Walsham move closer to title win

SIL SOCCER: Walsham-le-Willows 6 Stonham Aspel 0. Walsham warmed up for their crunch game at Haughley tomorrow with a convincing victory over a Stonham side that could still be relegatged.

Walsham-le-Willows 6 Stonham Aspel 0

WALSHAM warmed up for their crunch game at Haughley tomorrow with a convincing victory over a Stonham side that could still be relegatged.

Most of the early play was confined to midfield on a dry pitch in windy conditions.

Walsham, however, had the upper hand although Bennett of Stonham had the first shot.

As play became scrappy Wallis of Walsham was booked for dissent.

The game livened up in the 35th minute when Walsham earned a free-kick ten yards outside the area. Paul Musgrove's free-kick was deflected off the wall and brilliantly saved by Lay. But Smith reacted well to score.

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Walsham continued to press and Partridge's corner was hit deep for Mark Moye to head back for Musgrove to cross into the box where Moye headed home at the far post.

The second half continued in much the same vein as the first, with Walsham doing most of the attacking.

A bad mistake by James allowed Moye of Stonham a run at goal, but his shot was wide.

Walsham earned a corner and Partridge's kick was missed by the Stonham defence allowing Wallis plenty of time to hit it home.

A great cross by Musgrove was acrobatically kicked over his head by Partridge, but Lay saved easily. Excellent football from Keeble and Crane set up Moye who crossed for player manager Smith to head home the fourth goal.

A chapter of errors in the Stonham defence again let in Wallis to score the fifth. Right at the end a long ball over the top found Wallis who took his time before completing his hat trick.

After losing to Grundisburgh in midweek this win, and Grundisburgh's draw against Melton St Audry's has given Walsham a boost.

Victory tomorrow will all but assure them their first championship.

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