Late flurry earns win for Walsham

SIL SOCCER: All the top action from this weekend's round of matches in the SIL.

SIL SOCCER

Walsham-le-Willows 2 Melton 1

MELTON started brightly with Fryatt blasting a first-minute shot just over the bar. After 16 minutes a Melton free kick was fired into the Walsham wall.

Good chasing by Partridge found Musgrove whose shot was turned out for a throw in. J Moye's long throw found Harvey who fired just wide.

A right-wing cross from Melton was headed on by Dunnett and found Randall whose shot was turned out for a corner.

A Melton corner found Dunnett whose free header was just over. A through ball by Musgrove found Harvey who outpaced the Melton defence and had a shot well saved by McKenna. Musgrave delivered another good cross but Mark Moye was stretching and headed just over.

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The first attempt of the second half was after ten minutes when Garnham's shot from 25 yards was just wide.

After a short break for the referee to have a few words in various areas, Walsham then played some good football down the left but it came to nothing.

In the 83rd minute good control by Newman found Musgrove who gave the keeper no chance.

Four minutes later Musgrove found Harvey who finished as coolly as Musgrove had.

Watts replied for Melton with a header at the far post which lead to a hectic few minutes for both sides.

Stanton 2 Bramford 1

BRAMFORD forced most of the play early on, having five corners and countless long-range shots over the bar.

Stanton had one good chance when Portway put the ball through to Hubbard, but he could not keep his shot down.

Three minutes into the second half Bramford took the lead when Martin Stewart scored. Hard work by Turner resulted in a free kick for Stanton and Ross' shot was saved by the keeper.

A bad goal kick out was picked up by Ross and flicked to Bloomfield who put the ball away for Stanton.

With 15 minutes to go Foreman came on for Hubbard and Shave replaced Bloomfield. Danny Portway scored Stanton's second goal with a long-range wind-assisted free kick.

Leiston 0 Old Newton 1

SAINTS were first on the attack when a free kick was headed down by Hall and Ford volleyed over.

Saints were under pressure at the other end immediately afterwards, with Ager hitting the post.

Under-pressure Gibbons had to put the ball away for a corner then Saints left two players free at the far post and Ager side-footed the ball into the net to put Newton 1-0 up.

Saints were still pressing hard to get on terms but nothing seemed to go their way.

Westerfield 2 Capel Plough 0

THIS game hinged on a Bryan Gunn-type mis-kick by unfortunate Capel keeper Hunt in the 62nd minute when he raced out of goal to kick clear. The ball bobbled just at the right time for oncoming Westerfield striker Sandilands who went on to roll the ball in the empty net.

Up to that point the game had been fairly evenly contested with terrific saves from 16-year-old Westerfield keeper Turner who stopped point-blank from Albins and Hunt repeated this at the other end from Sandilands in a first half that lacked lustre.

Capel skipper Vince also missed the target from a great ball into space from Pat Tynan. Three minutes after the opening goal Sandilands struck again with a far-post header from Elden's cross. Westerfield lost Markam with a head injury but reorganised well at the back to go on to gain three valuable points and Sandilands should have finished with a hat trick but missed two further chances before the finish as Capel ran out of attacking ideas and got caught on the break.

Crane Sports 3 Haughley 2

A GOOD second-half performance from the home side earned them the points brining to an end Haughley's recent run of victories.

Little was seen of the home attack in the opening exchanges as Haughley controlled midfield going ahead in the sixth minute when a fierce drive from Noller rebounded off both uprights, the ball deflecting off a defender into the net.

The visitors lead was short lived as Cranes levelled straight from the restart across from Lummis finding Beecroft who's header was saved by the keeper the striker sweeping the rebound into the net. Haughley again went ahead in the 27th minute when a 30 yard low free-kick from Moggan beat the home defence to finish in the bottom corner of the net.

With their attack looking sharper Cranes levelled five minutes after the break with Sutton chipping the ball over defenders for Middlemiss to stroke the ball over the head of the keeper.

With the visiting defence continually losing possession of the ball Cranes went ahead in the 69th minute with Sutton heading home a Lummis cross. Haughley put pressure on the home side in the closing stages but were unable to beat a compact home defence well marshalled by Jones and Roberts.

Ipswich Athletic 2 Stonham 2

IPSWICH Athletic played poorly and only a great goal from 25 yards by Alan Mills deep into injury time gave them a point.

The first half was easy to forget, Ipswich Athletic had problems in trying to contain Steve Cumberbatch who was a constant threat to them. It was his pass which brought about their goal as Martin Bennett made no mistake.

A lot was expected from Ipswich Athletic in the second-half but they just could not put any pressure on the Stonham defence. However, they did equalise in the 69th minute when Alan Ford headed in Alan Mills' free-kick.

Gavin Brown scored for Stonham after 90 minutes then came Mills' equaliser in the fourth minute of injury time.

Woodbridge 2 East Bergholt 5

FOUR red cards, three in one incident, did not reflect the overall spirit in which this game played.

Boutelle and Calver missed three excellent opportunities in the first half to add to Athletic's lead given to them by Marvin Hall on 13 minutes.

Bergholt's experience showed in the second-half when goals from a turner volley after 47 minutes and Gedney's header after 49 gave the visitors the edge.

Three players were sent off after 65 minutes when Brook tackled Pratt who retaliated. Both players and Calver were given red cards.

Bergholt increased their lead through Gedney before Adam Smith scored directly from a corner for Athletic with plenty of space the visitors increased their goal tally with Howell and Chennery with 12 minutes added on the referee saw fit to give Athletic's Smith a red card for a foul on Howell.

Grundisburgh 1 Achilles 0

ON balance it was Achilles who created the better chances in this rather lacklustre game. The fact is that three glittering missed chances cost them dearly.

Grundisburgh's young striker, Tyree Bennett is gaining himself quite a reputation for scoring vital goals and he was at it again after 72 minutes, picking up a poor clearance before driving home a 15 yard right-footer past Richards.

The goal earned Grundisburgh the "double" over Keith Norton's side.

During the first half, Lowe for Achilles, ten yards out teed up a chance but fired wide then Capocci scuffed his shot inside the six yard box allowing Gaunt to recover on the line. Twice in a minute the ball bounced across the home side's goal with no one to apply the final touch.

Grundisburgh had Lockhart to thank for some sterling work at the back while in attack a great cross from Cotton should have brought Grundisburgh further riches.

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