Under 11 Red Match Reports 2016/17

Copleston - away

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Date: Saturday 1st April, 2017

Team: Charlie, Jarvis, Harvey, Ellis, Joe, Kyle, Luke, Alfie R, Anthony, Tatiana, Alfie M

Management: Anton Zefi and Isaac Chennery

So we moved on to the final game of the season against Copleston. It was April Fool’s Day and sure enough all the kids and some of the parents fell for the same old gags like “What’s that on your shirt?” followed by “Your bootlaces are undone?” All very amusing, but the best April Fool joke was when I was told said that ITFC are selling season tickets for next season at a fair price……I nearly wet myself. Looks like my prediction of 19th in the table this year could have been a tad optimistic.

The two Nicki’s were absent but their matching anoraks; or Paul and Dean as we call them, were on display. We were lucky Dean was there because he was supposed to be on holiday with the family but someone forgot to check Alfie M’s passport expiry date. I know what you’re thinking “nobody is that foolish”, but it would appear that one of them is!!!

Anton was subdued this week and the usual decibel level never looked to be in danger. I think it was because his wife has just lost her job. Poor Lucy, apparently she’s got a frozen shoulder and can no longer carry the scaffolding poles.

Felixstowe kicked off the first half and for the first five minutes it was all F&W, but they didn’t create any clear cut chances until the eighth minute when Harvey set up Alfie R who saw his shot tipped over the bar. After ten minutes the Felixstowe half of the pitch still hadn’t been used and despite having several corners, good chances were as rare as Craige getting a round in. On eleven minutes Joe set up Harvey but he shot wide and eventually the deadlock was broken when Luke put in a decent cross and Anthony back-headed it in to the net for 0-1.

Sixteen minutes in to the half and Copleston had their first attack when their striker glided past a defender and then saw his shot put wide of the post by a fingertip diving save from Charlie. From the resultant corner a home player headed well wide. On twenty minutes the visitors had another chance when a one-two between Alfie R and Harvey led to Alfie’s shot being saved. Two minutes later and the score increased when Joe skipped a tackle and let fly with a lob from fully twenty-five yards. The ball dipped, hit the bar and then bounced over the line for 0-2.

Just two minutes after the restart and Joe was in the thick of it again. This time he received the ball from Tattiana and his good run ended in him laying off the ball to Harvey who shot from eighteen yards and extended the lead to 0-3.

The final few minutes of the half saw a shot from Joe go wide and Copleston had two chances to get back in to the match. The first was from a corner but the danger was cleared by Luke’s great header and then they had a twenty yard shot that went wide. Half time and the boys were deservedly three ahead.

Copleston kicked off the second half but the first chance fell to Kyle who had his shot saved by the keeper after a scramble in the goalmouth. From that moment on the game became a more even affair with Luke and Jarvis both defending well to stop Copleston getting through on goal. Having said that, an error at the back did let in Copleston but Charlie was rapidly off his line to clear. On forty-five minutes a great move down the right ended with a superb cross along the ground, into the box where Alfie R was on hand to produce a candidate for miss of the season. It went high over the bar and he went on to the bench.

Two minutes later a shot from Anthony was blocked with the ball going out for a corner. Harvey took it and it went in off a defender at the near post and the score went to 0-4.

For some bizarre reason Ellis was now playing on the right wing and the threat of a nose bleed was at its highest when on fifty minutes he found himself in the opposition penalty area but saw his header saved. A minute later and his pass from the halfway line went to Alfie M who put in a delicious ball that went right across the six yard line with nobody able to get the final touch. Another chance for F&W came when Harvey took a free-kick from eighteen yards out, it took a deflection and shaved the bar as it went over.

Copleston were still putting in the effort and Charlie made two fine saves from their striker. In the fifty-sixth minute they broke at pace after great hassling of our defence and they produced a neat finish to make it 1-4.

The gap between the two sides went back to what it was just two minutes later. A mazy run ending in a neat finish past the diving keeper and it was 1-5.

The final couple of minutes saw Copleston have two half-chances that were both easily saved by Charlie boy. At the other end, Anthony had a shot go wide and so did Kyle, however the score never changed and F&W ended worthy winners.

That’s it, the end of the regular season and I have to say that Jimmy, Roger and I have all been impressed by the way that the boys have made the step up to 9-a-side football. They’ve played with great team spirit and there have been some notable performances from individuals. I believe they’ve done the club proud and let’s hope that with one or two new signings we can be challenging for top spot in the league next season and be well prepared for the following year when we go to 11-a-side. Now we move on the ESF tournament at Skegness in April and then I’m sure we’ll have several tournaments to look forward to in the coming months.

Away from football Anton’s been getting ready for the holiday season and went to the beauty salon for his annual hair removal treatment. Unfortunately he’s now so hairy that they have to provide him with quote prior to carrying out the task so he doesn’t faint when he gets to the till.

Finally, I’d just like to say thanks to all of you who regularly watch the games, read the match reports and contribute to the boys’ football club. Without you there would be no fun, no enjoyment and probably no team. Credit also goes to the coaches of our opponents this season, thanks for the competition. Give yourselves a pat on the back and hopefully we’ll see you all next season.

The future’s bright, it’s Red and White.

 

Framlingham - away

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Date: Saturday 25th March, 2017

Team: Charlie, Jarvis, Harvey, Ellis, Alfie M, Joe, Kyle, Luke, Alfie R, Mustapha, Anthony, Tatiana

Management: Anton Zefi and Isaac Chennery

The previous fixture this season ended in a 5-1 win to Felixstowe back in November. Read on to find out if the boys (and girl) improved upon that score in the away fixture.

When we arrived at Badingham Road the sun was shining and there was stiff breeze. The pitch looked in great condition and a crowd of 25 included a good home contingent and some of the usual suspects from the visitors. Among them were Maaartin who was rearranging the change in his pocket in to size order as usual (that’s what he told me) and Darrel had recently had his restraining order lifted and so was also in attendance. The Assistant Coach had arrived in good time, but the Manager was late and as I looked at Anton I thought “That’s what I might look like in ten years’ time.” I don’t mind admitting that it actually startled me.

Felixstowe kicked off the first half playing against the wind and within ten seconds Joe had the first shot which was saved by the goalkeeper. Framlingham’s first chance came in the fourth minute when a goal kick was mis-controlled in midfield and the Framlingham striker stole the ball and saw his shot go wide; a very good opportunity to open the scoring had gone begging. However, a minute later and the score line did change when the ball was played to Anthony who ran at the defence, took a shot that hit crossbar and the rebound was headed in by Joe for 0-1.

In the tenth minute the gap between the two sides increased when Harvey’s through ball was fumbled by the keeper and Anthony was on hand to pass it in to an empty net for 0-2.

A minute later and Harvey saw his effort go high and wide. Then played moved to the other end of the pitch where Framlingham had earned themselves a free kick just inside their own half. The ball was swung in and went over the players in the box and fell to an unmarked player whose shot was drilled in to the bottom corner. Soft goal to concede and the score was now 1-2.

The next ten minutes saw both sides create chances. Tatiana sent a great low ball along the six yard line but nobody converted the chance, Fram had two shots well saved by Charlie, Harvey shot wide and so did Tapioca after a great run and cross from Alfie R (After this we sent out a search party as he went missing for the rest of the game!!) In the twenty-first the scores were levelled when a Framlingham corner was hit deep and prodded home for 2-2. No more than they deserved.

Felixstowe had been in a position of dominance at two up, despite not playing their usual style of flamboyant football. However, the home side had stuck to their task and got their reward. The final few minutes of the half saw Anthony set up Harvey who watched as his mis-kick trickled wide, Tatiana set up Joe who shot over the bar and a shot from Muzzy was saved. Fralingham had the best chance though when a long punt from defence bounced over Charlie’s head and thankfully went wide.

Framlingham kicked off the second half but it was Felixstowe who started the better. A couple of corners; one headed wide by Alfie Mundy and the second started a game of pinball in the box which ended with Harvey’s shot going wide. After thirty-five minutes a mis-kick in the centre of the visitor’s defence let in the home forward and Charlie pulled off a good save.

Felixstowe were not playing well, lots of passes were being over-hit and when chances came their way they were hit high or wide. In the fiftieth minute Tatiana passed to Kyle, he passed to Alfie M who found Harvey but he shot wide, a nice move for once. A minute later and an opportunity fell to Fram when Jarvis hand-balled. (After the match I asked him how he felt after the incident and he said that handling the ball was like Morris Dancing or kissing your Nan with the moustache; once you’ve done it you don’t want to do it again!!).

After fifty-one minutes Harvey had a shot deflected from a corner and then Felixstowe had a further two shots blocked. At the other end another good effort was saved by Charlie. One minute later and a Jarvis free-kick bounced on the home side’s six yard line but again there was nobody to take advantage. For the next few minutes there were half-chances at both ends but the score remained in deadlock. Then on fifty seven minutes Tatiana’s pass found Alfie M whose cross into the box was despatched by Muzzy for 2-3.

The final few minutes saw Framlingham have a couple of long range efforts go wide and one which was superbly headed away by Luke. The final whistle eventually sounded and Felixstowe had secured the win despite putting in a significantly under par performance.

 

After the match I spoke to one of the home supporters who came up with what could possibly be a contender for quote of the season. “Your manager’s a bit vocal isn’t he.” ... Really!!!!!

The win against Framlingham was just the start of a great weekend. A curry on Saturday night; I had Taka Masala, it’s like Tikka Masala only otter. Then on to Wembley for the England v Lithuania match on Sunday. 

The Future Is Bright, It's Red And White

 

Claydon  - home

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Date: Saturday 18th March, 2017

Team: Charlie, Harvey, Ellis, Alfie M, Joe, Tatiana, Luke, Alfie R, Mustapha, Anthony, Kyle, Jarvis

Management: Anton Zefi and Isaac Chennery

On a rather windy Saturday morning the visitors were Claydon who we hadn’t played for a while. They did have the same ‘keeper as when the teams met last time and everyone was murmuring about how good he is and whether we’d be able to find the back of the net.

On the walk across to the pitch I spoke to Mark Gray, under 8’s coach and someone who proves that no matter what creams and lotions you use, you can’t slow down the aging process. Gemma the Bag Lady was on parade this week, looking like she’d be better off curled up in a shop doorway after a heavy night and looking like…….. well you know.!!!! Debbie was also in attendance, spilling tea all down herself and wearing clothes which I’m sure one day will be back in fashion.

Claydon kicked off the first half, but it was Felixstowe who had the advantage of the wind and in the first minute Harvey slid the ball through to Alfie R who saw his shot go over the bar. A minute later and a throw-in was flicked on by Anthony and Luke headed over. A further two minutes on the clock and Alfie R set up a Muzzy shot which was tipped round the post for a corner. It was all Felixstowe and two minutes later Anthony played the ball forward, the keeper couldn’t hold on to it and Alfie R nipped in to steal the ball and make it 1-0.

Soon after the restart a long clearance from Tatiana found Anthony, but his effort was saved. The same happened to Harvey’s chance when set up by Alfie R who himself had an attempt saved. The score line moved on after eleven minutes. A long ball from Alfie R to Anthony, his cross was charged down but Luke was on hand to stroke the ball in the net for 2-0.

Felixstowe were well in control of the match and had restricted the visitors to feeding off scraps. However, they created a decent chance mid-way through the half when the ball was crossed in from the left wing, but there was no Claydon player in the box to capitalise on it. Felixstowe continued to create chances. Alfie R setting up Anthony who saw his shot saved, Harvey had a shot wide and a nice run from Alfie R ended with his shot being saved. In the nineteenth minute a shot from Harvey hit the post, Alfie R squared the rebound to Anthony who found the net but was offside. With twenty-five minutes on the dial the ball was in Luke’s control. He flew down the left wing and put in a sumptuous cross which Alfie M got on the end of to volley home and increase the margin to 3-0. Nice finish lad.

After the restart Felixstowe had two further chances to expand their lead, but shots from Alfie R and Anthony were well saved. Then, in the twenty-ninth minute a Claydon player won a good tackle, he looked up, put in a great cross to an unmarked player who said “thanks very much” and duly passed it in to the net for 3-1.

Felixstowe had been in total control of the half. The defence of Ellis and Jarvis was solid and they had created numerous chances, but to let a goal in so late in the half had now given the visitors hope and who knew how the second half would go? Especially with F&W playing against the wind.

Felixstowe kicked off the second half and for the first few minutes the game was even. Tatiana had an effort smothered by the keeper, Claydon forced a couple of corners and a great move involving Tatiana, Kyle and Anthony ended in a corner which the goalie punched away superbly. From minute thirty-five F&W were once again in the ascendency. Ellis hit the angle of post and bar with a speculative shot, Kyle set up Luke who saw his shot saved and Tatiana shot wide.

