Newmarket goal and the high pressing game was evident. Goal number three came and probably the move of the game, neat play on the right playing Colby in who released an early ball for Curtis again to hit the ball early into the corner, smart move and an excellent finish. The final goal of the half was from the spot when the alert Curtis looked to push the ball past the onrushing defender but was taken out recklessly on the follow through, some would say lucky to escape a straight red card and looked nasty, thankfully the striker was back on his feet and Colby despatched the penalty, excellent half of football for the reds, half time Seasiders 4 Newmarket 0.

The 2nd half saw a raft of changes with a number of boy’s suffering knocks but a chance for others to get some game time. With the wind in front of the Seasiders the passing game became more fragmented and a more even half saw Newmarket have the lions share of possession, no real clear cut chances but some good possession football from the visitors and a couple of long-range efforts past Sam’s post, at the other end the reds almost had number five as a dangerous cross almost met at the far post, the visitors did get themselves a consolation goal in the last minute but not enough time to make more impact. Final Score Seasiders 4 Newmarket 1.

An excellent first half display from the lads with movement all over the pitch, chances created with a real intensity to our play both on and off the ball, second half predictably wasn’t so fluent due to the number of changes made and credit to the visitors who were much improved after the break, so the quarter final awaits as well as a County Cup semi-final in the new year, plenty for everyone to look forward too.

Dan Taylor

 

Seasiders  1 Stanway  3

Sunday 13th November

League

No easy games within the Alliance and another tricky looking encounter with Stanway who were in a similar position in the league having picked up some form, for the hosts still a few injuries with Ben unable to start and boy’s carrying knocks. Starting 11 – Sam, Connor, Kieran, Krystian, Drew, Matty W, Colby, Liam, Cale, Sony & Cameron with Jamie, Curtis, Jude, Joe & Ben on the bench.

The visitors got the game under way with the pitch looking good despite the heavy rain the previous day, neither team really settled into a passing rhythm but it was the home side who looked the more threatening when a clever ball found Sony on the right with attackers arriving in space the cross was delayed and danger averted, at the other end Sam smothered well at the feet as Stanway looked to hit the ball early, still it was the hosts who opened the scoring and a more direct through ball fell perfectly to Sony who chipped the on rushing goalkeeper to put the Seasiders one up at the mid way point of the half, neither team were looking assured defensively and you felt more goals were on their way, unfortunately for the hosts it was the visitors who stole the equalizer after a good build up from the left saw a good cross come in with the striker nipping in front of Connor to head home despite Sam getting a hand on it. Half time 1-1 an end to end game with plenty of openings.

A freshen up for the 2nd half with Ben, Jamie & Curtis all coming on, the first 15 minutes of the half saw Felixstowe on top and creating some good chances with first Matty Wright one on one with the keeper but was well saved after a neat through ball from Curtis played him in, Kieron then so unlucky when his shot hit the bar, Colby through again but the keeper just got there and the other effort to Sony wouldn’t come down and his shot into the side netting, at this level of football unfortunately if you do not take the chances you can get punished as the visitors then enjoyed their best spell with Sam making a great save at close range, the visitors did go ahead when a through ball was toe poked home at the second attempt after neat build up play with ten minutes to play, the reds tried to get the equalizer and a free kick narrowly wide from Colby no lack of effort in doing so but were caught late on when a quick break saw the visitors net again, final score 1-3.

An enjoyable game, a real see-saw encounter with both sides creating opportunities even if the football wasn’t as good as it has been in recent weeks, for the hosts there were some positives but at this level you need to make the most of the opportunities as Stanway did in the end, a good learning curve once again.

Dan Taylor

 

Bury Colts EJA  0 Seasiders  1

Sunday 30th October

Suffolk County Cup

From league action to Cup and a 2nd round tie with Bury Colts EJA in the County Cup, an awkward looking tie on paper with the home side boasting an impressive record in this competition over the last few seasons, for the Seasiders a chance to keep the run going with injuries starting to subside we welcomes back Connor into the centre of defence after a 5 week absence.

