Omnico Cup scare for Bergholt

SOCCER: Dennington 1 East Bergholt 2: Dennington, from SIL Division Four, more than matched their senior opponents in this Omnico Cup tie and with a little bit of luck and better finishing they could have been in the quarter final draw.

Dennington 1 East Bergholt 2

DENNINGTON, from SIL Division Four, more than matched their senior opponents in this Omnico Cup tie and with a little bit of luck and better finishing they could have been in the quarter final draw.

Bergholt had the better of the first half and could have opened the scoring when Gedny hit the post after a nice flick from Coles.

Dennington's attempts in this half were limited too long shots from Clow following massive goalkicks from Lambert

At times Bergholt were guilty of over playing but on 20 minutes Pratt was released to hit the post from 12 yards. Moments later the visitors took the lead when Coles rose at the far post to head home Jorgensen's cross.

The second period started with Dennington changing their style and for the early part of the half they dominated and were unlucky not to equalise.

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In the 50th minute Clow burst forward and crossed for Shemmings to shoot from six yards only for Andrews' foot and the post to keep the ball out. Smith followed up but his shot smashed onto the bar.

Shemmings then turned provider with a lovely ball to Clow but the number 10 failed to hit the target again. Clow and substitute Brown-Powell had further chances to score following good work by McLatchie and Smith.

Bergholt seemed to have withstood all Dennington's best efforts and on 70 minutes had two good chances to increase their lead. Howell shot wide and then Gedny bore down on goal after beating the offside trap only for Lambert to save his low shot.

The home side took their stroke of good fortune and immediately broke to the other end to equalise, Smith crossing for Clow to sweep home from six yards.

To their credit Bergholt fought back and regained the lead five minutes later when Jorgensen crossed for Gedny to nod down to Turner who scored at his second attempt.

Bergholt were relieved to win and whilst Dennington finally lost their 100 per cent record this season they should be justifiably proud of their performance.

Achilles 3 Woodbridge Athletic 2

DESPITE perfect conditions play was scrappy with both defences on top for much of the game.

Woodbridge enjoyed the balance of play in the first half, going ahead in the 36th minute when Radner headed home a free kick from Bennett.

Achilles' best chance fell to Coote whose close range shot struck the body of a defender and Barber ran clear to volley wide from inside the box.

The home side levelled in the 56th minute, Reeder feeding Barber whose low cross was slotted home by Coote.

Woodbridge broke out of defence to go ahead in the 78th minute. Calver netted from the spot following a hand ball offence by Richards. Achilles equalised in the 85th minute when Childs outjumped defenders to head home a corner kick from Grimwood.

The central defender again repeated his goalscoring act two minutes later when his powerful header gave the keeper no chance.

Brantham 3 Westerfield 0

FIRST Division Westerfield took the game to their senior opponents from the first whistle, but were unable to make any headway against a hard working defence.

Brantham took the lead from a corner when Gorham was allowed all the room in the world to head home. A minute later, Brantham should have increased their lead when Frost was put clean through but shot straight at the goalkeeper.

Westerfield's first real chance came after 15 minutes when, after some good approach work by Osborne, the ball was played through to Russell but he hurried his shot and the ball skimmed the bar.

Both sides started to push men forward in the second half but it was a game of stop and go football. Within five minutes of the restart Westerfield keeper Howes bravely went down for a ball but was injured in the process and the game was held up while he received attention.

Ten minutes into the half Garcia for Brantham broke clean through with the Westefield side waiting for a free kick, which never materialised. Garcia hurried his shot which was well taken by the hobbling keeper. A minute later, there was a clash of heads and Smith of Westerfield was carried off.

Five minutes later, the game was brought to an abrupt halt when Gary Russell was injured in a hard tackle and the player suffered a broken leg. After an hour delay for treatment of the player, the game restarted under floodlights.

Liffin was unlucky when his first time shot was parried by Crane. Brantham went two up when, after some very good work down the wings by Burrows, the ball was fed through to Frost who made no mistake from an acute angle.

Brantham made sure of the win with a third goal when the ball was played into the area and Frost was left unmarked to score.

Old Newton 4, Coplestonians 0

OLD Newton never allowed their Division One opponents time to settle, producing a solid strong running performance.

Defender Ager's near-post header opened the scoring after 23 minutes and Cops then came more into the game. Richards made it 2-0 before the half-time whistle.

Cops pushed on at the beginning of the second half and Allen's free kick struck a post only to bounce straight back into keeper Lambert's hands.

Paternoster's 30-yarder brought the best out of Lambert but his opposing number Gaugh and his defence, were overworked throughout the game.

Richards stabbed in a third goal midway through the second half, followed by a corker by Denny. His angled drive flashed in off the far post to set up an interesting game from the winners of the Stonham Aspal v Ipswich Exiles, which was postponed on the day.

The quarter-final draw is: Achilles v Ipswich Athletic, Brantham v Walsham-le Willows, Old Newton v Stonham Aspal or Ipswich Exiles, Stanton v East Bergholt. Matches to be played on Feb 23.

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