Wanderers hit top gear in first half

LOCAL SOCCER: All the local soccer action from Tuesday night's Jewson League program.


Ipswich Wanderer 2 Clacton 1

IN front of a crowd of 103 Wanderers outplayed Clacton in an excellent first-half display.

It came as no surprise when the home side took the lead. Hetherington raced clear and was brought down by Catermole and from the resulting free-kick Hehir curled the ball into the net past Gould.

Wanderers doubled the lead on 36 minutes when Hetherington volleyed home.

The second half saw a much more even contest and nine minutes from time Clacton pulled a goal back when Goldfinch was adjudged to have fouled Howell and Burgess stroked home the penalty. Clacton's evening was compounded moments from time when Glyn Hepburn was sent off for a second bookable offence.

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Felixstowe 1 Cornard 2

IT was another frustrating night for the Seasiders as they again failed to find the finishing touch to their approach play.

The talented Darren Bethell was allowed to turn 25 yards out and his looping shot beat Charters, who was caught off his line, to give Cornard a third-minute lead.

Bethell added a second in the third minute of stoppage time as Cooke's free-kick was allowed to float across the Felixstowe & Walton area without being cleared for the Cornard striker to drill past Charters.

The home side played with much more purpose after the break. Fuller had an effort disallowed for offside before he finally reduced the deficit in the 89th minute, turning substitute Evans' intended shot past Moyes.

Ely City 0 AFC Sudbury 3

THREE first-half goals were enough to extend AFC Sudbury's unbeaten start to the season to seven matches.

AFC Sudbury went ahead after 20 minutes. Blackman headed Norfolk's free-kick over his own bar to concede a corner, from which Tracey at the near post powered a header past Banthorpe.

Ten minutes later, from another corner, Tracey flicked on Norfolk's kick for Bennett at the far post to slam the ball into the net.

Munns surged past two defenders to shoot inches wide before Norfolk chipped the ball over the home defence for Bennett to run on and easily beat Banthorpe for the third.

The second half was a somewhat drab affair, highlighted only by three superb saves by Banthorpe.

LAST season's Jewson League top scorer Sam Banya returned to AFC Sudbury yesterday. Banya, who left Sudbury in the summer for Maldon Town, hit seven goals in the first few weeks of the season at the Essex club but has left following the departure of assistant manager Mick Potter from Maldon.

Maldon 0 Woodbridge 0

CLEAR-CUT chances were few and far between in the opening half-hour of this game. Although Woodbridge threatened they put little pressure on Stanbridge in the Maldon goal.

In the final ten minutes of the half, Maldon came to life and Witney fired wide from a free-kick. Wilson, in the visitors' goal, did well to parry a Nicky Smith header.

Maldon looked certain to get a penalty when Witney was upended in the box after 55 minutes, but the referee waved away all appeals.

With the game moving into the final minutes, Witney sent a fierce volley narrowly over the bar.

At the death, a Maldon corner saw Goodacre head goalbound only to see his effort cleared as Woodbridge hung on for a point.

Hadleigh 0 Long Melford 3

HADLEIGH'S 100 per cent record was ended in convincing fashion at the Millfield by impressive Division One newcomers Long Melford.

Midway through the first half Hadleigh's Snell received a red card following a late tackle and from then on it was an uphill task for the home side.

The opening goal came after 54 minutes when Brind and Irvine combined down the right and Devereux scored at the far post from Irvine's cross.

Hadleigh had only nine men on the field following a face injury to Arnold when a left-wing cross by French was steered home by Hill for the second goal after 71 minutes.

The scoring was completed by Devereux from 20 yards in the last minute.