The home side continued to dominate. Further chances fell to Alfie R, Anthony, Tatiana and Harvey, but all went wide of the mark or were saved by the Claydon keeper. Then a neat one-two between Kyle and Anthony extended the lead to 4-1.

Two minutes later and Kyle was involved again when he was set up by Harvey but saw his shot saved. With ten minutes to go, the home side increased their lead again. This time Tatiana skipped round two tackles and passed the ball in to the net for 5-1.

Claydon weren’t giving up and continued to try and break down the Felixstowe defensive unit, but every time they tried they were repelled by great tackling, especially from Joe. In minute fifty-two Muzzy chested the ball down in the middle of the park and passed to Anthony. His cross was met by Harvey and the score moved on to 6-1.

As the game moved toward the final minutes, Kyle set up Anthony who shot wide and then the lead was extended by a great move involving four of the team that culminated in a tap in for Kyle and the score was 7-1.

The final score didn’t flatter Felixstowe and Walton; it flattered the visitors. Only the heroic and constant saves from their goalkeeper keeping the score line below double figures. However, credit to the Claydon team, who never gave up and played right the way through to the final whistle.

Last week’s winner of “The Best Headline Ever Seen” competition was Paddy, who spotted in the Irish Daily Mirror the following; “Cork man drowns.”         Brilliant. Two ITFC tickets for any match in next seasons League 1 campaign are yours.

The future’s bright, it’s Red and White.

 

Ipswich Exiles  - Home

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Saturday 4th March, 2017

 

Team: Charlie, Harvey, Ellis, Alfie M, Joe, Tatiana, Luke, Alfie R, Mustapha, Anthony, Kyle, Jarvis

Management: Anton Zefi and Isaac Chennery

Last time we played Exiles we got well and truly trounced by a very well drilled outfit. In addition, they had a linesman who for some reason ran the line from behind the respect rope before realising he should be at the touchline; absolutely brilliant. What happened during this encounter? Read on.

A couple of months ago we had “The Big Frost Debate” which didn’t involve Sir David Frost the renowned journalist and TV presenter (who incidentally went to school with my mother), it involved conflicting opinions as to whether the match should go ahead due to ground conditions. This week I thought we might have been affected by “Watergate” due the amount of rainfall over the preceding 24 hours, but thankfully the game went ahead as scheduled even though in places it seemed wetter than an otter’s pocket.

After the Silent Weekend from seven days earlier and the team’s great performance, it was quite obvious that the manager should let the ball do the work and not his mouth. Unfortunately he was not of the same opinion and normal service was resumed during the warm-up and continued throughout the match……………. and long in to evening!!!

Reasonable crowd for this match. Plenty of away supporters, although they all seemed to turn shy when the referee enquired who was going to run the line!! A big problem at most clubs; please remember, without a lino there’s no game. The Felixstowe contingent consisted of the usual suspects with the addition of Lukman’s mafia friends as well as Nicki S sporting a very loud anorak recently purchased from Poundland.

Ipswich Exiles kicked off the first half and they also won the first corner which resulted in a shot going high over the bar. In the third minute the home side created a good chance when Muzzy passed to Alfie R, he ran towards goal and a rifled a shot from just inside the box that was excellently kept out by the away keeper. Jo and Luke were finding space on the left and in the fifth minute Luke’s decent cross created an opportunity for Tatiana and when Lady Opportunity comes knocking, you don’t leave her on the doorstep getting wet. No, you welcome her with open arms and this is exactly what she did and the score-line moved to 1-0 after the ball was tapped in to the net.

A minute after the restart and Anthony had a chance to increase the lead after Joe found Tatiana.  Her run and cross found Ant but his effort was saved. A minute after this and Exiles gave the home team a scare when they hit the post after a melee in the box at a corner. Then it was straight back to the other end of the pitch where a mazy run from Anthony ended in a powerful shot which was again saved well by the Exiles keeper. Felixstowe were now in the ascendency and having the majority of the play, but Charlie still had to be aware and was quickly off his line when necessary.

In the sixteenth minute a lapse in the Exiles defence allowed Alfie R to nick the ball and cross it in the six yard box where Anthony was on hand for an easy finish and it was 2-0.

Going two goals behind seemed to set alarm bells ringing and Exiles then upped their game. They quickly created a chance and a shot from distance was well saved by Charlie’s face!!! A minute later and a shove in the back by a F&W defender gave the referee no choice but to award a penalty which was well finished and the score moved on to 2-1.

In the twenty-first minute Anthony sent in a nice cross for Alfie R to chase. Unfortunately the keeper got there quicker and took the ball first and him afterwards. After looking for sympathy for twenty seconds and then realising he wasn’t going to get any he then got up and continued to feign injury by limping slightly. Man up lad.

With two minutes to go in the half the scores were levelled. Exiles good work earned them a corner and the ball was floated in the area. After a few missed attempts to clear it was eventually bundled in the net and the scores were even at 2-2. Although against the run of play, they had kept plugging away, got their reward and put the smile back on Leon the manager’s face.

The second half belonged to Felixstowe for the first five minutes, with efforts from Harvey and Kyle going wide and being saved respectively. Exiles then created a chance but it didn’t trouble Charlie as it went skywards. The home side continued with the pressure with a great one-two between Luke and Alfie R earning a corner which came to nothing. In the fortieth minute Alfie R passed to Harvey, received it back and then put in a nice cross for Kyle to tap in for 3-2.

Exiles had chances to draw level soon after the restart. A long range effort was saved and then the ball went across the goal line but there was nobody there to convert it. Then in the forty-fourth minute F&W extended their lead. Harvey battled for the ball, won and sent it over the top for Kyle to chase. He duly chased it, won it and converted it for 4-2.

In the fiftieth minute a superb run down the right wing from Alfie M set up Harvey who fired wide. A minute later and Harvey had another effort off target when set up nicely by Anthony. At the other end the home defence were now starting to get busy and danger was regularly avoided by hard but fair tackling from both Jarvis and Ellis. In the fifty-fifth a great tackle from Tatiana prevented an attempt on goal, but a minute later the continued pressure achieved success. A cross from the left-hand side floated over a mass of players and then fell to an unmarked Exiles player who fired it in to the net. Nice finish and 4-3.

So into the last few minutes they went. Felixstowe created one more chance, but the shot from Kyle was once again saved by the Exiles keeper who had had an excellent match. With two minutes to go Exiles broke and found themselves five on two. They worked an opening well but couldn’t find the finish and the shot hit the post. A big let off for Felixstowe. Exiles had one further chance to draw level when a shot from distance was saved wonderfully by Charlie.

Another great performance from the boys and Ipswich Exiles should be proud of their display as well.

NB Recent signing Tatiana will not be able win the Man of the Match award due to her being female. Alfie R will not be able to win the award due him being a big girl.!!!!

The future’s bright, it’s Red and White.

 

Woodbridge  - home

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Date: Saturday 25th February, 2017

 

Team: Charlie, Harvey, Ellis, Alfie M, Joe, Luke, Alfie R, Mustapha, Anthony, Kyle, Tatiana

Management: Anton Zefi and Isaac Chennery

 

Two months ago we turned up at Woodbridge and got beaten 4-1. A good game in which the boys were outplayed by a better team. Would it be the same again? Read on.

After last weeks’ incident packed match against Hadleigh, everyone was hoping for more of the same, but with a home team victory. After a wonderful blow from Doris during the week I was expecting things to calm down.!!! However, the conditions were cold with a stiff breeze and the pitch was in prime condition.

Woodbridge brought along a sizeable band of supporters, who as usual were impeccably behaved. From the home contingent there was Neil, a founder member of the low IQ club, DENSA and Debbie who’d brought along some cakes which thankfully she had purchased and not baked herself. The Bag Lady was late on parade and it was nice to see Mrs Baker as for the past few weeks she just “couldn’t be bothered to turn up.” Her words, not mine.

After a few strategic moves to the club house for coffee and a walkabout to kill time, it was Lukman who hadn’t realised the referee was on his way to ask for a linesman. Schoolboy error and he duly took the flag.

Felixstowe kicked off the first half but it was Woodbridge who had the first chance when their player was one on one with the keeper, but he pushed the ball too wide and the chance was gone. The first chance for the home team fell to Anthony who couldn’t get enough power in to his shot and the ball was easily gathered by the Woodbridge goalie. With six minutes on the clock the deadlock was broken. Muzzy flew down the right wing (honest) and sent a cross into the penalty area that was caught by a passing thermal and directed into the top left-hand corner of the goal. 1-0

Only a minute had passed before the visitors drew level. From a corner, one of the away side received the ball in the area, looked up and couldn’t believe that he wasn’t tackled and caressed the ball into an empty net for 1-1.

The next five or six minutes saw Alfie R have a shot deflected for a corner, a shot from Muzzy shave the post and a headed effort from Woodbridge go wide. After these chances one was eventually converted when Alfie R got the ball ran towards and then rounded the keeper and finished with his left foot. 2-1

After the restart Alfie M had a good effort saved and Ellis did some great defensive work to thwart the opposition. Then the Seasiders increased their lead when a through ball from Alfie R was latched on to by Tatiana to make it 3-1.

Two minutes later and it was Muzzy again. This time Alfie R put the ball in to his path and he stroked in to the net for 4-1.

The team were now rampant and all thoughts of the previous defeat were long gone. In the twenty-third minute Alfie R headed the ball on to Harvey from a throw-in and his shot flew in the net to make it 5-1.

Felixstowe were now in complete control and Luke had an effort go just wide when he found himself unmarked at the far post. From the resultant goal kick the ball was intercepted by Harvey who’s first time shot made it 6-1.

With two minutes until half-time Felixstowe were in seventh heaven when a nice ball from Luke found Tatiana and her smart turn and shot made it 7-1.

Woodbridge had a chance to reduce the deficit just before half-time. The ball found its way on to the wing and the player jinked inside his marker and let fly from twenty-five yards. A great effort that produced a great save from Charlie.

Half-time saw Anton give the boys the easiest team-talk ever and within 18 seconds they were back on the pitch. The second half started with more action; Luke set Kyle up for a shot that hit the side netting and Woodbridge had a free-kick that went wide. Further efforts for Woodbridge ensued, but none of them changed the score line. In the thirty-ninth minute a move from the training ground saw the ball moved from Muzzy to Luke to Tatiana and back to Luke who made it 8-1.

After the restart Woodbridge started to see more of the ball and had several attempts saved. They reduced their deficit in the forty-second minute when a free-kick on the half-way line was directed at goal, bounced and the Felixstowe keeper mis-judged it and the score was 8-2.

For the next ten minutes or so it was end to end football. Woodbridge denied by good defending from Joe and Tatiana and at the other end Kyle and Anthony had efforts go wide. Then in the forty-ninth the gap was reduced further when two missed tackles presented an opportunity to Woodbridge and it was 8-3.

With five minutes to go Muzzy let fly with a good effort and this was quickly followed by another from Tatiana. However, the next goal went once to Woodbridge. This time it came on the break and after four slick passes the ball was in the net and it was 8-4.

The last goal of the match went to the home side in the fifty-ninth. Anthony received the ball from Luke and he put in a peach of a cross for Alfie R to neatly tuck away for a final result of 9-4.

A sterling performance from the boys, especially after last weeks’ disappointment. Woodbridge did not play like we know they can, but a big round of applause was earned for their never-say-die attitude.

Finally, last weeks’ “Name the Footballer” competition in which entrants had to guess the name of the footballer in the photograph was won by Mr R Finch of Cockermouth  It was one of the easiest competitions we’ve ever run, with the correct answer being Wayne Rooney. However, I don’t think much of Anton’s football knowledge, as he thought it was Romelu Lukaku.

 

The future’s bright, it’s Red and White.

 

 

Hadleigh (home)

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Date:  Saturday 18th February, 2017

Team:  Charlie, Jarvis, Harvey, Ellis, Alfie M, Joe, Luke, Alfie R, Mustapha, Anthony, Kyle

Management:   Anton Zefi and Isaac Chennery

With no scheduled league action over the half-term we were able to catch up on a previously postponed fixture against Hadleigh. During the last two weeks the exterior of the new clubhouse has virtually been completed, Paul Smith the “vegetable botherer” has suffered heartbreak due to the ever-increasing price of broccoli and lettuces (try meat; very tasty) and Anton’s missus has revealed that she uses special cream to prevent shaving rash. However, the worst news to come the team’s way is that Thomas Burrows will be leaving the club due to receiving an all-round scholarship at a local educational establishment. We wish him all the best and hope that his achievements far exceed those of his father; Tim, who in the words of his parents “always set himself low targets and continually failed to achieve them”. Something that continues to this day.