Starting 11 – Sam, Sony, Connor, Kieran, Krystian, Cale, Ben, Drew, Matty W, Colby & Curtis with Jamie & Joe on the bench as well as Liam who was still not quite at 100%.

The visitors got the game under way on a foggy morning but good conditions for football, straight away the Seasiders took control of possession and were building up patiently, the best outlet looked over on the right where Drew was taking up some good positions but stout defending from the Colts full back denying him the space to get his cross in, through the middle Curtis was looking lively but a little eager making his runs slightly earlier than needed and was caught offside several times, as the half wore on the visitors continued to press but found a well drilled & organised defence in front of them particularly in the final third. The hosts best chance came just before half time when a clever ball caught the defence & keeper in two minds and the striker almost nipped in but Sam alert to the danger cleared well, the Colts had their best spell of the game up until half time but this time the Seasiders defence looked solid and saw the game through to half time with no goals but plenty of endeavour.

With the frontline slightly isolated we changed things around with Jamie coming on over to the right & Drew switching to the left with Sony using his physical strength in a more forward based position, hopefully this would bring its rewards, a similar pattern ensued with Ben & Cale outstanding in the middle of the park having more of the possession, a corner for the Seasiders almost bought a goal unluckily Connor’s head just failed to connect, the shape of the team good and we needed to be patient against a hardworking Colts side, at the other end the home striker almost in but shot wide when it suddenly opened up, with time ticking away the pattern of the game stayed the same, tackles going in with neither side giving an inch, the Seasiders worked some good area’s but again no way through, a tweak in the system again with Sony dropping slightly deeper and Jamie coming in more centrally, with extra time looming and the last two minutes of the game the opportunity came as Joe worked the opening with Matty Wright, a dangerous looking cross was only partially palmed away by the keeper and Jamie kept composure to hit the ball with the outside of the foot, despite the despairing dive of the defender the goal bound effort nestled in and the Seasiders joyous, still with a few minutes to the hosts gambled and went with three up top, a ball into the box had the visitors sweating but was finally dealt with and a real tight affair finished Bury Colts EJA 0 Seasiders 1.

Both teams gave everything, a physical proper game with neither team backing down, for the Colts well organised & very strong and the game despite the lack of goals was an absorbing contest, we look forward to the quarter finals but also the two league encounters with the hosts.

Dan Taylor

 

 

Stowmarket Town EJA 1 Seasiders  3

Sunday 23rd October

EJA- League

Back to league action and a trip to Stowmarket who like ourselves were in there debut season within the Eastern Junior Alliance making a bright start winning 3 of their first 4 fixtures.

Team news wise the injuries were still there with no Connor, Jude, Liam & a doubt around Kieran though he made it the starting eleven, we drafted in Charlie who was available giving us some extra security in defence -

Starting 11 – Sam, Joe, Charlie, Kieran, Krystian, Sony, Ben, Drew, Matty W, Colby & Curtis with Finn, Jamie & Cale starting on the bench.

The visitors got the game under way on a nice autumn morning on a narrow pitch bobbly in places, the opening quarter of the game was controlled by the Seasiders who probed and looked for a way through but the hosts were stubborn defensively and despite a lot of possession no real chances created, the game continued in this mode with Stow starting to come into the game forcing a corner well dealt with by the defence, at the other end a well struck shot from Ben turned round the post, from the resulting corner a goal bound header well saved but Kieran on hand to poke the ball home and give the visitors the opening goal, still the game saw a similar pattern with plenty of hard work but little in the way of goal mouth action, this changed at the mid way point in the half when a corner wasn’t cleared properly and Sam making a fine double save but couldn’t do anything to stop a looping effort going over despite his best efforts 1-1 and game on, the dangerous Matty Wright on the left seemed to be the chief threat and a couple of jinking runs through the defence were intercepted at the last minute and a freekick from Colby narrowly missing the post, at half time 1-1.

