Athletic shoot themselves in the foot

SOCCER: Walsham le Willows 4 Ipswich Athletic 0. Athletic manager Jimmy Marjoram will be experiencing much the same feelings as George Burley after his side had committed a series of defensive howlers that presented Walsham an easy passage to the final of the Omnico Cup.

Walsham le Willows 4 Ipswich Athletic 0

Athletic manager Jimmy Marjoram will be experiencing much the same feelings as George Burley after his side had committed a series of defensive howlers that presented Walsham an easy passage to the final of the Omnico Cup.

The strong winds at Grundisburgh made good football difficult throughout, but for the first 34 minutes it was nip and tuck. Athletic were first to create a chance of note on eight minutes, Mills cleverly changing feet before crashing a left-footer that brought the best out of the diving Mustoe.

Walsham replied with a delightful chip from Partridge that Johns, off his line, could only watch drop inches over his crossbar.

Wallis was high with a free kick from Walsham before Ford, then Etti saw efforts go agonisingly close to the Walsham goal.

Walsham took the lead on 34 minutes when Mayhew headed home a long cross from Wallis on the six-yard line, with not a defender in sight and the keeper rooted to his line.

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Four minutes later, more trouble for Athletic when Johns fluffed his clearance straight to Smith who knocked the ball back passed a hesitating keeper, then ran on to turn the ball over the line.

Walsham should have increased their lead on 47 minutes from a penalty awarded for hands, but Musgrove's shot was blocked by Johns.

After 51 minutes Athletic again failed to defend a right-wing corner from Wallis inside their six-yard box, allowing Moyes to rocket home a close-range header.

Athletic heads were down now and it was Moyes on 61 minutes who scored with a long-range ground shot that should have been saved.

Home and dry, Walsham easily played out time with thoughts probably on a stiff league run-in over the next three weeks.

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