Reserves Match Reports 2016/17

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Thurlow Nunn Reserve League

Saturday 4th February 2017

Seasiders 6 Cornard United 0

Due to various circumstances I was unable to go with the first team on Saturday and it allowed me the rare chance to have a look at the reserves in action for only the second time this season, and I seemed to have picked the right game to watch.

The result was a nice comfortable one for the side now under the guidance of Aren Howell & Gareth Nolan with a host of new names (to me) in the line-up/squad, most of whom are eligible or are part of the under 18 set up as well.

Aren’s view being that he can get young players into the system, give them experience, all with a view to making progress through the ranks and start knocking on the first team door. Indeed, Kyle Birchfield has been elevated to the first team squad this season while Jack Mappleback was away with the first team at Fakenham where he made an appearance in the second half.

With the rolling subs rule also a part of the reserve league as well as the under 18’s this season, it meant that naming 17 players also meant they all had a chance to take part in the game and while it is always nice to win matches the objective seems to be development. There was some experience in the side none more so than Karl Knights, rolling back the years, a steadying voice at the back for the youngsters and Jamie Lewis who has scored 13 times in his 15 appearances to date.

As I mentioned the game itself was a fairly comfortable victory as the scoreline suggests but that is not being dismissive of the opposition who tried to play football and put together some decent moves, but lacked the quality or ‘luck even’ in front of goal, and when they did find a way through they found Ryan Garnham in good form between the sticks, Ryan’s father Dean graced the Seasiders a couple of decades ago and was a firm favourite at the ‘then’ Town Ground during his spell as a Seasider. Ryan certainly looks to have the right attributes to follow in his father’s footsteps & make the step up to senior football.

The goals came at regular intervals with Jamie Lewis twice scoring from the penalty spot, Jordan Crane, who impressed up front with his low centre of gravity and ability to change direction quickly, especially with his first goal as he broke away and with one look up, raced into the Cornard area and finished with a thumping shot past Chris Royston in the visitor’s goal. He added a second later in the game with the other goals coming from Jordan Woodley & Dan Poxon.

Everyone played well and there was a welcome return for Dan Horton who has had a couple of seasons at Woodbridge Town joining the game in the second half from the sub’s bench.

An afternoon well spent with a side well worth a look!

Seasiders: Ryan Garnham, Lewis Hutchings, Lewis Bolsover, Lee Burns, Karl Knights, Joe Allum, Ryan Sparrow, Shane Forbes, Jordan Crane, Jordan Woodley, Jamie Lewis, Dan Horton, Jake Debenham, Ben Laflin, Dan Poxon, Michael Velzian.

Cornard: Chris Coyston, Scott Davis, Stuart Bryant, Liam Poore, Zac Smith, Jordan Melia, Jordan Bailey, Kieran Smith, Jake Ashley, Ryan Carter, Max Foley, Ashly Barnes, Ben Smith, Darren Tuler, Ben Sparkes, Ashley Rollin.

Referee: Mark Potkins

Att: 27


Saturday 23rd July 2016

Seasiders 3 Romford 0

With the Senior side having recorded a fine win half an hour earlier the reserves were looking to put the midweek defeat well behind them and look to record at least a decent performance if not a win.

In the end they achieved both objectives, loking far more balanced than against Halstead with the younger element in the side well protected and encouraged by the more experienced players. Indeed four of the side that ended the senior game were in the starting line-up for this match while Romford fielded 11 players who were part of the single squad the club have with no actual reserve side.

It was a pretty even opening half to the game with the Seasiders looking well organised with Stuart Ainsley the dominant player on the pitch, giving out plenty of encouragement to the youngsters as he used the game to gain match fitness.

It looked as though the sides would go in all square until Connor Field ended a good build up with a clinical finish to give the home side the edge, Field was another of the players who had ended the first game on the field and again it was vital minutes in a game situation for the youngster.

Having grabbed the lead with almost the final kick of the half the reserves never looked likely to relinquish the advantage and when Joe Allum hit a 30yard screamer that flew into the top corner to double the score in the 75th minute it was game over.

Farron Leggett-Gage added a third in the closing minutes to give the match perhaps a slightly lob-sided view of the 90 minutes, although I don’t think there was any argument about the actual result, it did prove an excellent work out for what is a very young side and should give them great encouragement for the season ahead.

Seasiders: Hall, Hewitt (Allum), Crowe, Ainsley (Linard), Ivan, Wiggins, West, Fowler, Collins, Driver, Field (Leggett-Gage)

Romford: Wray, Jack, Barry, Potter, James, McFarlane, Hussain, Goldstone, Taylor, Dingle, Holloway,