Bergholt earn quick-fire double

SIL SOCCER: A round of all the weekend's top SIL soccer action.


East Bergholt 4 Bramford 0

WHILE both teams were languishing in the bottom half of the table East Bergholt were looking to double their visitors after beating them 1-0 in the opening week.

The home side started well and it was a surprise that it took them until half an hour to take the lead - Vernau sending over a deep corner for Pratt to head back across goal where Coles blasted home.

Gedny and Turner both wasted good chances when getting clear of the visitors defence as Bergholt continued to dominate. Five minutes into the second half they increased their lead.

Powell and Gedny combined superbly for Gedny to free Coles who made no mistake - lifting the ball over Leggett's despairing dive from just inside the area.

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Bramford did get into the game for a short period with Burman's rasping drive from 20 yards grazing the crossbar and Hall having to make his first save from Bird's close-range shot.

However Bergholt were playing some of their best football of the season with Powell's delivery into the box causing havoc.

After 75 minutes the home side increased their lead when Powell broke into the box and turned Vale inside out before firing home from 15 yards.

Bramford's fate was sealed in the last ten minutes when their defence dwelt to allow Powell to keep the ball in play. His cross was met by Gedny and while Leggett saved he could do nothing as Coles smashed in the rebound to claim his hat trick.

So Bergholt secured their quick-fire double and if they can continue in this form a leap up the table is guaranteed.

Old Newton 3 Westerfield 0

OLD Newton, fresh from their win over Walsham, generally looked to have too much in their tank for a busy but rather light-weight Wester- field.

The presence of their big striker Clarke, whose goals either side of half-time, provided the key to a comfortable home victory.

Westerfield enjoyed early superiority with Osborne close with a header, but the Swans threat soon faded.

Clarke twice wide with two headers, put the home side ahead on 28 minutes, cashing in on a defensive slip before neatly chipping over the keeper from the end of the box.

Pulling wide left on 53 minutes, it was Clarke again, cutting in strongly to hammer home a 15-yarder into the bottom corner.

Forsythe made great saves from Bloom and Richards before being beaten again by a Zarkos penalty on 77 minutes.

In the dying moments, the woodwork kept out a fine effort from Ager.

Stonham Aspel 0 Grundisburgh 2

THE first half produced no goals, with a few opportunities being missed with Grundisburgh squandering the majority of the chances.

The second half started with Grundisburgh in a more dominant mood, hitting the bar early on.

But the Stonham defence held out until the 65th minute when after gaining six corners in quick succession, Squirrell headed Grundisburgh in front.

One minute later, Bennett added the second when a long shot, caught keeper Lay off his line.

Stonham through Moye and G Brown had a few half chances, but with Grundisburgh in dominant control with other missed chances, they gained a comfortable win.

Crane Sports 1 Woodbridge Athletic 1

WOODBRIDGE Athletic dropped their first points of the season.

After 13 minutes a weak effort by Beecroft was saved by the visitors' keeper. On 20 minutes, a fine run by Troy Paul resulted in D Sutton having a shot charged down by the visitors' defence.

After 32 minutes, Calver's fine header sailed just over the Crane's bar and in the 36th minute a Beecroft chip from the edge of the box hit the Woodbridge bar and was scrambled away.

Woodbridge then produced a great move only for Broadley to miss from close in.

In the 55th minute a fine run by T Paul ended with M Clarke shooting just wide. Crane took the lead in the 65th minute when a great free-kick from Jones was met at the back post by Clarke.

A period of pressure from Woodbridge resulted in a series of corner which came to nothing. Woodbridge equalised in the 76yth minute when a cross from Bouttelle looped in via the far post.

A header from Sutton forced a great save from Dixon. In the 85th minute, M Hall missed from close-in for the visitors. Woodbridge finished the stronger but understrength Cranes held on to their point.

Haughley 3 Stanton 1

IN this local derby Haughley recorded their first win of the season over a Stanton team who failed to show the form which has taken them to second place in the league table.

Stanton will reflect on an early chance which could have altered the course of the game when a shot from Turner struck the home upright with keeper Clarke off his line.

Visiting keeper Mustoe was constantly in action making numerous saves from a rampant home attack.

With a shot from Finch rocking the visitors upright with the keeper grounded.

The pairing of veteran Vincent and Grover in the home defence gave the visitors' attacks few scoring opportunities - Hubbard missing a chance when keeper Clarke dived at his feet to save.

Haughley went ahead on the half hour, a low cross from Bennett being tapped home by Grover. They added a second in the 35th minute when Mustoe failed to hold a Grover free-kick with Finch netting from close range.

The second half followed the pattern of the first with Stanton failing to raise their game allowing to Haughley to increase their lead in the 75th minute with Lummis volleying home a cross from Finch.

Stanton scored a consolation goal in the 80th minute when a well-struck 30-yard volley from Bloomfield beat keeper Clarke.

Achilles 1 Walsham 4

LEAGUE champions Walsham started brightly but it was the home side that showed first when Symonds tested the visitors keeper Anderson with a long dipping volley from 35 yards.

Walsham pressure finally told on 20 minutes when a goal from Newman put them ahead.

This came shortly after player/manager Smith was forced to leave the field with an injury five minutes earlier.

A re-shuffle saw Newman pushed forward in a striking role alongside the experienced Nigel Wallis who was a thorn in Achilles side throughout.

Walsham's 1-0 half time lead was troubled in the opening minutes of the second period.

Mark Moye headed in the second goal in the 49th minute when an Achilles clearance from a corner was quickly returned into the danger area.

Three minutes later Musgrove scored a third when he drove across goal from the left and the ball went in just inside the far post past unfortunate keeper Grant Richards.

Achilles fought hard to get back into the game but Musgrove made it four in the 62nd minute when he guided in a neat ball set back by Ross.

Walsham went close to a nap hand on several occasions but Achilles to their credit finished strongly and Taylor scored a deserved consolation six minutes from time.

Ipswich Athletic 7 Leiston St Margarets 0

LEISTON St Margarets ran into an Athletic side bristling with goalscorers on top form.

Saints had a bright opening spell although keeper Walker was constantly in the action.

Two Athletic goals in a ten minute spell through Beddoes and Ford split the two sides at half time.

In a fast and furious paced second half Saints missed two great chances before Howard converted the first of his two penalties.

Two excellent goals with a Brame overhead kick and a Gammell flying header with celebrations to match extended the score.

Final goal from the busy Harrold was a crisp low drive beating Walker at the near post.

But if it hadn' been for Walker the score could have easily been in double figures.