The pitch was in good condition and the weather was mild, if a bit chilly. No refereeing for Baz as we had an appointed official and Neil agreed to run the line again. Just as well as he was dying to go the loo and running around gave him the chance to take his mind off it. 

The visitors kicked off the first half and had a chance in the first minute when the ball fell to one of their players unmarked in the box, but his shot went wide. Two minutes later and they created another chance. This time it was a long punt by their keeper which bounced just over the half-way line and then it was a sprint contest between their striker and our defender. The striker easily won the won the race, controlled ball and passed it in the net. 0-1

Felixstowe equalised in the sixth minute when the ball was passed to Alfie R in the centre circle. He controlled it, spun 180 degrees and sent it along the ground towards goal for Harvey to chase. He caught up with it at the 18 yard line, let fly with his left and gave the goalie no chance. 1-1

The next few minutes saw the home side earn several corners through good work by the two Alfies and these were quickly followed by a dog fight on the side line. (Keep ‘em under control Nicki or I’ll call the dog warden.) On twelve minutes the ball was once again sent long for their striker to chase. Unfortunately for us it ended with the same player winning the sprint and once again converting well. 1-2

In the fifteenth minute yet another long ball was chased by the Hadleigh striker. This time, although he got to it, he put it wide of the beans. They got their first corners shortly after this miss, but didn’t cause the boys any problems. On seventeen minutes Muzzy passed to Harvey, he played in Luke whose cross was parried by the goalkeeper. Alfie R was on the spot to follow up but the keeper did well to smother his effort and the score remained the same. Further good football was played by the home side and Harvey had an effort hit the side netting from a well-worked corner and Alfie M set up Alfie R for a shot that went straight down the keeper’s throat.

Twenty-two minutes in and Luke’s great run led to Harvey putting a great cross into the penalty area, but Alfie R couldn’t get their quick enough to get a toe on it. He had another chance a few seconds later when he stole the ball from a back-pass, but the custodian redeemed the situation with a fine save. Felixstowe were enjoying a lot of possession and from another corner Muzzy headed wide. Then Anthony found Harvey and he headed wide and Harvey found Anthony and he headed wide. Not great chances, but chances none the less.

With three minutes of the half remaining Hadleigh extended their lead. The ball came down the right-hand side and was then played in-field where after two further touches by Hadleigh players it was fired in to the net. The goal was given but the linesman had his flag raised. After due consultation the referee still gave the goal and it was 1-3.

A minute later and the score line deteriorated further. Yet another long ball for the Hadleigh striker to chase but this time he was shepherded away from goal by a defender. Unfortunately he was deemed to have been shepherded unfairly when he went down and the referee awarded a penalty. This was duly despatched giving the keeper no chance and it was 1-4.

Felixstowe went in to their half-time team talk looking deflated and having no oranges thanks to Thomas’s departure!! Debbie said she was going to bring some, but thankfully she didn’t as she could even ruin oranges.!!!

Felixstowe kicked off the second half and a great run from Luke won an instant corner. This was quickly followed by a free kick from Harvey and a pathetic shot from Muzzy that only just reached the keeper. The boys kept the pressure on and in the thirty-sixth minute a cross from Muzzy found Luke, he quickly moved the ball to Harvey and his shot made it 2-4.

Two minutes later and a long range effort from Muzzy went over the bar. Then a superb cross from Kyle went through the penalty area just asking to be despatched but Anthony missed by millimetres. Then Harvey had an effort from twenty yards that shaved the post. It was all action from F&W and any danger from Hadleigh was quickly snuffed out by Joe and Ellis at the back who were defending well with Kyle providing cover as required.

Hadleigh had their first decent attack of the second half on forty-four minutes. They were four-on-two, but Charlie and the defenders came out on top to keep the score the same. Two minutes late and the score changed in favour of the home side. The ball fell to Anthony, his shot came off the keeper and Harvey tucked away the rebound for 3-4.

Immediately from the restart Hadleigh earned themselves a corner and went close when the ball was headed wide. At the other end, only great defending stopped another goal when Alfie R flicked the ball to Harvey who turned and shot but it was superbly blocked. With fifty-two minutes on the clock the ball came out from Hadleigh’s penalty area straight into the path of Ellis. From twenty yards he superbly lobbed the keeper to make it 4-4.

Hadleigh weren’t giving up and a minute later Charlie made a great save from a corner. The ball then went straight to the other end where Anthony played a one-two with Harvey and the net bulged. 5-4

With only four minutes left it was looking like a home victory, but Hadleigh had other ideas. Especially when the referee gave a penalty for what seemed an innocuous handball by a Felixstowe defender. An extremely harsh decision and this was echoed by some visiting fans as well. Charlie got a hand to the penalty, but couldn’t stop it rolling over the line for 5-5.

A minute later and there was another incident in the Felixstowe penalty area. This time a defender was deemed to have fouled an opponent in the box and another penalty was awarded. This too seemed harsh, but was duly despatched and the game ended 5-6.

What a match. Felixstowe can feel proud of their performance, especially in the second half, with the score line not really reflecting their efforts. On another day, with another referee, there may have only been one penalty given and the decision of the linesman upheld, thereby giving them victory. However, this was not the case and the penalties and breakaway goals cost them dearly. But take nothing away from Hadleigh, they battled hard and even having conceded four goals in the second half, still fought on.

Following last year’s footballing successes, Anton truly believes that he will soon be asked to take part in the “Profiling of a Modern Manager” series for FourFourTwo magazine. In readiness for this I’ve been discretely quizzing him on a variety of topics and making notes.  Here’s the story so far.

Name:                         Anton Zefi

Age:                            46

Sex:                            Twice a week including once with the wife

Children:                    Three; one of each

Job:                            Viewfinder at Ipswich Docks

Favourite food:          Anything free that can be photographed and put on Facebook

Favourite sayings      Win the ball, don’t panic, do it for yourself and “you were right Steve”

Ambition No1:           To be last in the telephone directory

Ambition No2:           To publish a book entitled “The Anton to Zefi of Football”

Pet hate:                    Dogs (I think he misunderstood the question)

Ideal dinner guest:    Jose Mourinho because he thinks he could teach him a thing or two

Favourite record:       YMCA by Village People (he loves the construction worker’s helmet)

Favourite film:            Brokeback Mountain

Hobby:                       Riding goats (I think he meant “ riding on boats” but then again……..)

 

The future’s bright, it’s Red and White.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Whitton (away)

 

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Saturday 4th February, 2017

Team: Charlie, Jarvis, Harvey, Ellis, Alfie M, Joe, Luke, Alfie R, Mustapha, Anthony, Thomas

Management: Anton Zefi

After a few disappointing results in previous weeks, everyone was hoping for a good win so that the boys could regain their confidence and get back that winning mentality. This weeks’ opponents were Whitton United, an old adversary with whom we have had numerous great matches.

The sky was cloudy with rain a frequent visitor, the temperature seemed to be below freezing point but was actually a tropical 5 degrees. The pitch was in excellent condition and the visiting crowd were expecting a decent encounter. Unfortunately people’s expectations often prove to be over-optimistic and this was exactly what happened when Lukman-innit decided that he should run the line. We knew it would be interesting when he enquired of the crowd “which way do I flag for a throw-in?” Anyway, one volunteer is worth ten pressed men, so take note.

Felixstowe kicked off the first half and the first few minutes were even with neither side having a chance. In the fourth minute Whitton forced a corner and the ball was delivered well in to the penalty box where it was headed over by the home side. The next four or five minutes produced nothing of note, then Whitton gained another corner which came to nothing and at the other end great interplay between the duo of Alfies down the right-hand side ended in an attempt going wide.

In the twelfth minute Felixstowe took the lead with a nice piece of football. The ball found its way to Harvey who passed to Anthony. He quickly passed the ball square in to the six yard box where Alfie R was on hand to side foot it home for 0-1.

After fifteen minutes the visitors created another chance when Alfie M laid the ball back to Ellis who shot over the bar from eighteen yards. (A true defender’s effort.) In the seventeenth minute Harvey had a good effort saved and the rebound fell to Alfie R but the keeper was out quickly to block the ball for a corner. Felixstowe were now in the ascendency and looking good value for their lead. In the twentieth minute Alfie R received the ball from Thomas and saw his shot go for a throw-in. A totally useless effort that he should be ashamed of.

Twenty-three minutes on the clock and Whitton had their best chance so far. A good move down the right and a cross that found their striker. He was one-on-one with keeper but Charlie produced a class piece of goalkeeping to deny him. The ball then went straight down the other end and after Anthony battled well to win the ball it fell to Alfie M who made it 0-2.

A minute after the restart and Felixstowe extended their lead further. Ellis made a great interception, passed the ball to Muzzy who immediately chested it down and played it to Luke. (That’s the best chest control I’ve seen since Charlie Dimmock was on my allotment helping me cultivate my plums back in 1997) He then crossed the ball low into the penalty area where Alfie R was on hand to sweep it in to the net with his left foot and a score 0-3.

The final few minutes of the half saw Alfie M shoot wide and Alfie R have a great solo effort end up going wide also. Harvey also had a chance after a great cross from Jarvis, but the keeper made a good save at his feet.

The second half commenced with a cross from Luke falling to Joe who saw his shot from twelve yards fly over the bar. Two minutes later and Muzzy had a chance from a corner but headed wide and immediately afterwards Alfie M set up Harvey, but his attempt also went wide. It was all Felixstowe pressure and they extended their lead when a shot from Joe was parried wide by the keeper, Alfie M then sent the ball in to the box where Harvey converted to make it 0-4.

After forty-three minutes Jarvis; who had been solid at the back , had a long range effort go just wide of the post. From the resulting goal kick the ball eventually ended up finding its way through to Charlie whose clearance hit the on-rushing Whitton striker and fortunately went out of play and not into the back of the net.

Forty-six minutes in and controversy strikes. Charlie picks up the ball from a back pass and quite rightly the referee awards a free-kick. But where should the ball be placed, where should the wall be….? Anyway, to cut a long story short the ball never found its way in to the net. However, it did find its way to the other end of the pitch where Felixstowe won a corner. The ball eventually came to Joe who crossed to Muzzy who converted the chance for 0-5.

Three minutes later and the lead was extended further. A short corner to Thomas who produced a dream of a cross that Anthony duly slots home for 0-6.

After fifty-two minutes the moment of the match. A ball from Whitton down the line just goes out of play and the linesman gives the throw to them. Shocking call!!! Even a blind man could have seen it was a F&W ball. Lukman, you need to concentrate on the game and stop talking. Better luck next week as you’re running the line again and will be until you do it properly.

In the fifty-fourth minute Whitton got a goal in one of their rare attacks on the Felixstowe goal. Their number 9 broke through the defence with the ball, saw his shot saved, but the rebound was put away by the number 7 to make it 1-6.

The final few minutes and Alfie R set up Thomas who saw his effort finger-tipped round the post and Anthony shot wide. The home side also had a couple of attempts, but nothing that was to trouble the keeper and the game ended as a comfortable victory for Felixstowe.

Back to winning ways at last. It’s been a tough few weeks, but some more performances like this and the confidence of old will be back in full flow. Just like Nicki’s Prosecco.

The future’s bright, it’s Red and White.

 

AFC Kesgrave - Away

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Saturday 28th January 2017

Squad: Charlie, Harvey, Ellis, Alfie M, Kyle, Luke, Alfie R, Mustapha, Anthony, Thomas

Management: Isaac Chennery

The “romance of the cup” was once again the buzzword around town this week as the South Suffolk Youth League under 10 winners from last season (that’s us), took on AFC Kesgrave in the quarter final of the SSYL under 11 cup. Did we win? Peruse the words below to find out.

Felixstowe arrived at the ground without two players who were injured which meant that they had just one substitute available. The weather was fresh with a moderate breeze, but at least it wasn’t raining which suited the spectators. So who was in attendance? Well, the Smith clan certainly weren’t. Apparently the whole family has been suffering from some sort of gastro-intestinal apocalyptic nightmare and have been struggling to stop themselves pebble-dashing the toilet bowl. I’m told that Nicki went once and afterwards it looked like someone had put two pound of black pudding in the bowl, stuck a lit firework in it and closed the lid.!!! That’s how bad they’ve had it. Debbie, so posh that even her slippers are diamante encrusted and have high-heels and Neil had made the short trip from over the road, but vaShazzle and Baz were absent as they were enjoying the bright lights of the big city. Also vacant was the manager’s position as he’d decided to chase the dollar at the little port thingy up the road. Kerching indeed.

