IES are caught dozing

HOCKEY: Ipswich East Suffolk 1 Chelmsford II 4A GOAL of stunning elegance and simplicity is all that Ipswich East Suffolk will want to remember from this debacle.

By Martin White

Ipswich East Suffolk 1 Chelmsford II 4

A GOAL of stunning elegance and simplicity is all that Ipswich East Suffolk will want to remember from this debacle.

With Chelmsford seconds having taken the lead three minutes after the interval, IES suddenly woke up from what up until then had been a largely dozy performance.

Matt Walker picked the ball up around the halfway line and drifted past two players before releasing Danny Mayhew.

His fellow midfielder immediately picked out Gavin Cole on the right and a diving Will Fulker swept in his reverse stick pass from close range.

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It was a moment to savour, but sadly it was all that IES can cling to from a poor display which lacked passion, flair, inventiveness and the will to win.

Rarely was Chelmsford keeper Carl Wright troubled, while at the other end Charlie Farrow produced heroics to keep the score down.

While the first half was fairly even in terms of possession, the second half was mainly one-way traffic towards the IES goal with Shuhel Malique a constant thorn in their side.

Three minutes after the interval, he hounded the left side of the home defence before sliding over a pass which Chris Wilson dispatched with ease.

Within four minutes, IES had put together the best move of the game to equalise but instead of acting as a wake-up call it merely served to put them back to sleep.

Malique's continuing persistence ended with Phil Gode putting Chelmsford ahead after 45 minutes as the defence stood off him and although the visitors were reduced to ten men for a while after Nick Gilion's unwise remarks, IES failed to make the numerical advantage count.

With Gilion back on, IES fell further behind when Wilson hammered home their 11th short corner and from the next such routine Dave Kitchener lifted the rebound over Farrow.

IES were well and truly beaten by a side who worked hard for each other, while the Rushmere-based side need to show more grit and determination if they want to avoid another relegation battle in Premier Division A of the Printwize East League.

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