Sunday, 27 November 2016

Up the slope

Sunday 27 November 2016, Cray Valley (PM) 1 Tunbridge Wells 0 - Kent Reliance Senior Trophy, 2nd Round, Badgers Sports Ground

South of the Thames for some Sunday football and a ground that I visited last season only for the game to suffer a late call off. 118 in the crowd so playing on a Sunday certainly pulled a few extra fans in - plus a load of groundhoppers. First thing I noticed was how well organised and friendly Cray Valley are- willing to chat, nice clubhouse and plentiful supply of colour teamsheets.

After leaving the clubhouse the next thing was the slope - very noticeable and did wonder if it would make a big differnce in how the football was played by each side in each half.

Cray were the better team but Tunbridge were certainly dangerous on the break trouble for all the good football by mainly the younger players on each side that was wasted by more senior players whos pent most of the game arguing with the Ref who quickly filled up his little black book with many of their names.

Some of the senior players also seemed to be lacking in both skill and fitness- but all in all it was a good cup game but as it started to get colder, I for one was happy that extra time and penalties were not needed.

Saturday, 26 November 2016

What a difference a week makes

Saturday 26 November 2016, Ipswich Town 3 QPR 0 - Championship, Portman Road

Reg Varney on the programme cover then  later on the scoresheet - maybe even the man of the match!

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

East coast cup game

Tuesday 22 November 2016, Feleixstowe & Walton Utd 2 Lowestoft Town 3 - Suffolk Premier Cup, quarter final, Dellwood Avenue

Cracking game that the home side were unlucky to lose - hard to see that there is meant to be a two division difference between these two sides.

At last a win

Monday 21 November 2016, Ipswich Town Under 23s 4 Crystal Palace Under 23s 3 - Professional Development League, Playford Rd training ground

Not often we see any Town side win these days.

Saturday, 19 November 2016

Will it get better?

Saturday 19 November 2016, Ipswich Town 0 Nottingham Forest 2 - Championship, Portman Road

Not a great day for the Town!

Village glory

Saturday 19 November 2016, Bramford United 3 Coplestonians 2 - Suffolk Senior Cup, 3rd Round, Acton Rd Playing field

Closest village to Ipswich, and a nice place to catch some football - a full bar (plus hot drinks available) in the club house plus a fully railed pitch and dug outs.

Now into the last 8, will get Bramford one of the Thurlow Nunn sides in the quarter final? I certainly will be hoping they now make it all the way to Portman Road for the final.

No cup glory for the Castlemen

Friday 18 November 2016, Framlingham Town 0 Woodbridge Town  2 - Suffolk Senior Cup, 3rd Round,  Badingham Road

A very cold night but a big crowd out for the East Suffolk derby. Two young teams but Woodbridge just had slightly more experience and that showed as after taking a 2-0 lead they were able to take it easy in the second half without really ever feeling that they were going to lose.