The home side kicked off the first half with the wind in their favour and for the first couple of minutes honours were even. After this initial period Kesgrave gradually took control and had a long range effort go wide. They continued to have the majority of the ball and only good defending from Ellis and Luke prevented further attempts on goal. However, the deadlock was broken in the tenth minute when a neat Kesgrave move on the left set up a player for a shot. His effort was powerful but superbly saved by Charlie; unluckily the rebound fell to one their players who stroked it in to the net for a 1-0 lead.

Four minutes later and the Kesgrave players and staff went mental with jubilation when they went two goals ahead. The ball was like a hot potato for half a minute and then it sprang out of a melee of players towards the visitors’ goal. The chase was on; would the Kesgrave striker or Charlie in the F&W goal reach it first? Although second favourite, the Kesgrave striker reacted a lot quicker and fired the ball in to the far corner. 2-0

After the restart Felixstowe; who had been outplayed up until now, woke up and started to participate properly. In the twentieth minute Alfie R rifled a shot just over the bar and over the next few minutes further attempts followed from Harvey and Muzzy, but all were easily saved. Felixstowe’s best chance came shortly before half-time when a peach of a cross from Alfie R found Anthony alone in the six yard box, but he didn’t get the timing right and his header went over the bar when he looked certain to score with the open goal at his mercy.

The second half started and Felixstowe were quickly in the ascendency. Kyle, Alfie M and Anthony were working hard and earned an early corner. Harvey took it, swung the ball in with his left foot and saw it sail in to the top corner. Only a few minutes gone in the half and it was 2-1.

After the restart F&W continued to dominate, with Kesgrave rarely getting the ball over the half-way line. In the fortieth minute Harvey had a good effort saved and this was quickly followed by chances from Kyle and Anthony, but both shots lacked the power to trouble the opposition keeper. Harvey had another effort from a corner that hit the bar, but the Kesgrave goal was leading a charmed life.

After twenty minutes of the second half Kesgrave were still camped in their own half just soaking up wave after wave of pressure. Thomas was now up front and almost scored when set up by Alfie M. The ball was being put in to the penalty box regularly by Alfie R, but nobody from F&W was able to get the ball over the line. Then, with time just about up, Kesgrave broke for only the second time in the half and they managed to beat a lone defender and slot the ball home for a lead of 3-1.

This was how it finished. A game of two halves one could say. The first deservedly went to the home side, but the visitors who totally dominated the second half walked away absolutely devastated that they hadn’t managed to put the ball in to the net more than just the once. Such supremacy should have resulted in at least a draw, but the score line only changes with goals and our strikers need to be more clinical and get some power in to the ball.

Congratulations to Kesgrave and good luck in the semi-final.

Footnote: Both Darrel and I know that no further cup shocks happened at the weekend!!!!!

The future’s bright - It’s Red and White.

 

Ipswich Valley Rangers - Away

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Saturday 7th January, 2017

 

Team: Charlie, Jarvis, Harvey, Ellis, Alfie M, Kyle, Luke, Alfie R, Mustapha, Anthony, Thomas, Joe

Management: Anton Zefi and Isaac Chennery

The last time these two teams met they treated the crowd to an outstanding game of football, with Felixstowe and Walton running out 3-2 winners after being 2-0 up at the half-way point. What would happen this time and would they try and play the “champagne football” that has become associated with Leeds United over the past few weeks? (The words of Sky Sports my friends, not me.!!!) Read on.

Not a bad turnout for the first game of the new year with a crowd nearing 40. The pitch was looking extremely heavy and so was Anton. I’m not saying the manager has put on a bit of weight over Christmas, but I noticed that his car has stretch marks. However, the boys looked fit and that’s what matters.

IVR kicked off the first half and for the initial minutes both sides were evenly matched with no chances being created. Then in the eighth minute the game livened up when the home side earned themselves a corner. The kick was beautifully delivered into the penalty area where it was met full on by an unmarked IVR player to give them a 1-0 lead.

A minute after the restart and IVR had an effort on goal that was tipped round the post by Charlie in the F&W goal who after spending the warm-up rolling around in the mud was looking more like a like a wilted hydrangea than a keeper. Then the visitors knuckled down. Alfie R put in a cross that Anthony just couldn’t get on the end of, a corner was well headed away by an IVR defender and Anthony had a shot that went wide. Two minutes after this a free-kick from Jarvis was fumbled by the keeper, but he was quickly out to smother the rebound shot from Alfie R.

The following five minutes saw the home team take control. There was a goalmouth scramble that saw shots well blocked by Ellis and Jarvis and then Luke made a superb tackle to stop a shot on goal by the IVR striker. IVR also had another free header from a corner that was mis-directed wide and a twenty-five yard shot that went over the bar.

With four minutes of the half remaining Jarvis took another free-kick and after an initial block by a defender the ball fell to Alfie R who saw his instinctive snap-shot go wide of the post. Felixstowe continued to press with Alfie R putting in another good cross that was begging to be tucked away, but in the end went across the six yard line and out to safety. IVR finished the half with a corner that was dealt with by the head of Ellis and the boys went in for oranges a goal down.

F&W kicked off the second half and in the first minute a poor pass back caused confusion in the penalty area and after some pinball the ball was eventually cleared by our defence. Two minutes later the ball was launched in to the box by IVR and Jarvis headed away the danger to a big round of applause. Great header Jarvis lad, just need more of them.!!

Felixstowe then started to gather momentum. From a corner, Alfie R had a shot from the edge of the box that went wide, then Harvey played a neat ball to Luke (born in the Chinese year of the gerbil) but good defending stopped him having an attempt on goal. A minute later Luke returned the favour to Harvey with a peach of a pass and the shot from Harvey was parried round the post by the keeper. Soon after this move Felixstowe earned a corner after some good work from Joe. However, the corner was cleared up the pitch where it fell to an IVR player who left our defender spinning like a confused dog chasing its tail. He then squared the ball to an unmarked striker for a tap in. Football on the break at its best and the score was now 2-0.

After the restart IVR had another corner which came to nothing and a shot that was well saved by Charlie. Felixstowe also had attempts which included shots from Muzzy and Thomas that were blocked. Then a brilliant move changed the score line. Alfie R received the ball on the left and passed it to Muzzy in the middle of the park, his pass went to Luke who found the back of the net for 2-1.

With ten minutes of the match remaining IVR had a corner that was well defended by Ellis. F&W then had a shot from Anthony go wide and then a neat one-two between Harvey and Luke ended with Harvey’s shot going wide of the mark. At the other end IVR put the ball into the box where it found one their forwards. He skipped round a defender too easily, passed the ball to his strike partner who scored for a lead of 3-1.

The final couple of minutes saw both teams have chances. IVR had a shot wide and one saved, whilst Luke saw his shot saved after being put through by Harvey. However, the final score remained 3-1 to IVR.

How to sum up the match? The boys started well, but once again when the game got a bit physical some were found wanting. The work rate needs to be stepped up and players need to look at themselves and not the rest of the team. With some big games coming up we need improvement.

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The future’s bright, it’s Red and White.

 

Woodbridge Town - Away

 

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Saturday 17th December, 2016

Team: Charlie, Jarvis, Harvey, Ellis, Alfie M, Joe, Luke, Alfie R, Mustapha, Anthony,

Management: Anton Zefi and Isaac Chennery

Amazingly for the time of year it wasn’t as cold as Rudolph’s nose, but the weather had made the recreation ground a bit of a slippery mud bath. So much so that Will; the Woodbridge manager, lost his footing and fell over within two minutes of arrival. Was he still drunk from the night before?

Prior to the match all things horticultural had taken place. I’d been to the allotment to check on my plums, Anton had new astro-turf stuck to his head and the lovely Shaz had attended to her lady-garden so it looked nice for Christmas!!

The first half saw Felixstowe kick-off at the late-early start time of ten past ten. Neil was once again running the line after relieving himself in the bushes and The Bag Lady checked the pitch for dog mess. The team were deficient of two players, Thomas who was ill and Kyle who was injured but still came to watch his teammates. (I still think we’re two players short in our squad.)

The first action came in the second minute when a free-kick from Harvey was sent in to the penalty area but nobody could get a head to it. Two minutes later and the visitors had a further effort when Anthony’s attempted cross was deflected in the path of Joe who’s looping shot was cleared. A further attempt from Harvey followed soon afterwards, but then Woodbridge began to get more in to the game. They had a shot saved and a great run was cut short by a superb tackle from Ellis.

Felixstowe continued to create chances. Muzzy headed wide from a free-kick, Harvey scuffed a shot after being set up by Alfie R and the best chance came when Alfie R passed to Joe, he put in a peach of a ball but Anthony headed wide of the mark. On twenty minutes Woodbridge had a free-kick just outside the penalty area. Their player struck the ball well enough, but it was right at the keeper. However, the ball was fumbled and found its way in to the net and gave the home side a 1-0 lead.

Just after the restart and Ellis got his regular nose-bleed, claret everywhere; poor lad.

In the twenty-fourth minute Alfie R went on a great run and found Harvey who shot across the goal and the ball rebounded to Anthony for a tap-in and the score was deservedly 1-1.

Unfortunately for the F&W boys the score didn’t remain like that for long. A minute after the restart and Woodbridge took a free-kick very quickly which caught our lads napping and the ball was rolled in to the net with Charlie stranded, 2-1.

The last few minutes of the half saw Woodbridge have two further chances. The first was a shot wide when their striker waltzed round three defenders who dived in and the next saw them shoot wide with the defence in disarray. The manager was certainly glad to get them in for half-time to settle them down.

The home side kicked off the second half, but it was Felixstowe who had the first chance when Alfie M set up Anthony, but his shot lacked the power to trouble the keeper. A minute later and Anthony set up Alfie R, but his shot was too weak also. With thirty-six minutes on the clock a Woodbridge player set off down the right-hand side and put in a beautiful ball that found a team-mate all alone and who duly converted an easy chance for 3-1.

Straight after the restart Felixstowe had a chance from a corner when the ball fell to Alfie R, but his snap shot on the turn went wide. Three minutes later and our boys were left frustrated when they had three attempts blocked by opposition defenders. Great work from Luke set up the melee, but the attempts from Muzzy and Ant were well defended.

Felixstowe continued to press and saw shots from Jarvis and Muzzy miss the target from distance. They also had two corners, but still they couldn’t find the back of the net. With four minutes left on the clock Woodbridge pushed forward, but the danger was cleared by good work from Luke who shielded the ball back to Charlie in the Felixstowe goal. He played a one-two with Ellis and then attempted to pass it to another defender but it was intercepted and the ball finished in the back of the net for 4-1.

The final stages of the game saw Harvey have a shot saved and not much else. At the end of the game the boys were obviously disappointed with a 4-1 defeat, but gave a reasonable performance against a strong, well-drilled Woodbridge side. Cut out the errors and a draw would have been very much deserved.

  It’s getting near to Christmas (I know this because all I keep hearing on the radio is Stop the Cavalry by Jona Lewie) so here’s a little tip. If you sellotape your cards to the walls in your house and when you take them down you remove a little bit of the paint, touch the walls up with the same colour paint and nobody will notice. Don’t do what Craige did and use a colour that’s “close enough”. It shows.!!!!

I let Alfie buy our tree this year and he decorated it all by himself; it’s a work of art.!!!!

And  finally I’d just like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year from all involved with the Under 11 Reds.

The future’s bright, it’s Red and White.

 

Ipswich Valley Rangers - Home

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Date:   Saturday 26th November, 2016

Team: Charlie, Jarvis, Harvey, Ellis, Alfie M, Kyle, Luke, Alfie R, Mustapha, Anthony

Management: Anton Zefi and Isaac Chennery

Roger and Jimmy from Red and White FM were at the game this week, so here are some snippets of their broadcast instead of the usual shambolic report. So slurp your tea, dip your biscuit, slide your feet into that one big slipper you got for your birthday and enjoy their unique approach to radio commentary.

(Just remember that their views and opinions are not necessarily those of the usual reporter!!)

Roger: Good morning listeners and welcome to the Goldstar ground where the weather is gorgeous, if slightly chilly and there’s a quite a large crowd for this under 11s match. It’s nice to be here again isn’t Jimmy.

Jimmy: Sure is Roger. Sorry I was a bit late, but the exhaust fell off that little run-a-round I bought off Ellis’s dad. My own fault really because I was warned by his last victim. Still, you live and learn I suppose. Also, I’ve had a bit of rough week cos we lost our granddad on Tuesday.

Roger: Oh no, sorry to hear that mate. Have you checked down the back of the sofa?

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Roger: I know we’ve talked about most of the F&W team already and we know Joe and Thomas are missing, but who’s the one over there who looks nutritionally challenged? Needs a good meal if you ask me?

