Last-gasp penalty sinks Stow
SOCCER: A full round-up of Tuesday night's Jewson League action.
Clacton Town 2 Stowmarket Town 1
THIS match ended with heated exchanges after Clacton were given a late penalty.
It started very lively with Stowmarket creating the most chances. The first 10 minutes saw the visitors put Clacton under immense pressure and their movement off the ball was impressive.
However, Clacton slowly settled and managed to get a grip – and the rest of the first half was a battle between the two midfields.
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After continual early pressure Stowmarket opened the scoring after 11 minutes with a well-taken goal from Jopling. Clacton's heads dropped but with Williams leading by example the Seasiders slowly got back into the match.
In the 31st minute Clacton equalised after some great work from Brown who crossed a superb ball for Hillier to smash home.
Despite various opportunities for both Stowmarket and the Seasiders the game remained level until a controversial penalty in the 90th minute.
Brown again caused all sorts of problems in the Stowmarket defence and when Mark Barnard went to ground with his arms astray the linesman immediately gave a penalty.
A small fracas broke out, which was soon calmed down with Burgess scoring with a well-placed spot kick.
The game was then put on hold for five minutes as tempers once again flared with Burgess appearing to receive an elbow to the face. Subsequently Darren Barnard was shown the red card.
Clacton held out for the remaining one and a half minutes to pick up their first three points of the season.
Stowmarket manager Mel Aldis said it was a kick in the teeth. "Mark Barnard did not handle the ball and Clacton's Ian Brown apologised afterwards. The referee did not appear convinced but had to go along with his assistant. It was hard to take."
Harwich 0 Ipswich Wanderers 2
IPSWICH Wanderers were worthy winners of a game that they dominated throughout. Harwich's best efforts came from a couple of long-range shots from Heath but were confidently saved by Stannard in the Ipswich goal.
The visitors poured forward in numbers during the first half but we had to wait until the 45th minute for a goal and that was scored by Hehir.
Harwich started the second half with more application setting up a couple of early attacks but were almost caught on the counter on a few occasions. The home side brought on Kemp and Brothers for Chaplin and Lewis but went further behind in the 67th minute when Downes scored from close range.
Heath then had another shot saved before Wanderers turned up the heat towards the end carving our several chances that were either saved or narrowly off target.
AFC Sudbury 2 Tiptree United 0
THE Jewson League's last 100% record came to an end at Kingsmarsh last night when AFC Sudbury deservedly beat Tiptree – although they again left it late.
The breakthrough came when Claydon flicked the ball up in the penalty area only for a defender to be adjudged to have handled and Norfolk easily dispatched the penalty past Bavester.
Houghton grazed the bar as Tiptree looked to preserve their record but Claydon put the result beyond doubt when he ran onto Bennett's long pass out of defence to smash a fierce shot on the run past Bavester.
JEWSON FIRST DIVISION KO CUP
Needham Market 2 Hadleigh United 1 (aggregate 2-5)
THE home team went into this First Division KO Cup game looking to claw back four goals from the first leg at Hadleigh last week. Needham made a positive start when Marc Wake headed home after 10 minutes.
They then went close on a couple of more occasions before Lewis Broomfield levelled for Hadleigh with a neat finish.
Needham regained the lead again when skipper Dean Folkard shot powerfully home just before the break. In the second half Needham pressed to try to get the goals required but Hadleigh defensively battled away and stifled the home attack.