The second half and the need to freshen up with Jamie coming in on the right & Cale into his usual centre midfield role alongside Ben with Sony dropping back into defence, the hosts kicked off and a similar pattern to the game with the Reds controlling possession but things not quite coming off in the final third, the Seasiders forced a corner which was well delivered and Matty Wright swooped to get his head on it 1-2 and the Felixstowe lads back in the ascendency, gaps were starting to appear in the home sides defence and once again a counter attack from the right was fed into Drew who calmly slotted home with a neat finish 1-3 and breathing space, the next ten minutes saw the home side rally and a smart save at close range from Sam kept the score at 3-1 at the other end a quick break found Curtis one on one with the keeper but his effort well saved, the last ten minutes saw the hosts get on top and despite some good movement Felixstowe took the 3 points, final score Stow EJA 1 Seasiders 3

On reflection a day when the visitors got the job done with no thrills or spills, slightly lacklustre at times & vocally quiet but a good sign when you win and you are not at your best, the win moves the lads into the top 3 with 4 games played.

Dan Taylor

Seasiders  1  Cockfosters  3

Sunday 16th October

EJA Cup

After a comfortable result the previous week we welcomed Cockfosters in the Cup who were from the Herts EJA league and sure to be a good test for the Seasiders.

Team news wise the injuries were playing their part with Liam injured in the warm up, Finn nursing an injury and Connor & Natty still unavailable, there was still a good depth to the squad with Sam in goal, a slight altered back four with Matty Wright almost a wing back on the left with Sony, Kieran & Krystian back at right back, the midfield trio of Ben, Cale & Colby with Jude on the right and Drew on the left with Curtis up front. The bench was Joe, Jamie & Mark.

The visitors got the game under way and were looking to impose their physical strength from the off, the Seasiders were in no mood to be rolled over and the opening exchanges suggested this would be a good footballing game with both sides committed but getting the ball down, the excellent Ben & Cale were working well together and got Jude free with the cross dealt with by the visitors, at the other end Cockfosters were looking dangerous with the number nine midfielder running things, the first goal went to them and was deemed a cross that looped over Sam into the goal, slightly against the run of play but full marks to the attacker. For the Seasiders this didn’t deter them and almost immediately from the kick off equalized when a great cross from Drew on the left ricochet to Cale who forced the ball home, 1-1 and a real end to end game with the Seasiders on top in midfield but the visitors had some real strength & power on the break which made it an intriguing encounter, you felt the next goal crucial and unfortunately for the reds it went to visitors after a neat move the striker struck an early shot that went through a number of bodies and nestled into the corner, 1-2. Still the hosts were working hard and created a great opportunity when a dangerous cross wasn’t cleared and Cale from close range shot over the bar, right on half time the injured Jude came off with Jamie taking his place on the right. Half Time Seasiders 1 Cockfosters 2.

The second half underway and it was still proving to be a good game with no quarter given all over the pitch from both sides, Cockfosters were always a threat and there bigger players starting to impose themselves more with desperate defending from Kieran & Krystian denying them, a tweak in tactics with Matty W moving further forward, unfortunately thought it was the visiting team who struck the killer third as a neat through ball through was neatly despatched making it 1-3 and a mountain to climb for the Seasiders, again a tactical change with Drew going up front with Sony & Ben switching in the hope of a comeback, this seemed to galvanise the hosts and a dangerous cross from the right almost met by Sony and a rally of some pressure gave hope, but always vulnerable to the counter attack the & their strength saw the visitors home, an entertaining game finishing F&W 1 Cockfosters 3.

Despite the scoreline this was a hard fought game with the Seasiders giving everything and showing that they can play at this level, lessons were learned from the Witham game and despite the obvious difference in physicality each player didn’t shirk the challenge, in terms of possession the seasiders had more and showed some real quality on and off the ball, in the end the boy’s run out of steam, credit to our opponents, they were a good side and we wish them well in the Cup.

