Anglian Combination Division Two
PUBLISHED: 07:20 30 August 2008 | UPDATED: 15:44 10 September 2010
NORWICH CEYMS 0, NORWICH ST JOHNS 2
With the increasing costs of running a club with three teams, and in the current climate of finding committed sponsors and people to run the teams Norwich St John's had to restructure the club withdrawing both reserve and A teams, the first team resume their efforts to join senior football as one of the oldest clubs in local football passionately watch over by the club president Tony Franklin ably assisted by life member Stephen Gibling, Jason Bush takes over as club secretary and assists new manager Gary Howe on match days. Stu Howard captains mostly last season's squad with the additions of M Ratcher, A Kay, D Cousins, T Bussens, G Carr and S Lemon returns to the squad after a cruciate ligament injury. Three friendlies were played against Long Stratton (won 3-2, LTuttle 2, D Gray), Attleborough (2-2, G Carr, A Kay), Marlingford (won 3-1, L Tuttle, M Ratcher, A Kay). The first game of the new season pitched us against last season's Division Three champions Norwich CEYMS. The game turned out to be an evenly contested match. The Saints missed a first half penalty but found the net through M Ratcher who made up for his first half penalty miss and L Tuttle sealed the three points although F Deeba had a dubious goal ruled out for offside. MoM: D Gray.
t BECCLES CAXTON 2, PORINGLAND 0
After a fine 3-0 away win at Wortwell seven days ago, Poringland were forced into making changes due to unavailability, however the mood in the dressing-room was positive.
Caxton started well, without really creating too many clear-cut chances. The game wasn't lacking in its physical aspect with both sides very committed. Poringland were asked to play the ball on the ground but never came to grips with that throughout the game, due to good play by Caxton and a lack of awareness, movement and the inability to pass from A to B by Poringland.
Caxton took the lead when a well struck free-kick, 25-yards out, looked comfortable for keeper Larkins to handle. However he could only push the ball into his own net. Play was basically scrappy but Poringland had a glorious chance to equalise when Cogman was put through by Stevenson but failed to beat the home keeper. Half-time 0-1 (Caxton)
Poringland were once again asked to try and play football in areas that might hurt the opposition and their performance in the second half was slightly better. The home side still had the upper hand for the first 15-20 minutes and had opportunities to increase their lead. Poringland to their credit put pressure on the home team for the final 20 minutes or so by playing three and at times four up front in search of the equaliser, but too many final balls were squandered and the home keeper wasn't tested.
Caxton increased their lead on 90 minutes for a thoroughly deserved victory against, on the night, a very ordinary looking, lack lustre Poringland side.
MoM: Matt Elwin (committed for 90 minutes).