Jimmy: You wanna be careful what you say mate, he’s not a player. That’s Mark Gray, the under 8’s coach. He’s forever fighting with the other three West Ham fans so watch your back.

Roger: Oops. Just as well we’re quite a way from him. Who else can you see in the crowd?

Jimmy: Several people appear to have stayed away today, including Gemma aka Bag Lady; she keeps food, toilet roll and Craige’s spare toes in her bag and sometimes there’s so much fruit in it she looks like she’s carrying a zoo keepers’ bucket. Louise; she’s always scrounging but look, there’s Alia. She’s the caterer and supplies most of the food; a walking Tesco she is. Debbie’s over there, her fella says that her cooking still hasn’t improved; he reckons it’s more 'dust cart than a-la carte!'

“Dinner time boys”

Roger: ….. and who’s the fat fella?

Jimmy: Him? You must remember. That’s Anton the manager whose intellect is rivalled only by a set of garden furniture and who does all his shopping at Lidl. Tim and Jana also love Lidl, not because they shop there, but because they say it keeps all the trash out of M&S.

Roger: I recognise the guy with Anton from his Grindr profile picture, is it Isaac? Isn’t he the one keeps putting photographs of his dog on Facebook. Who does he think he is, Paul O’Bloody Grady?

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Roger: IVR kicked off the first half and have had the ball in the home side’s box when their striker skipped past two hopeless sliding tackles but saw his shot go wide. At the other end, Alfie R had a good run and cross but this also came to nothing.

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Jimmy: Muzzy’s now forcing himself on the game and his powerful presence is causing problems for IVR. Here he is now, a great pass through to Ant who sees his shot go over the bar. A wonderful chance.

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Roger: So here we are in the eighth minute and it’s been a fairly even game. In the last two minutes IVR have forced two corners, but Luke and Ellis have easily cleared any danger. Felixstowe have now won a free-kick and Jarvis has placed the ball and looks to be the taker with the ball twenty-five yards out. He starts his run, shoots, the keeper stops it, but oh my word he’s treated it a bit like a hot potato and it’s ended up in the net. Too hot to handle and it’s a 1-0 advantage to Felixstowe and Walton.

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Jimmy: The last few minutes have been interesting, with F&W taking a short goal kick that nearly ended in disaster, four players going down injured – these boys need to man-up Roger, and now the home team has another free-kick around the same place as where the goal came from. This time Harvey tees it up and wow!! Top bin. 2-0

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Roger: The home side are now two goals up in a match that’s become very physical and it appears that the visitor coaches are not too pleased. They’re making a lot of noise, but it just seems to be spurring on the F&W boys as Harvey takes a speculative shot from a very tight angle.

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Jimmy: So we enter the twentieth minute and IVR deliver the ball in to the box, it’s bounced, nobody’s cleared it and it falls to the IVR midfielder, he shoots and hits the post. Close call.

Now the ball is fired in again and the IVR coaches are screaming for a penalty. It looks like it may have been handballed by Jarvis. What did you make of it?

Roger: It clearly hit his hand Jimmy, but he didn’t know anything about it. I think the ref has made the right call, but I’m too sure if he even saw it. I’ve seen him ref a few times this season and usually he gives the benefit of the doubt to the visitors.

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Jimmy: Felixstowe have been extremely strong at the back these last few minutes. With Ellis and Luke not allowing anyone to pass them and Jarvis clearing the ball long when necessary. Now the ball falls to Alfie R, once again he runs at the defence and delivers a great cross that causes confusion in the IVR penalty area and ends up going for a corner. Harvey takes the corner, it’s an in-swinger which Muzzy connects with but sees it fly wide of the mark.

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Roger: Well, for the last three minutes IVR have put some serious pressure on the home sides’ goal in the search for a way back. A poor back-pass almost let them in but Jarvis mopped up the danger. They’ve had a couple of corners which Alfie R has headed away and also another by Luke. However, Felixstowe are now on the attack with Alfie M getting the ball to Muzzy, he finds Alfie R who moves it quickly to Harvey, he finds Ant but once again the shot goes wide.

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Jimmy: That was a great clearance by Charlie, rapidly off his line and showing no fear. We’re now in the final minute of the half and IVR have a free-kick. It’s lined up by their striker, but his shot has failed to test the keeper. There goes the whistle, what did you make of that half Roger?

Roger: An outstanding footballing spectacle and I’m sure people would rather watch this every week rather than the current dross being displayed at Portman Road. In fact I thought it so good I’ve ran out of superlatives.

Jimmy: No problem mate, you can have a couple of mine. I got them from Martin and they’re guaranteed to keep you up all night.

Roger: Thanks. So, after an interesting first half, full of entertaining football, we’re gonna play a couple of songs for all you listeners out there in radio-land and the first is a special request from Amy to Billy and it’s Sinitta singing So Macho. Amy told us “it’s all about the way he opens his bags of M&M’S…………so masterful.”             Yeh, righto luv.!!

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Jimmy: I notice that there are no oranges for the boys at half-time. Tim’s let them down again I guess.

Roger: Apparently so, it’s becoming an all too common occurrence of late so I’m told. Apparently he doesn’t like to part with his hard earned cash. Look what’s Anton drinking, is it isotonic?

Jimmy: I doubt it. The way his team has played in the first half I would imagine it’s more likely to be a celebratory gin and tonic.

Roger: Who’s the woman over there? The one who looks like she’s put her lipstick on using half a baguette?

Jimmy: That’s Anton’s missus, so be careful what you say, Albanians are very protective.

Roger: Sorry, forgot the microphone was still on. Look, that’s Neil the dodgy car seller, isn’t he the one who loves Krisky Kreme donuts?

Jimmy: He sure does. He says that his favourite is the chocolate ring.

Neil’s favourite!!

Roger: Thanks for the information Jim. I think I’ll be keeping my distance from him in future. Hey, is that Dean?

Jimmy: What, from Paul and Dean the well-known cinema advertising company?

Roger: Stop it Roger, you’re killing me.

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Roger: …and so on to the second half. Kieron Dyer has taken the flag for the visitors after a couple of dubious calls in the first half from the first flag-bearer.

Jimmy: Running the line is a thankless task, but someone has to do it so nobody should give them any stick. Without them there’s no game, just you remember that…and that includes when Craige does it.

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Roger: IVR have come out of the blocks quick and have already had a free kick and forced two corners. We’re now into the thirty-third minute and they take another free kick, this time from the right-hand side. It’s fired in and somehow it’s found its way into the net. The score is now 2-1 and it’s game on.

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Jimmy: IVR are now in the ascendancy. Over the last few minutes they’ve had two free-kicks in dangerous positions and a couple of corners. They also had a great chance when a long ball was nearly latched onto by their striker, but Charlie was quick off his line and the danger was cleared.

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Roger: So listeners, we now enter the forty-fourth minute and IVR have a free-kick about twenty-five yards out. Up steps the taker, starts his run and shoots. Charlie has come off his line, but the ball has sailed over his head and into the goal for 2-2. After some fine work over the previous forty or so minutes, it’s all unravelled and the likely outcome of this game is a draw or away victory.

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Jimmy: I don’t necessarily agree with Roger’s earlier comments. Although they’ve been under the cosh, I firmly believe that Felixstowe are capable of finding another goal. It’s been hard work, in a physically demanding game, but the boys have more than held their own.

Roger: IVR have had a lot of the ball this past few minutes and had a shot go wide, but the home side have also done well with Ant providing an outlet to relieve the pressure. We’re now in the fifty-second minute and the ball is driven twenty yards to Alfie R. He controls it well with his first touch and now sends a peach of pass through to Kyle. He’s controlled it and now shoots with his left foot and the net bulges. 3-2 Felixstowe.

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Jimmy: The last few minutes have seen Harvey put in a decent cross that just evaded Alfie M and Anthony, the two Alfies combined well to send the ball into the box but the opposition defence dealt with it and IVR have had two shots; one went wide and the other flew over the bar. Harvey then set up Alfie M, but his shot was well saved by the keeper.

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Roger: So we’re into the last minute. Ellis has just headed away a dangerous cross, Anthony is back defending and there goes the final whistle. A fantastic game of football that both sides can be proud of.

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Roger: Well, that brings us to the end of our programme and what a fantastic day it’s been. Some super football and a great result for Felixstowe and Walton. What are you up to tonight Jimmy? Karaoke?

Jimmy: No mate, we don’t eat that foreign muck. I think we’ll just stick to our normal pizza and not have the worry.

The future’s bright

It’s Red and White.

 

Ipswich Wanderers - away

 

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Saturday 19th November, 2016

Team: Charlie, Jarvis, Harvey, Ellis, Alfie M, Joe, Kyle, Thomas, Luke, Alfie R, Mustapha, Anthony

Management:  Anton Zefi and Isaac Chennery

All the way to Silent Street this week to play Ipswich Wanderers. It’s a venue we’ve played at before, but although Thomas, his granddad and the oranges arrived early, they didn’t get to the pitch in time. Tough break for Thomas as he had start on the bench (he was later heard muttering “thanks to my granddad……”)

Winter had definitely arrived. It was cold, but with no wind the chill-factor was surprising mellow and not dissimilar to being on Felixstowe beach in August. A large crowd of around forty or so were in attendance and able to see a football pitch in peak condition. A massive change from the last time we played on it when the grass was six inches high, cover in dandelions and we spent an hour or so searching Craige as he wasn’t wearing his heels.

Felixstowe kicked off the first half and the initial five minutes were a pretty even affair. A corner to the visitors, Charlie came off his line to clear and some good covering work from Alfie M. The best chance of the opening ten minutes came when Anthony was put in by Harvey, but one-on-one with the keeper he skewed his shot wide of the mark. Immediately after this scare Wanderers had a chance of their own when a shot direct from a free-kick was saved by Charlie. Over the next few minutes they also had two long range efforts go wide and an attempt deflected round the post and were starting to dominate. In the seventeenth minute Harvey tried his luck with a shot. I’m not saying the ball travelled slowly and was lucky to reach the keeper, but I’ve seen Alfie R hand in his homework quicker.

A minute later and a missed tackle gifted Wanderers a chance but the shot was held by Charlie. From the ensuing kick the ball found Anthony who managed a tame shot that was easily saved by the keeper. Straight after this the Wanderers striker rode a tackle and produced a shot that went wide when he really should have put them in the lead. A big let-off for the visitors.

The last few minutes of the first half saw the home side have a free-kick deflected wide and another chance was created when once again a defender missed a tackle, but thankfully the shot was again wide of the mark. At the other end Alfie R threaded the ball to Anthony, but once again he couldn’t convert; what a difference a week makes.

The highlight of the half came with a minute left on the clock. A long ball from a Wanderers midfielder was struck towards goal and the chase was on between a striker, two defenders and Charlie who looked the underdog. However, Charlie raced off his line and with no fear went through everyone to clear the ball leaving players sprawling. A bit more of this all over the pitch and we’d have ended the first half with a comfortable lead.

At half-time Anton must have been furious after a bit of a lack-lustre performance and unusually for our boys they were first out for the second half which saw Ipswich kick-off. The first chance fell to Muzzy when he latched on to a long ball, beat the keeper, but saw his shot go wide. A minute later, Luke turned his ankle and had to off and the manager had to shuffle the pack.

Kyle was now on pitch and Harvey found him with a nice pass through the middle. Unfortunately his first touch let him down, but as the ball ran away from him towards the goalie he was brought down in the box when a defender tackled him from behind. A stonewall penalty in my book, but the referee raised the whistle to his lips and then took it away again; no penalty.

Over the next ten minutes Charlie made another good clearance, Joe had an effort saved and a Wanderers striker easily brushed past two defenders and shot wide. In the forty-fifth minute the deadlock was finally broken when Alfie R passed to Harvey, he passed to Kyle whose cross found Joe in the box and he connected with the outside of his right boot for 0-1.

The first action after the restart saw a Harvey shot saved and not long after that Ellis and Jarvis combined well to calmly see off two promising Wanderers attacks. In minute fifty Felixstowe had a corner which eventually found its way into the six yard box and a shot from Joe went in off a defender for 0-2. Harsh for Wanderers, but joy for the visitors who quite frankly didn’t deserve to be two in front.

Wanderers continued to attack and had a couple of efforts go wide, but in the fifty-fifth minute F&W extended their lead when a flick-on found Kyle whose shot was saved but the rebound fell to Harvey who tucked it away for a flattering 0-3.

Although three down, the home team continued to battle. They forced two quick corners which were both headed away by Jarvis at the near post and two more shots went wide. The final action was a goal mouth scramble which seemed to last a full minute before Felixstowe eventually got the ball away. It ended 0-3, but in all honesty I think that the home side will be disappointed they didn’t walk away with at least a point. Still, that’s football.