Dan Taylor

Eastern Junior Alliance

Sunday 9th October 2016

Seasiders 4 AFC Sudbury  0

After a 3 week break from EJA league football it was good to have a home fixture with Sudbury, despite a year under their belt already at this level they do have a much changed squad, another test for the Seasiders with the quick outfield, the pitch in good shape and the army of helpers making sure everything was ready for the morning KO.

Team news wise the hosts were still without Connor in defence due to an ankle problem and the long term injury to Natty.

Starting 11…Sam, Joe, Kieran, Krystian, Liam, Ben, Sony, Drew, Colby, Matty W & Curtis. A strong bench with Finn, Jude, Jamie, Cameron & Cale who would all be needed.

The visitors got the game under way and a disjointed start from both teams saw the ball up in the air too much and neither team really get in the ascendency, the midfield of Ben & Sony started to boss possession and things started to settle for the Seasiders as the movement of Matty Wright on the left started to cause problems, the opening goal started to look inevitable and it duly came after good work on the right between Colby & Drew moving the ball into Matty who was now more central and he made no mistake with the shot 1-0 and this seemed to galvanise the reds, unfortunately in the following minutes Curtis who had started brightly suffered a dead leg and despite trying to play on could take no further part and the in form Cameron came on to replace him, this didn’t deter the hosts who were on top now and goal number two came from a freekick which Colby struck with pace & good height crashed off the underside of the bar and was deemed a goal with Matty Wright following up in case.

2-0 and the reds in control of the game, the visitors tried to rally and forced a couple of corners well dealt with by Sam and the defence, still Felixstowe looked dangerous from wide areas with Drew & Matty getting in behind the Sudbury defence, the next goal came through Cameron who stole a yard on his defender with the away side claiming handball but you play to the whistle and he stroked into into the corner, 3-0 as the rain started to lash down, Sudbury again tried to get things going in the final third but some good defending from the full backs denied them any openings, goal number 4 came soon after and probably the goal of the game as Matty W jinked his way over to the byline crossed for the advancing Cameron who glanced his header into the corner of the net rewards from midweek training. Despite the scoreline the end of the half ended on a sour note with both Krystian (knee) and Sam (Thigh) picking up injuries leaving the coaching team pondering how to change things. Half Time 4-0.

With three lads injured the depth of the squad was needed, Finn took over from Sam in goal and Jude took the right full back slot with Sony dropping into defence and Cale slotting into midfield, the second half saw the hosts rally and Finn the busier of the keepers as he pushed a looping shot over the bar & a point blank save after a fine volley from the Sudbury midfielder, Jamie came on at the mid-point into the attacking midfield role and despite more possession for the visitors two good chances followed as Colby’s goal ruled out and Drew shooting wide after a great through ball by the hardworking Cale, the final phase of the game was more about the clean sheet and despite a few boys playing out of position the seasiders saw the game through, 3 points and a clean sheet. Final Score Seasiders 4 Sudbury 0.

A comfortable victory for the lads in the end, the first half during the opening period saw the ball up in the air to often but once they settled and opened the play up the opportunities followed, some really well taken goals with Cameron’s header the pick of them, we move onto the cup next weekend once again at home which will be another great test. Final word to the fantastic parents who put on great hospitality & helped set up nice and early making our jobs a lot easier, as always truly appreciated.

Dan Taylor

 

Suffolk County Cup

Great Cornard Dynamos Reds  0 Seasiders 17

Sunday 2nd October 2016

With a break from normal EJA league action we started the cup campaign for the Suffolk County Cup with many teams getting bye’s the Seasiders went into the unknown to play a Cornard Team who play in the Colchester & District Sunday league, with an afternoon kick off and a sunny breezy afternoon the visitors taking a full squad minus the injured Connor, Natty & the rested Sam.

Starting eleven Finn, Liam, Krystian, Kieran, Mark, Sony, Ben, Matty W, Colby, Drew & Curtis with a strong bench who would all get good game time, Jamie, Jude, Cameron, Joe & Cale.

