Winning run continues for Athletic

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Capel Plough 1 Ipswich Athletic 2

IPSWICH Athletic kept their winning run going against Capel but it was not a convincing performance as they created numerous chances but only converted just two of them.

As for Capel, they did not have a shot on target in the first half, and only two or three in the second.

Mark Howard went close before Alan Ford's shot hit the top of the bar and it seemed to be only a matter of time before Ipswich Athletic would score, but the chances came and were wasted.

Mark Howard headed over the bar from four yards, but he made amends when he headed in Danny Taylor's corner.

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In the second half Taylor scored a fine goal with a shot from 18 yards. Mark Howard then hit the post.

Capel got a goal when Carl Holder scored with a free-kick. Just before the end, Nick Hunt saved Capel with a great save from Kevin May.

Bramford Utd 1 Stonham 2

ONCE again, Bramford's inability to convert simple chances let the opposition leave with all the points.

Bramford had started brightly and created two chances in the first three minutes, but neither of those were converted.

In Stonham's first attack, Bennett fired well wide of the post. In their next attack, Stonham took the lead through Brown when his lob, from fully 35 yards, flew over the head of keeper Leggett.

Minutes later Burman's excellent pass released Stewart, but he drove the ball into the side netting.

Brill then had a simple chance but shot straight at the keeper with the goal at his mercy.

Stonham then had a period of pressure, but didn't threaten to increase their lead and paid the price. A wonderful free-flowing move from Bramford saw Ditcham's superb cross powerfully headed home by Stewart for the Bramford equaliser.

Lawrence then had a chance but Lay was off his line to save.

Against the run of play, Stonham regained the lead when Moyes fired past Leggett after being left unmarked in the box.

Although Bramford pressed forward for the equaliser, they were unable to break down a stubborn Stonham defence.

East Bergholt 6 Leiston 1

AFTER scoring twelve goals in two games against high-placed rivals, East Bergholt faced a potential banana skin on Saturday when hosting bottom of the table Leiston St Margaret's.

The visitors seemed to be holding out easily until keeper Walker punched Vernau's free kick into his own net after fifteen minutes.

The hosts added a second within a minute when Williams' fine ball released M Jorgensen to cross for Turner to smash home from a tight angle.

After 55 minutes East Bergholt increased their lead, when Turner crossed for Wilcox to tap home.

Andrews had to save well again from Pilkington before his opposite number made his second blunder of the game. J Jorgensen launched a high ball into the St Margaret's penalty area with Walker confidently expecting to catch it. Unfortunately he misjudged the flight of the ball and it bounced off Powell's chest into the net.

Walker redeemed himself when he tipped Wilcox chip over the bar only to see the striker's next effort rebound off his body for Coles to slot home.

The home side were hoping to keep a clean sheet for the first time since their eight match undefeated league run started, only for Murphy to spoil that in the 89th minute when he chipped Andrews.

The home side had the final say when Ellis swept home in the last minute.

Westerfield 1 Stanton 1

THE game was marred by a bad injury to Westerfield's Ricky Drury who was taken to hospital with a suspected broken leg after just five minutes.

The home side had punished Stanton when a long ball from Markham found Sandilands in space and the striker fired home an angled shot in the third minute.

The visitors equalised in the 26th minute when Turner dived full length to head in a free-kick from Hazelton.

Westerfield played with far more conviction after the break and took the game to Stanton.

However, neither side were able to break the deadlock and Westerfield deserved their share of the points from their second-half display.

Achilles 4 Haughley 3

ACHILLIES, languishing at the wrong end of the table, took on an in-form Haughley and recorded a well-deserved victory.

However, the win was marred by a bad injury to Anderson, who up until that point had help create both the home team's goals. It was he who put a pass out wide to Barber who found Osbourn at the back post to head powerfully home.

Shortly after Anderson again rode through various tackles and shot at the keeper, who could only parry and Bell scored on the rebound.

But after 25 minutes Anderson collided with Noller and incurred a very nasty injury.

On the restart Haughley pulled a goal back through Lummis, who drilled a shot through a crowded box.

Achilles came back at the visitors and Bell scored just before the break.

Bell scored again to notch his hat-trick thanks to good work from Ransome.

Haughley pulled two late goals back from Powell and Lummis, the latter got his marching orders shortly after, for a second yellow card.

Ormes had a chance to level right at the death but Richards stood firm and Achillies held on for a well-deserved win.

Walsham 1 Grundisburgh 0

WALSHAM started brightly and with seven minutes gone Newman put the home side 1-0 up after a good build-up.

After 30 minutes Southgate struck the wall with a 35-yard free-kick. Mark Moye then had a weak shot straight at the keeper.

Minutes later Snell crossed a long ball to the far post for Squirrel but he headed wide.

On the half-time whistle Claxton fired over.

A 46th minute free-kick found J Moye whose header was just wide. Parker played a long ball to the far post for Partridge, who played it straight to the keeper.

Walsham created a number of chances in the second half, but were unable to add to the scoreline.

Melton 2 Cranes 0

MELTON St Audry's ran out clear winners resulting from two goals close on half-time.

The home side started with new signing William Moorford who soon made an impact causing the visiting defence numerous problems, but Cranes caused the first goal scare when Beecroft's effort whistled past the upright.

Out of nothing came Melton's first goal as Bixby stole the ball to give Chiverton a chance to score, however, he spotted Moorford in a better position and the debutante scored.

Chiverton's reward came within seconds as he was fouled in the box, quickly recovered and converted from the spot.

The home side resumed the second half and for lengthy periods peppered the Cranes goal with Roper making some excellent saves.

Cranes crept back into the game and had the upper hand for the last ten minutes. McKenna saving well from Beaumont and in the final minutes, King cleared off the line following another Beaumont effort.