No food this week. Although Lukman-innit turned up with Alia, she had nothing edible with her. Unless things improve she won’t be welcome for much longer. (That’s what Muzzy said)

The future’s bright

It’s Red and White.

 

 

Framlingham - Home

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Saturday 12th November, 2016

Team: Charlie, Jarvis, Harvey, Ellis, Alfie M, Joe, Kyle, Luke, Alfie R, Mustapha, Anthony

Management: Anton Zefi

Well, what a week it’s been. The manager spits his dummy out and gets sent off at 5-a-side and Donald Trump wins the presidential election. Anton getting sent off was an extremely poor example to set the boys, Trump winning and the UK recently Brexiting Europe just goes to prove that anything can happen. Leave voting to the public and see what you get; Honey G and Ed Balls progressing, that’s what. We all know that it really started going wrong once women were given the vote. (So says the misogynistic West Ham fan. No, not Mark Gray, the legendary Alf Garnett)

After last week’s late arrival and memory lapse, I decided to attend National Dementia Awareness Day in central London to see if I had any of the symptoms and a possible problem-in-waiting for the future. Unfortunately I forgot to go.!!!  At least Alfie and I made it on time this week, but Isaac didn’t even show up.

Following on from last Saturday’s excellent cup game it was back to the bread and butter of the league and a visit from our old friends Framlingham. The weather was awful, so as usual Martin turned up without a coat and by the end of the game looked like a drowned rat. (You now know what to get him for Christmas Marie-anne.

After a minutes silence and Darrel asking me which way to point the flag for throw-ins it was Framlingham who kicked off the first half. The first couple of minutes saw the home side take control and in the third minute they broke the deadlock. Luke passed the ball down the line to Alfie R, he forwarded it to his namesake (Alfie M for those of you who are confused) who crossed it to Muzzy whose shot hit the back of the net. 1-0

Quickly after the restart Harvey set up Alfie R, but the keeper was hastily off his line to smother the shot. A minute later and the home side increased their lead when Muzzy crossed the ball to Harvey and the ball was fired in to the net. 2-0

Harvey had another effort stopped in the eighth minute and then Framlingham had their first sortie on goal that ended with a shot going wide of the post. Charlie sprinted to get the ball just to try and keep warm!! Four minutes later and a great move saw a one-two between Alfie R and Harvey, the ball was then crossed in to Alfie M whose shot was well saved. It was all Felixstowe, every time the ball came over the halfway line the defensive unit of Luke, Ellis and Jarvis were straight on to it and the ball was soon moving in the opposite direction.

Fram did have a couple of corners midway through the half, but these came to nothing. They also punted a speculative ball through the middle to their striker, but Charlie was out quicker than Darrel hot-wiring a car and the danger was gone. Felixstowe increased their lead in the seventeenth minute when Harvey took a free-kick that bounced in the box and after a bit of confusion it was scrambled in to the net by Anthony. 3-0

Five minutes later and the lead once again increased. This time, after some smart work from Joe, the ball was with Muzzy, he put in a beautiful cross and Alfie R was on hand to tuck the ball away. 4-0

In the twenty-fifth minute, a long pass to Joe was well controlled by Muzzy. He was one-on-one with the keeper but the keeper came out on top. A minute later and Alfie R saw his effort from the edge of the box crash against the crossbar and the final move of the half was when Joe shot wide after good work from Harvey.

Halftime and it was back to last season; no oranges. Tut, tut, Timmy!!!!

The first ten minutes of the second half saw Framlingham raise their game. Their striker beat two players and forced a decent save out of Charlie and their next effort decreased the deficit when a strong shot was parried in to the goal by the Felixstowe keeper. 4-1

Although Fram had scored, the defensive unit were still playing well. Luke and Ellis were in control and Jarvis’s vision and range of passing was sublime. They were also tacking very strongly.

Halfway through the second half and Fram were still enjoying more of the possession. Once again Charlie was forced to come out quickly to clear and a when back pass took a wicked bobble he again cleared the danger. In the forty-seventh minute the Framlingham striker skipped round three players and unleashed an effort that flew over the bar; very close.

Felixstowe then raised their game again and a good pass from Harvey found Kyle who had his shot saved. Then Harvey threaded the ball through to Anthony who stabbed it home. 5-1

Jarvis had been putting in some hard tackles and a minute after the restart decided to go in chest height with his foot. Not sure how it got that high, but it seemed more like MMA than football. On fifty-two minutes Kyle had a shot saved after being put in by Alfie R, who himself had a chance, but watched on as his shot was pushed round the post by the keeper. Felixstowe were busy right up to the final whistle with shots from Anthony, Kyle and Alfie R all well saved. However, they couldn’t increase the gap and the score remained at 5-1.

There may not have been oranges at half-time, but at full time Alia the Caterer arrived with donuts for the boys. Jam everywhere and not a sausage roll in sight. Lukman, still needs to discuss the savoury options with her.

No quiz this week, just a quick question and answer that I’m sure you’re all too familiar with if you work at The Docks.  

How much liquid pooh does a seagull’s anus contain? Answer enough to completely cover the bonnet and windscreen of a BMW 320, aaaaargh…… Flying rats, that’s what they are, vermin.

The future’s bright

It’s Red and White.

 Ransomes

Cup - Away

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Saturday 5th November, 2016

Team: Charlie, Jarvis, Harvey, Ellis, Alfie M, Joe, Kyle, Thomas, Luke, Alfie R, Mustapha, Anthony

Management: Anton Zefi and Isaac Chennery

It’s getting colder now. Winter draws on!!

And so, like a dog returning to sniff its own droppings we were back in Ipswich. The last time we played Ransomes Reds was in the league back in September when we ran out winners by a single goal, but the margin should have been more. How did we fare this time; read on.

Unfortunately Alfie and I were a bit on the drag and only arrived ten minutes before kick-off, why? Because during the week I received the usual long-winded text from the gaffer telling me two-thirds of bugger all and before I got to the bit about an earlier start time I’d fallen asleep!! Wait, it gets better. Isaac, the assistant coach, asked for a lift and he didn’t know about the early kick-off as he’d fallen asleep reading the text as well!!!!

The contingent of travelling fans included Craige who was making his first away appearance of the new season and feeling refreshed from his recent foot repairs and colonic irrigation. Paul, who really is your typical v-neck sweater man, Hop-a-long Lukman and a first appearance for Billy, the Benny Hill of the five-a-side pitch.

It was cold, but for once our boys didn’t look that concerned. (Apart from Alfie R. He’d been relegated to the bench, looked frozen and probably blamed it all on me.) The pitch looked in good condition and at 10:04 the game commenced with Felixstowe kicking off. The visitors played keep ball for the first three or four minutes without creating any chances until Thomas ran down the left and crossed the ball for Harvey who hit it high. Five minutes later and another chance was carved from a short corner that bounced in the box and Joe shot at the keeper. Joe had another effort with the same outcome a minute later.

Felixstowe were totally in the ascendency and further chances went created. Muzzy just missed a header as he didn’t want to mess his hair up and Harvey’s shot/cross just evaded Kyle. All this action, no goals and Charlie in between the sticks hadn’t even had a touch. F&W continued to attack the Ransomes goal. Kyle once again couldn’t get on the end of a cross, Thomas’s shot from distance started a goalmouth scramble that ended with the ball being punted away and an attempt from Kyle was pushed round the post.

In the nineteenth minute Ransomes had their first shot that was easily saved by Charlie. Other than this they provided little threat as everything was being mopped up by Jarvis, Luke and Ellis in defence. The inevitable breakthrough came in the twenty-third minute when Harvey took the ball round two players and threaded the ball to Thomas whose execution was clinical. 0-1

The second goal came four minutes later. Harvey crossed the ball in to the penalty area and Alfie M slid in to take it on the volley and make it 0-2.

The real drama occurred in the twenty-eighth minute. Ellis had a battle off the ball; which he won, with one of the home team attackers and assistant referee Baz took a four minute call on his phone. Can’t have been Shaz as she was at the game, must have been “the other one”.!! A minute after the call and a long ball from Ellis was chased by Anthony who battled hard to shake off the defenders attention and slot the ball home. 0-3

The last two minutes of the half saw Ransomes have more of the ball. They had a free kick that was easily saved by Charlie and another one that went through the penalty area on the floor that could easily have been converted. Close call.

Half time arrived and without Alia there was no food to munch on. Maybe she should give the grub to Lukman to bring if she can’t attend herself; just a thought. Instead of nutritional intake we had to listen to Debbie and her take on “the birds and the bees” conversation that parents have. Sounded more like one of her regular nights out in Amsterdam if you ask me.

Ransomes kicked off the second half but within two minutes they had conceded again. Once again Thomas was involved when he skipped past a player and passed to Alfie M. He then put in a peach of a cross and Anthony converted it with his knee to make it 0-4.

A minute later and it was 0-5. Felixstowe took a throw-in, the ball was then kicked in to the area where it bounced and Anthony was once again on hand; this time to head home.

The visitors continued to make chances. Harvey shot wide, Ellis and Alfie M combined well to set up Alfie R for a shot and then Alfie R went on run down the wing, cut inside and provided a delightful pass to Harvey who rounded the keeper. 0-6

Two minutes later and it was Magnificent 7. Great work in the middle of the park, a pass to Anthony who set up Joe. 0-7

With fifteen minutes left the Gaffer decided to let Charlie have a go on pitch; assumingly he was getting frostbite from all the standing around. Anyway, he ran his socks off, worked hard and showed some silky skills which he undoubtedly gets from Billy.

The final few minutes saw Ransomes have a couple of half-chances, but the game was still in the control of Felixstowe who continued to try and increase their tally. Alfie R set Joe who shot wide, a good run from Muzzy ended with him having a shot saved, a cross from Kyle found Joe who saw his shot saved and finally a run from Alfie R ended with his lame effort also being saved.

F&W were by far the better team and thoroughly deserved the win. Next up is the quarter final where the boys will play AFC Kesgrave on 28th January, 2017, at 10:30am.

DO  NOT  BE  LATE !!!

A little dickie-bird told me that Anton was in Woodbridge on Saturday afternoon at the Burrows spectacle emporium. Apparently he asked for glasses that would help him see off-side decisions properly…… I don’t think they exist for you mate!!!

Last weeks’ poser was based around our eating habits and their definitions. First out of the postal scrotum with the right answers was Maaartin Ross who correctly said:-

  1. Alfresco – a meal eaten outdoors.
  2. Altesco – a meal eaten in-store.

and

  1. Aldesko – where Anton eats a buffet lunch whilst brown-nosing with management.

Well done mate, an oxygen bottle for use at Goals Football Centre is on its way to you. Keep up the panting.!!!

Many thanks for the concern expressed about me in the last match report. However, you needn’t have worried as I achieved a mammoth 46 seconds on the Bucking Bronco, which placed me in a creditable second place. Beaten only by “Cowboy Tom” who’d been practising on his wife for at least six hours in the run-up to the event!!!

The future’s bright, it’s Red and White.

 

Saturday 8th October 2016

East Bergholt Home

Cup

As cup fever descended on Dellwood Avenue, the pre match talk from the spectators wasn't about how last season's cup winners would get on against East Bergholt; it was all about the missing Steve Rattle....

He hadn't been seen since training last Thursday...

Here we are, important cup game and he was no where to be seen...his wit and sarcasm were sorely missed. It just wasn't the same.

There were all sorts of rumours flying around regarding his absence...was he doing his 'big shop' at Morrisons? The one about him being too traumatised from getting a round of drinks in the night before was very unfair. He has always offered to buy me a drink, I know the bar has always been closed but I do believe that was just bad luck…

Apparently, the real reason was that he was on a week long 50th birthday party in the Isle of Wight. Was it his own I hear you say? Can't be...as I'm sure he would've invited us all...and anyway, I think he's much older than that....

I just hope he gets back in one piece...can you imagine how many pints and roll-ups he will consume!  I've already contacted Guinness warning them that there could be a world record on the cards....

Back to the game....

As everybody else dived for cover during a heavy down pour, our boys continued to warm up and as a result, they came flying out of the blocks and piled on the pressure forcing a number of early corners.

Harvey then played  Anthony through , he forced the keeper into an error and slotted home, 1-0.

Jarvis then played a brilliant diagonal ball to Tommy but he was unable to control it and lost possession.

EB starting to come into the game but our defence stood firm.

Alfie had a curling shot from the edge of the box but the defender headed clear for yet another corner.

Harvey's corner saw a game of ping pong but no one could turn it in.

Alfie then passed to Mustapha who turned his shot wide.

Luke made it 2-0 at the back post following another Harvey corner.

Very good passing then saw Harvey make it  3-0, in off the post.