The Seasiders kicked off and swarmed all over our opponents with 4 goals coming in the first 10 minutes with Curtis (2), Matty W & Sony all helping themselves to goals, the passing & movement crisp with opportunities becoming frequent, further goals from Matty Wright enjoying himself on the left, Drew, Colby & a double salvo from Curtis taking his tally to 4 in the first half, strong 1st half performance from the lads keeping the ball flowing and some well taken goals. Half Time – Cornard 0 Seasiders 9.

As planned there were a raft of changes with 5 substitutions at the start of the second half to give everyone a good run out, once again goals flowed with Jamie (2), Jude (2) Cameron (4) all on the score sheet, in fairness could have been more and credit to the Cornard keeper who made some good saves and excellent handling throughout.

Final Score Cornard 0 F&W 17

Fine Note – Quote of the weekend had to be the old chap walking his dog whilst Jamie was taking a corner saying I don’t think your coach realises that your winning”?? Plenty of encouragement as always from the sidelines.

Dan Taylor

 

Seasiders 0 Witham Town 1

Eastern Junior Alliance

Sunday 18th September

After a winning start the previous week a much sterner test followed with the visit of Witham who are made up of the successful Stanway Villa Blue team who have been the most successful team in the Colchester District League for the past few seasons unbeaten for a considerable length of time winning everything in the process, a great test for the Seasiders. Team news wise the reds were without the injured Natty & Kieran with Sony also unavailable in the midfield, the team set up with with Sam in goal, a defence of Joe, Connor, Kieran, Krystian & Liam on the right with Cale and Ben in the centre of midfield with, Colby further forward behind the front man Curtis with wingers Drew & Matty Wright providing the balance, options on the bench included Jude, Jamie, Finn, Mark & Cameron.

The hosts got proceedings under way with the pitch looking in healthy shape, the seasiders settled well in the opening minutes against a strong physical side with some neat passing down the channels with Drew closed down quickly before he could get his cross on, it wasn’t long before Witham started to gain some control on the game without too many clear openings for either team, as the half wore on it was clear the game would become a physical battle with no quarter given in the middle of the park with Ben, Cale & Colby all having a job on their hands to find space, Curtis up front was isolated with the wingers struggling to make any head way against a well organised defence, the game remained at a stalemate until the mid-way point on the half when the visitors struck a controversial opener when a cross was put in with Sam & the striker both contesting it, the keeper was their first with both hands on the ball only for a clash with the striker and the ball richoched back of the striker and into the goal, very unlucky and in some games would have been deemed a foul but some you win some you lose and on the occasion the hosts found themselves a goal behind, the game as a whole was a real battle with stop start decisions meaning there was no rhythm to the game, some excellent handling from Sam in goal from two freekicks was the only real goalmouth action & the ref blew for half time with Witham a goal to the good. Half Time F&W 0 – 1 Witham.

A discussion at half time and a chance to reiterate to the team regarding more movement off the ball and trying to use the flanks more, a decision to freshen things up with Jude out on the left and Cameron up top, a scrappy opening to the second half with both teams industrious but not too much quality on show, the visitors looked more threatening from set pieces but the defence marshalled superbly by Sam held firm, another change saw Jamie come on over on the right flank and gradually the seasiders started to build some momentum and force a couple of corners in quick succession with one going across the face of the box and the second only partially cleared rebounding to Joe who struck a sweet shot with his left foot goal bound with the defender blocking it at the last minute deflecting it just past the post, with the game starting to get stretched the Seasiders started to gain some momentum but some strong defending denied Connor from another corner after some great delivery, at the other end an acrobatical scissor kick from the Witham striker off target, unfortunately that proved to be the last kick of the game and despite an improved second half performance the visitors took the 3 points. Full Time – F&W 0-1 Witham.

