Newmarket 1 Seasiders 4

Thurlow Nunn League

Premier Division

Saturday 10th February 2018

Report by Chris Ryan













It seems odd to me, but just two years ago we were playing a 38 game season and I don’t recall having any Saturday off, other than through cup competitions early in the season. Now we have a 46 game season and we find ourselves idle on two Saturday out of three in January & February and no home games throughout February!

A trip to the Bloor_IE stadium has become a popular one for the Seasiders with this result making it three wins on the trot, last year it was a hat trick from Craig Jennings and the season before the Jordy Matthews dancing show, scoring a couple of goals from what looked like impossible angles, with Craig having moved on and Jordan still out injured it needed someone else to step up to the plate and Joe Francis duly obliged.

Once again the Seasiders travelling supporters were out in force, making up at least half of the 120 or so hardy souls inside the ground at the start and make no mistake it means a great deal to the players to look around and see the red & white scarves and hats populating the ground.

The Seasiders recovered from an early set back to record a much needed win on a cold, wet and windy BLOOR_IE Stadium and over the 90 minutes the two sides dished up an entertaining high tempo game on the fast paced artificial surface, with the Jockeys taking the lead before quick fire goals from Joe Francis and Kye Ruel put the Seasiders ahead with less than 10 minutes on the clock. The hosts enjoyed plenty of possession but lacked a cutting edge, while the Seasiders showed good game management to claim the points with a second goal from Francis before the break and an own goal from the unfortunate Scott Paterson late in the game. 

In a match that was perhaps more even than the score-line suggests, the Jockeys started brightly and were ahead in the fifth minute following a free kick on the edge of the Felixstowe area, with Jamie Thurlbourne's strike curling inside Danny Crump’s far post. Four minutes later it was all square with Kye Ruel's cross from the left powerfully headed across Andy Archer by Joe Francis, and less than a minute later the compliment was returned, with Francis crossing for Ruel to head the Seasiders into the lead.

Both sides passed the ball to good effect on the true surface, with Crump saving efforts from Shaun Avis and Adam Dalby before the Seasiders extended their lead shortly before the interval. Sam Ford and Ruel linked well to set up Francis, who unleashed a left foot shot from 14 yards that flew past Archer to provide a two goal advantage for the visitors at the break. 

The game continued to flow in the second half with Crump in the visiting goal again saving from Avis at the expense of a corner, and the Jockey’s keeper producing the save of the day to turn away Nick Ingram's power header from Francis' cross. The points were confirmed five minutes from time when Taylor Hastings whipped in a fierce cross, and with Francis and Ingram closing in, Scott Paterson was first to the ball, deflecting it past the hapless Andy Archer into the home goal for Felixstowe's fourth.

Speaking to joint manager Ian Watson after the game he and Kevin were delighted with the players saying “Great reaction from the players after a disappointing couple of results. A good start for Newmarket, but our response was immense, two great balls in, first Kye Ruel to Joe Francis and then vice versa with two excellent headers putting us in front, the quality we know he has, as Franny glided across the pitch going past three players and stroking the ball home superbly.

Newmarket came after us in the second half, but all afternoon a fantastic defensive display by our back four and then Taylor with a great ball into the box forcing the error from the defender to make it four with the O.G. and of course great support once more.


On to Tuesday when we make the relatively short journey to Needham Market for our Suffolk Premier Cup game, hopefully we will see you all there to back the side against a team playing two steps higher in the Non-League Pyramid