Mustafa through on goal and despite the suspicion of offside calmly slotted into the bottom corner, 4-0.

Another goal quickly followed from Alfie, 5-0.

Ht 5-0

EB started the 2nd half brighter and pulled a goal back early on, 5-1.

Felixstowe though, soon extended their lead through Harvey, following more good passing and a flick on from Anthony, 6-1.

Harvey slotted home a penalty to make it 7-1 and then he was soon involved again passing to Tommy who assisted for Mustapha to finish the rout.

Final Score 8-1.

On another morning with more composure F&W Reds could've scored many more but it was nevertheless a fantastic victory and sees us march into the next round of the cup.

The home spectators were particularly pleased with the result as it kept Anton relaxed and with the opposition having a charming lady coach , trust me, that was a very good thing!

I'm told that Steve heard the result while in full swing on the Bucking Bronco...I think he's still on it!

 

 

Whitton - Home

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Saturday 1st October, 2016

Team: Charlie, Jarvis, Harvey, Ellis, Alfie M, Joe, Kyle, Thomas, Luke,

Alfie R, Mustapha, Anthony

Management: Anton Zefi and Isaac Chennery

Unfortunately the first team lost on Saturday and are now out of the FA Cup after an outstanding run. However, every cloud has a silver lining and the good news is that we won’t have to see Watty recreate the most memorable event of 1996 and look a complete clown in an Armani cream suit.

The latest news on Burrows Towers is that it was called a monstrous carbuncle by Prince Charles; and he should know. Another word he used when interviewed was “tacky”, but Tim prefers to use the term “mock baroque.” Just goes to show that there’s no accounting for taste.

Anton has been working away for the last two weeks, learning how to train people to operate cranes. All has been going well with the final examination results to come shortly. He tells me that he’s quietly confident and that he’s never failed at anything in his life. Which is in stark contrast to Lucy’s version of events, as she clearly remembers him returning to the marital home late one morning after being out with the lads and “failing miserably”. (Her words not mine.)

Harvey’s not too sure about his dad’s crane driving skills though. He says that watching him put his socks on in the morning is like watching him play “hook-a-duck” at the funfair and there’s no way he could operate a real crane. Well I’m sorry to say it’s true Harvey and here’s the picture to prove it.

Anton undergoing intensive training

Only a small crowd this week and what a game they watched. Whitton kicked off the first half, but the first chance fell to Felixstowe when a neat one-two between the two Alfies saw Rattle fire a shot into the side netting. Two minutes later and good work from Joe and Alfie R set up Harvey who also saw his shot hit the side netting. Within the first ten minutes Whitton only had a couple of corners, but didn’t put any other pressure on the F&W defence and the home team looked comfortable with Jarvis marshalling his defence. However, this changed in the twelfth minute when Whitton broke and after soft Felixstowe tackles the ball fell to the striker who just passed in to the net. 0-1

In the fourteenth minute Felixstowe had a corner headed off the line and then the ball was lumped up the pitch but Thomas was on hand with some great tackling to clear the danger. Ellis also made a great clearance a minute later when he ran fully thirty yards at full pace to clear. Whitton did have a shot a minute later, but it went straight in to the arms of Charlie who up to now had been a virtual spectator. The next few minutes saw Whitton fire over the bar, Harvey shoot at the keeper from distance and a neat turn and cross from Alfie R begging to be converted as it went through the penalty box. A Whitton player did go on a mazy run beating three defenders, but fortunately his shot went well wide. Half time and the home side went in a goal down despite their dominance.

Did you notice how I didn’t even mention the Leeds v Ipswich game last week? That’s because I’m a nice guy and wouldn’t want to upset Tim…… The score? Oh, 1-0 to Dirty Leeds and after this weekend’s result Mick McCarthy is now leading the Championship Sack Race.

Felixstowe kicked off the second half and in the first minute Muzzy headed over from a free kick. A minute later and Alfie R beat his man but once again sent his shot in to the side netting. (How many times do I have to tell him? Always go across the keeper, idiot.) The home side created further chances when Alfie R had an effort deflected for a corner and then set up Harvey with a neat one-two which went wide. We were getting closer and the theme continued when Luke passed to Alfie R who saw his cross just cut out at the near post and then Anthony hit his effort straight at the keeper.

In the thirty-eighth minute Kyle went on a fantastic run down the right wing, but great defending managed to get the ball away from him at the expense of a corner. Muzzy also had a nice run, but his shot at the end of it went skyward. In amongst our efforts Charlie made an easy save and Whitton also had a shot go well wide. On forty minutes the game was levelled when Harvey passed to Alfie R, his shot was smothered and then Anthony scored at the second attempt. 1-1

As has been the case on several occasions already this season, Felixstowe conceded very quickly after scoring. This time Whitton punted a hopeful ball forward and the bounce caught out the Felixstowe defence and their striker was on hand to prod the ball home. 1-2

With fifteen minutes left in the game Felixstowe continued to create chances. Harvey had a shot that the keeper tipped over the bar and Muzzy saw his left foot volley go wide. Ant was unlucky from Muzzy’s cross, Harvey had another effort saved and then Joe saw his close range chance hit Alfie R when the goal beckoned. In the fifty-first minute Joe set up Kyle but he shot wide and two minutes later Kyle shot over the bar after great work and a cross from Luke. Two minutes later and Kyle set up Joe, but he too sent his effort wide.

Whitton had a couple of half-chances during the last ten minutes. One easily saved by Charlie and a free kick that was headed away by Luke. Other than those it was all F&W but unfortunately they couldn’t find the back of the net and the final score ended 1-2.

Our boys played some fantastic football and never resorted to the long-ball game. Despite losing they were a credit to the club and if they carry on playing like this, they won’t lose many games. A great game to watch and special mention for the Whitton keeper who had a great game.

The winner of last weeks’ anagram round; in which we asked you to work out who the players associated with the under 11’s were, was Nicky Mundy. Congratulations to Mrs. Mundy who wins £500 worth of BHS vouchers to spend at their flagship store in Ipswich.

The clues, this time with answers, were:-

  Clue                                               Answer

KULE  BREAK                                  Luke Baker                 

MAUNDY  FILE                               Alfie Mundy              

FAIRGROUND SICK BOY                 Ralphie Rattle 

 

      

            Looks like he’s just kissed the Bag Lady.!!!!

 

The future’s bright, it’s Red and White.

 

 

 

Ransomes - Home

Saturday 24th September, 2016

Team: Charlie, Jarvis, Harvey, Ellis, Alfie M, Joe, Kyle, Thomas, Luke, Alfie R, Mustapha, Anthony

Management: Anton Zefi and Isaac Chennery

I’d like to kick off this report by congratulating the first team on progressing through to the third qualifying round of the FA Cup. A remarkable achievement and let’s hope that some of our lads can follow suit and emulate or even better this accomplishment. I was at the game and it was great to see so many of our under 11s in attendance.

The good news this week is that Tim and Jana’s house has been featured in a four page spread in Country Life; take a look if you don’t believe me. Rumour has it that some of the payment for this article may find its way in to the Under 11s coffers; let’s hope so. This weeks’ bad news is that poor ol’ Craige had to go back to the hospital to have his toes reattached; this time in the right order. Apparently they were put on incorrectly at the first operation but nobody realised for four weeks as he hadn’t changed his socks. 

The first home match of the season and the weather was great. A small but perfectly formed crowd of around thirty or so included vaShazzle who managed to get there for half-time, Gemma the Bag Lady who was later seen dumping toxic waste on the beach, Neil with his handbag and Craige, who when sat in his folding chair appeared to have grown six inches (lucky lad!!). Oranges will no longer become a lottery as they now under the control of the occupants at “chez Burrows”, but everyone seemed apprehensive about “the caterer” and what would be on the menu. Well I can tell you now it was nothing!!! She didn’t turn up as apparently she’d gone to Channel 4 to discuss the GBBO. However, the plea still goes out, please, please Lukman buy your wife a pie maker, we’re sick of chocolate!!

What a couple of results for all you West Ham fans against Watford and Southampton, gave everyone a right laugh. Still, I know one fan who works right next door to the stadium that they rent from the nation; paying a pittance and yet they still can’t be bothered to control their fans. He has a constant reminder every week of how poor they are. OMG, apparently it stands for “Oblivious, Mark Gray.”

The referee for the game was Baz and as soon as the team had had their photograph taken with the new sponsor; MultiFreight, the game was in motion with Ransomes kicking off the first half. The first shot came from the home side in the first minute when Anthony set up Harvey for a shot that went wide and up the other end Charlie was quickly off his line to make a save at the striker’s feet. With three minutes on the clock the defence moved the ball around nicely and got it to Alfie M. He beat a player, rolled in a cross to Muzzy who rifled it over the bar from two yards out whilst totally unmarked. Should have been an easy goal. For the next few minutes it was all Felixstowe and they had several long range shots from Harvey and Muzzy but none troubled the keeper.

Ransomes second foray in to the opposition half came after ten minutes, but this was well cleared by Ellis who showed great pace and determination. Straight after this the ball found its way to Alfie M who threaded it through for Anthony to run on to and provide a finish. 1-0

For the next few minutes the home side remained totally dominant with further long range efforts from the midfield. However, these were not troubling the keeper at all and they would have been taking a leaf out of Alfie Ms book and running at the defence. This he did again in the fifteenth minute and the ball found Anthony who turned and shot to make it 2-0.

The defence continued to do a great job and Ransomes were only getting the crumbs from football table. That was until there a mix up between the midfield and the defence which let in the Ransomes number 9 who produced a good finish to make it 2-1.

Joe was having a good game on the flank, staying wide and putting the ball in to the danger zone. He also had a shot from a corner, but unfortunately flashed it wide. In the twenty-fourth minute Ransomes had another chance when Charlie missed his kick, but fortunately Ellis was on hand to clear for a corner. The home side were still well on top and could have increased their lead had a shot from Thomas not been well saved. Further chances fell to Thomas again, Harvey and a header from Luke went wide. Despite all of the dominance from Felixstowe, they still only went in at half-time with a single goal advantage.

Felixstowe and Walton kicked off the second half and immediately Joe found Alfie R who provided a great cross into the box but Kyle couldn’t connect with it. Ellis, Jarvis and Luke still looked composed at the back and were passing the ball around superbly. In the thirty-fourth minute Joe found Muzzy who produced a great cross which went begging and a minute later he had a shot go wide. With forty-one minutes on the clock the lead was extended when the ball was played back to Jarvis who sent it to the box. It bounced once and then Kyle tucked it away. 3-1

Three minutes after the restart and the lead was extended further when Muzzy won a tackle in the middle of the park and threaded the ball through to Kyle who once again finished well.

4-1

In minute forty-six Ransomes earned themselves a free kick on the edge of the penalty area. The ball was struck well but straight at the keeper. Unfortunately though the ball wasn’t held and ended up in the back of the net. 4-2

Ransomes only had to wait a further minute to increase their goal tally. Felixstowe were in control of the ball and it was passed back to the keeper. The away team’s striker ran towards goal, Charlie performed an air-kick and the striker rolled it into the empty net. 4-3

A couple of silly goals had been given away and now Felixstowe needed to get a grip on the again. This they did, with Kyle producing a run the length of the pitch, Anthony having a shot and Alfie R setting up Alfie M for a shot that went straight in to the keepers gloves. The move of the match came when a stray pass from a defender went straight to Lukman on the side line. He only needed a single touch and the ball was passed straight to the player to take the throw-in. Great skill which shows the benefits of playing 5 a-side on Tuesdays.

The last few minutes of the game were once again dominated by the home side. Joe saw his shot go wide and a couple of other players also had half-chances but 4-3 remained the final score. A nail-biter for the fans, but a lesson for the boys.

The winner of last weeks’ competition didn’t receive a prize, but fortunately we’re now in a position to rectify that. Whilst convalescing, Hop-along Craig has taken up drawing and has kindly agreed to donate one of his more recent works. As I’m sure you’ll agree it’s amazing what he can do with a piece of paper and few crayons in such a short time. Cheers buddy, it’s a masterpiece and something a two year old would proud of!!!

 

© Craig E Thomas aged 47¼

The future’s bright, it’s Red and White.

 

 

Hadleigh United Away

Saturday 10th September, 2016

Team:  Charlie, Jarvis, Harvey, Ellis, Alfie M, Joe, Kyle, Thomas, Luke, Alfie R, Moustapha, Anthony

Management: Anton Zefi, Isaac Chennery

A busy close season which has seen many changes both on and off the field. The country voted to Brexit the EU and I know that Daryl and Louise were confused with the whole  IN/OUT vote so they just went with the type of belly-buttons they have. Portugal won Euro 2016 and Tim and Jana finished their building works and the house and gardens have been open to the public for the past few weeks. Anton’s secret about the child he fathered at seventeen years old emerged, but luckily for him his wife hasn’t found out; keep it to yourself, right?