Not a game for the football purists with a lot of the game stop start and scrappy at times, first half the game played into the hands of the visitors with their bigger defenders dealing with the higher ball and a few of the lads looking a little intimidated coming up against boy’s bigger than them, second half was certainly more improved with some neater passages of play better movement between the players and taking the Witham defence out of their comfort zone, the team needs to keep learning & trusting their team mates when making shorter passes and will continue to keep progressing under the guidance of the coaching team. A final word for all the helpers yesterday, everyone pulled together superbly and the morning ran as smoothly as could be, a big thank you to those involved.

Dan Taylor

Haverhill Rovers 2 Seasiders  4

Eastern Junior Alliance

Sunday 11th September

A warm & sunny morning greeted us as the Seasiders made their way to Haverhill for their opening EJA game in their debut season, with a slightly earlier KO the squad grouped together early and took in the surroundings of a recently built 3G pitch in immaculate condition. Team news wise the Seasiders had a healthy squad available with a starting eleven of Sam in goal, a defence of Liam, Connor, Kieran & Krystian on the right with Sony making his debut in the centre of midfield with Ben alongside him, Colby further forward behind the front man Curtis with the wings occupied by Matty Wright & Drew. The subs bench was equally strong with Joe, Cale, Jamie, Jude & Cameron available and would be needed in hot conditions.

After a well observed minutes silence the game kicked off with the visitors looking to get in the ascendency early on, first 10 minutes saw the hosts get the ball down and thread the quick ball through when they could whilst the Seasiders in there all blue away strip put together an excellent move with a dangerous cross right across goal with the advancing Curtis unable to make proper contact, the game continued to ebb & flow and goals seemed in the air when the hosts struck first, once again a quick ball played through the middle with Sam rushing out his goal the striker just made it in front and tucked the ball into the corner, worse for the Seasiders was a clash between Sam & Kieran which left the defender unable to continue and x-rays revealed later on a broken toe and a real shame for an outstanding defender.

A goal down and a reshuffle was needed with Joe coming in at left back, Liam switched to the right and Krystian moving into the centre. Despite the setback Felixstowe were creating chances and there quick incisive passing in midfield was excellent to watch, the equalizer wasn’t far away an intelligent ball from Ben released Matty Wright who cut the ball back to Curtis who finished smartly into the corner, 1-1 and no more than the Seasiders deserved. The remainder of the half saw a similar pattern develop and Sam quick off his line several times to repel any danger, at the other end a dipping shot from Ben well taken by the keeper, half time all square.

Start of the 2nd half saw changes for both sides with the Seasiders bringing on Cale with Ben dropping back into the defence, if the first half was end to end the second half saw the hosts get on top with Sam having to be at his commanding best whilst two long range efforts went past the post, for the Seasiders there was a need to freshen things up with Jamie, Jude & Cameron all coming on to give a fresh injection of energy, this seemed to reinvigorate the team as the pressure subsided and the visitors started to look a real threat, Cale  forced a corner from the left which was swung in by Jamie, a melee in the box with the ref pointing to the spot with a push on Jude, up stepped Colby to coolly convert the spot kick 2-1, whilst this galvanised the visitors the home side seemed desperate to make amends leaving themselves vulnerable to the counter attack and a quick 2 goal salvo saw Jamie break on the right back and finished well whilst another corner failed to be cleared and Jude nipped in to make it 4-1, Jamie almost made it five but a neat stop at point blank denying him. With more changes in the final quarter things became a little disjointed and credit to the hosts who rallied and forced Sam into a superb point blank save, they did pull a consolation back soon after when a dangerous cross wasn’t dealt with and the striker on hand to score from close range 2-4, at the other end Connor went on a surging run and was unlucky with Cameron not quite there to force home. By this time the game was won and the first game of the EJA era successfully negotiated, final score Haverhill 2 Seasiders 4

A fantastic opening victory for the lads, in an entertaining game with goals shared amongst four different goal scorers the team showed character after going goal behind and losing a key defender in the process. Tougher tests are sure to follow and the side will continue to learn and progress but already signs that the team is starting to put together an exciting brand of football.

Dan Taylor