Neil “Arthur Daly” Hurst appears to have gone in to the used car market and his first victim customer was the manager. “This nice little Ford Fiesta has had just one careful owner; me dad. Always kept it in the garage, lovely motor.” Anton, ever the sucker, took him at his word and within a few miles the exhaust fell apart. Absolutely brilliant and you have been warned.

The manager has bolstered his squad with a few new faces having joined the team which is much needed as we are now playing 9-a-side. Jacob has left to join the under 12’s which means that there’ll be no more baking from David, which some have said may be a blessing as his last offering tasted of acorns. The official catering duties have now been taken up by Moustapha’s parents; Alia and Lukman (well, just Alia actually). Hopefully they’ll be migrating toward home cooked cuisine in the near future instead of all that unhealthy, chocolate stuff they keep supplying, but only time will tell.

At last, on to the match. The first of the new season and the boys looked “well sick” in their new kits, purchased as a result of their new sponsor, MultiFreight. A big, big thank you from all the parents.

The home side kicked off the first half, but the opening pressure came from the visitors with Alfie R and Muzzy making the keeper work hard. After the first couple of minutes Hadleigh got in to the game and confusion between defence and goalie led to a Hadleigh shot being fired over the bar. A minute later and Hadleigh had another shot at goal due to the Felixstowe defence backing off and giving the striker too much respect. The deadlock was eventually broken when the ball found its way from Jarvis to Luke on the left and his deep cross evaded the hands of the goalkeeper and sailed in to the goal. 0-1

The next few minutes saw the game played mainly in the middle of the pitch, with tackles flying in from both sets of players. However, with fifteen minutes on the clock Hadleigh played a long ball from the back which went past two Felixstowe defenders and an opposition player latched on to it. One on one with the keeper he neatly finished. 1-1

A couple of minutes after the restart Muzzy ran down the right wing and sent in a peach of a ball that was begging to be tucked away as it flashed across the six yard line; alas nobody was there to prod it home. Over the next few minutes Harvey had a shot that the keeper parried for a corner and Hadleigh had two attempts; one going wide and the other saved by Charlie. It was now end-to-end entertainment and a superb move saw Anthony, Luke and Harvey combine to set up a shot for Alfie R that he put just the wrong side of the post. In the twenty-fourth minute the boys once again took the lead. Thomas superbly stole the ball on the half-way line and passed in to Luke who in turn found Harvey who unleashed a shot that gave the goalie no chance. 1-2

However, the euphoria was short-lived, as a minute later the home side equalised. They broke quickly from their own half and some poor tackling let them have shot which although well saved, ended with the rebound being poked in. 2-2 and that’s how it remained for the rest of the half.

The second half started as a battle with both teams working hard, but the first goal went to Hadleigh. A ball was punted forward and the bounce beat a Felixstowe defender and the Hadleigh striker was on to it quickly and lobbed it over the advancing Charlie. 3-2

For a few minutes after the goal Felixstowe took control with Luke setting up Harvey for a shot and Joe earning a corner. Harvey took the corner and it went deep to the far post where Anthony was on hand to header in to net for the equaliser. 3-3

The home side were not overwhelmed and continued to create chances. Over a five minute period they had a volley go wide, a shot go over and saw their winger run fully forty yards unchallenged and also shoot wide. As well as these efforts they had a couple more saved well by Charlie. On forty-eight minutes the ball was crossed in by Harvey and Luke’s shot hit the bar and rebounded on to the ground and then in to the keepers arms. Did it cross the line? Without goal-line technology we’ll never know, but I think the officials got it right and the game continued. On fifty-two minutes Luke and Afie R combined superbly to create an easy tap in for Anthony and the visitors were once again in the lead.  3-4

Once again the euphoria was short-lived, as a minute later the home side equalised (sound familiar?) when one of their forwards made a run in to the penalty box and was brought down with the referee awarding a penalty. This was neatly despatched and the score was now 4-4.

Felixstowe continued to play with aggression and this was well channelled by Kyle as he beat two players and sent in a sweet cross which Harvey connected with but sent high and wide. At the other end, another long ball through the defence found our boys struggling for pace again. The Hadleigh strikers were all fast and one of them ran on to pass, rounded the keeper and made the score 5-4.

With five minutes to go Felixstowe went in search of the equaliser. Alfie R, Kyle and Harvey created a chance for Anthony, but his shot went skyward. From the goal kick Alfie R and Luke hassled their defenders and forced a mistake. The ball was played across the area and Harvey was on hand to whip the ball in the net. 5-5

The last few minutes saw both teams have half-chances to snatch a win. Hadleigh had a shot saved by the flying Charlie and at the other end Luke had a shot saved by the opposition keeper. The game ended a draw and both teams can take a lot of credit for putting on a great display for the paying public.

Finally, congratulations to Mrs. P. Ayres from the West Country, who won the close season football limerick competition. Lots of you entered, but this one entitled “tribute to Anton” was chosen by the judges as the best. Once again, well done Pam.

There was a young lad called Mustapha,

Who said he wanted to play for Rafa,

His mum said “oh Muzzy”,

“Your head’s gone all fuzzy”,

“be content with the twit as your gaffer”.

 

The future’s bright, it’s Red and White.

 

Below Pre-Season & Summer tournaments 2016

 

Updated Monday 4th July 2016

Below is the final (Final - If there is not another one) report of the 2015/16 season and I write on behalf of the coach Anton who thanks Steve for the absolutely brilliant job he has done over the season, informative, entertaining (wicked at times) and always written with the aim of putting a smile on both the boys and parents faces. I would also like to say a personal thanks to Steve, who always presents his copy as a finished article with very, very few adjustments needed, also to the photographer(s) who has (have) produced an excellent record of the season. It has certainly been a pleasure sorting this page out each week and I look forward to next seasons incoming report and pics. Thanks & well done.

Webmaster

 

Below is the Final, Final, maybe, perhaps, could be last match report!

Sutton Heath Tournament

3rd July, 2016

A late entry in to the Sutton Heath tournament and once again this was to be the last one of the season….probably.

On a fine day with the sun shining brightly, most of the squad set off early to get to the venue for around 9:30am. Alfie Rattle was due to be chauffeur driven to the stadium by Craig with a pick-up time arranged for 8:45am. I’m not sure what time he was actually collected, but I do know that the arrival time at pitch -side was past 10 o’clock. Me thinks Mr. Postie overslept a bit.

This competition was a simple format, six teams in the league, play each other once and the two top battle it out in the final. Once again people were impressed at how quickly Craige worked it all out. The first game was against local rivals Kirton and the boys got off to flyer by beating them 3-0. Gemma the bag lady seemed to be suffering from a hangover and never moved from her chair and the sunglasses remained firmly over her blood-shot eyes. Food was provided by Alia, who has now been officially appointed as club caterer. Baz tried to get in on the act, but having cold Cornish pasties just doesn’t cut it mate.

The second game pitted the lads against Kesgrave and they continued their winning ways with a 2-0 victory whilst playing some outstanding football. The third game against Sutton B saw the good football continue and they gave the opposition a right mauling and triumphed 6-0. For their fourth match the boys were to play Sutton A who were out for revenge after the previous scoreline. However, it was not to be and Felixstowe marched on with a convincing 2-0 win. By this time Gemma had been seen to move, only a nervous twitch, but this was the first sign of life for several hours.

The final divisional game was to be against Woodbridge and the boys went in to it knowing that they’d already qualified for the final. Perhaps they took their foot off the gas a bit and expected to coast it, but although they deserved a draw it ended with a 1-0 defeat.

The finalists were now known and as it turned out, F & W had to play Woodbridge again. The final match was a great spectacle and finished in a hard-fought, goalless draw. Extra time couldn’t split the sides, so it was down to a penalty shoot-out. After the first five penalties the teams still couldn’t be separated, but when it went to sudden death Felixstowe triumphed at the first attempt. Another trophy for the cabinet, medals for all and thoroughly deserved.

 

The final act of the day was waking Gemma and pouring her back in to the passenger seat.

The future’s bright, it’s Red and White

 

 

Ipswich Phoenix and Coplestone Tournament

Sunday 19th June 2016

Picture taken at previous tournament showing the sides togetherness

The last tournament of the season saw the boys travel a short distance to Westbourne Academy in Ipswich. The format was three groups of four teams, with the top team from each group qualifying for the semi-finals, together with the second-placed team with the best record. An unusual format and one that took Craig sometime to compute. The new gazebo had arrived and this was put up for the first time within just a matter of hours. It is available to rent from the team for a small donation which will go towards off-setting the cost. It should be quick to erect and will stay up for as long as you like; so this should be an attractive proposition to the ladies.

The group matches were seven minutes in duration and the first match was against Stanway Villa 3 who were beaten comfortably 2-0.  The second game, against Ipswich Exiles, produced the same score line and the lads were up and running and looking sharp. Game three against Coplestone Lions and the return fixture against Stanway both produced 0-0 draws and the pressure was on. The fifth match was the rematch against Exiles and once again the result was 2-0 in favour of F&W. Normal service had now been resumed and all hinged on the last match against Coplestone. To be sure of qualifying for the semis the team just needed to avoid defeat. This they managed to do by producing a solid display and a 1-0 win.

On to the semi-final against Stanway Villa 1 who also qualified top of their group. The match was to be played on pitch 1 which was significantly bigger than the others and the pitch that Stanway had already played six matches on. For the first few minutes F&W were on top, but then Stanway upped the tempo and battled a lot more and harder than our boys. This pressure eventually told and they took a 1-0 lead with about four minutes of the ten remaining. Our boys did their best to get level, but alas they left themselves exposed and conceded a second which is how the game finished.

All in all not a bad days work and a very good seasons work by all those involved, especially the players. Now we look forward to next season and playing nine a side football. 

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Whitton United Youth Festival

Sunday 12th June 2016

Last weekend the boys won the Chelmsford tournament and this weekend they kept up the good work by winning the Football Festival organised by Whitton United. They took most of the usual players, together with some new signings who were looking to make their mark. The format was league based; six teams, five matches, top the league to win the trophy. Simple enough even for Craig. After much confusion about start times and car parking, everyone eventually arrived together with a couple of additions. Firstly, one of the parents’ next door neighbours!!!!!! (get a life mate) and secondly Jemel. A nice enough guy, but like the queen he appears to carry no money, so spent the day free-loading Frubes, sweets, hot drinks and even KFC. Amazing to watch.

Staggeringly the first game didn’t end in the usual draw, in fact it was 2-0 win and the boys had got off to solid start. After an hours wait they played their second game which also ended in a win; this time 3-0. After another hours wait (you getting the message?) it was time for game three. This followed a similar pattern and the team finished the victors 2-0. The penultimate game and the boys knew a win would keep them in contention for the cup and they duly obliged with another two-zip success. And so to the final match of the tournament, avoid defeat and win a prize. In this game the boys all played superbly and rolled out worthy 5-0 winners. Job done and another trophy to add to the collection.

Although the lads have now won their last two tournaments, the most remarkable thing is that they have not conceded a single goal in all the eleven games that they’ve played. That’s as a result of having great defenders, a great goalie and an amazing reserve keeper. It’s easy to praise the goal scorers, but let’s take a moment to appreciate the defensive unit.

Finally, a quick word about the coach, Anton, who travelled to France to watch his beloved Albania play Switzerland. He was easily recognisable on the television, not because he had a special F&W and Albania flag, but because he was wearing a £1 bum bag and a cheap baseball cap which made him look like a stumpy Mr. Motivator. Any way, he enjoyed the game, the atmosphere and the experience, but for some reason still believes they’ll qualify for the knockout stages despite losing. One word…..deluded!!!!

The future’s bright, it’s Red and White

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Chelmsford City Youth Tournament

5th June 2016

 

The boys have once again been on their travels. This week playing on Sunday in the Chelmsford City Youth 9-a-side tournament. There were two groups of teams with the top two from each progressing to the semi-finals. The first match for our lads ended in a 0-0 draw and this was quickly followed by an emphatic 6-0 win. With confidence high, the boys continued to show good form and their next two matches finished with wins of 3-0 and 5-0. This set of results meant F&W finished top of their group.

With the sun blazing down and the temperature 25 degrees and rising, the side were still full of energy and emerged 1-0 victors over Buckhurst in their semi-final. In the final they met Chelmsford City and despite being physically drained, the boys dug deep and ran out worthy 1-0 winners.

A long day, an enjoyable day and a day full of emotion. It was fantastic for the boys, who finished the day as champions and didn’t even concede a goal.