ESSEX & SUFFOLK BORDER FOOTBALL LEAGUE
DEDHAM OLD BOYS: 2 BARNSTON AFC: 1
Date: Saturday 26th August 2017. Venue: The Drift, Dedham
Dedham Old Boys have just returned to the Premier Division after an absence of several years, this following their successful campaign last season when under the management of Paul Ketley, they finished champions of Division One. Barnston AFC on the other hand had effectively finished bottom of the Premier Division but with four teams having fallen by the wayside during the season they had a stay of execution, this season under the management of Neil Bell, formerly at Braintree Town, a very much new look team has been assembled with both Managers rueing the fact they had players missing for a number of reasons.
The match officials today were Richard Baker who was assisted by Connor Hodgkins and Rhys Collins and generally they had an easy game, a couple of cautions correctly administered, two nailed on penalties, one scored one missed and any dissent curtailed effectively.
On a hot and humid afternoon it was Barnston who kicked off and an early chance was created when a long ball forward from Bennett was flicked on by defender Welham into the path of Buckland who volleyed just over the cross-bar with home keeper Graham struggling. A free-kick taken left-footed by Alston found the head of Welham whose header was up and over the cross-bar and for the first ten minutes there was no clear pattern of play, that said it was Dedham who took the lead when Peat won the ball inside his own half finding Halsey wide on the right wing and from his cross CALLUM KNIGHTBRIDGE side-footed home from six-yards out. Halsey tested keeper Bennett again soon after with another cross that the keeper firstly punched and after two bounces collected as Knightbridge closed in. On twelve minutes the first of two penalties, Knightbridge controlled a pass from Golding, turning inside both Hayward and Clayden who was adjudged to have fouled the forward to receive a caution and up-stepped Moseley who hammered the ball, over the cross-bar! Barnston replied with a ricocheted shot from Stevens off keeper Graham with Golding completing the clearance and the visitors continued to look to get back in this game.
Clayden found Buckland on the left side and from his pass Heap was denied by a block challenge from Peat then a free-kick taken by Burgess forced Graham to punch clear and Dedham had their chance when Alston started a move with Moseley, whose through ball found Halsey with keeper Bennett advancing outside his penalty area. The keeper only managed to parry the ball to Dawood who momentarily waited for the ball to become stationary which allowed two defenders to get back and clear and Dawood had the next chance but his curling right footed effort narrowly bounced past the right hand upright. Much of the game was in midfield, Dawood and Moseley set up Welham inside the penalty area but defender Easter shielded the ball out for a goal-kick, and on twenty-five minutes Halsey was caught off-side from an Alston pass. A long range effort from Heap flew over the cross-bar, his team had battled effectively to stay in the game and keep the score at just the one conceded goal. However, just after the half-hour mark Dedham increased their lead when the Barnston defence had three opportunities to clear a ball from Halsey, failed to do so and allowed TRISTAN MOSELEY to waltz past three defenders inside the penalty area to comfortably beat Bennett.
Barnston replaced defender Byrne with Scarr and his first action was to foul Welham, Moseley took the free-kick and Bennett clutched the high ball just under his cross-bar with Peat and Dorset challenging with Stevens who was injured allowing a break in play during which the players took the opportunity take on some liquid. Upon the restart Clayden found Scarr wide on the left side and after riding two tackles his final shot was weak but Barnston continued to look for a goal and get back in the game. Referee Baker played a good advantage when Barnston worked the ball forward again this time Clayden forcing his way forward between a combined challenge from Peat and Welham to find Heap but his first time effort was blocked by Mason. With five minutes to half-time a free-kick taken by Buckland wide on the left side saw Peat head the ball away as far as Burgess who blasted the ball well wide and Scarr ran at the home defence with Peat blocking his progress and we reached half-time with Dedham two goals in front.
HALF-TIME: 2 – 0
Right, the second half is underway with Dedham immediately losing the ball to Hayward who set up Heap but the shot was well wide, then Scarr was caught off-side from Hayward left footed pass whilst Heap chased down a loose ball to win a corner off Golding, unfortunately Scarr over-hit the corner which went out for a throw-in! Dedham stirred themselves through Moseley who embarked on a long run down the right side before cutting and shooting forcing Bennett to parry the ball out to Knightbridge whose first time effort was blocked just as the rebound was from Peat. Cooper won a corner off Golding on the right side and five minutes into the half Buckland was dumped on the ground when trying to get onto a flicked header from Dorset, a penalty was awarded, the shout was more impressive than the foul but JAKE BUCKLAND fairly hammered home the spot-kick and this was no less reward for Barnston who had raised their game. When Moseley fouled Clayden, play was brought back with Burgess driving a rising free-kick just wide from twenty-five yards out.
Ten minutes into the second half and Dedham missed a glorious opportunity, Moseley latched onto a forward ball from Smith and when his driven cross eluded everyone inside the six-yard box, Knightbridge skied, the ball over the cross-bar. Dedham kept up some home pressure with Knightbridge and Welham forcing a corner but the left-footed delivery from Alston flew straight into the side netting. Another home corner, this time taken by Halsey was met by the head of Knightbridge but struck the cross-bar and bounced out to safety and really Dedham should be out of sight by now. Scarr, for Barnston had used his pace to get forward on numerous occasions and cause a nuisance leading to a free-kick conceded by Welham with the free-kick essentially wasted as it failed to clear the defensive wall. On the hour mark another run by Cooper across the width of the penalty area led to a throw-in off Peat, back defending then Scarr lost the ball deep inside the Dedham half and chased fully fifty yards to make a fine tackle at the other end to regain possession.
Moseley was adjudged to be offside from a forward pass from Alston, much to the derision of the home supporters at the clubhouse end, then Halsey found Moseley but Easter made a fine challenge to dispossess the home skipper. With twenty five minutes remaining Dedham replaced Alston with Marney and Barnston replaced Cooper with Liddiatt and a free-kick from Dawood was hit long with defender Golding just managing to turn the ball back into play but to a Barnston player who pushed forward through Hayward to Scarr whose excellent cross was gathered by keeper, Graham, who had not really been troubled thus far. Hayward for Barnston eventually received a caution for dissent, this after a foul by Peat on Easter. Clayden had moved into an attacking role when Cooper departed and using some good footwork and close control found a way to hit a left footed shot, just wide as his team kept up their positive approach.
Moseley chased down another ball, this time down the left side crossing to Knightbridge whose effort was turned aside for a corner by Easter and from that corner taken by Dawood, the unmarked Knightbridge rose to send a firm header against the cross-bar and over. With ten minutes remaining Dawood was replaced by Brown and Scarr received a stern talking too for a rash attempted kick at Welham who had dispossessed him with a heavy challenge. Knightbridge was replaced by Wymer with five minutes remaining and Peat was cautioned for kicking the ball away after Welham had fouled Dorset just inside the home half, unfortunately the free-kick from Buckland was too long and the game ended with a narrow win for Dedham Old Boys.
FULL TIME: 2 – 1.
This entertaining game was a close affair, Dedham could and should have scored more goals but Barnston defended well and created enough chances themselves when going forward and on another day might have deserved a draw but the home team have started their campaign with two wins and a draw so far.
Now, for my Man-of-the-Match selection, Clayden, Heap and Buckland played well for Barnston whose best player, despite his constant banter was captain, Hayward, whereas for Dedham Peat, Moseley, Knightbridge and Halsey to me were just over-shadowed by Welham, non-stop action breaking up play in various positions, getting forward but basically doing what his manager requested.
DEHAM OLD BOYS FC: Colours: Red & White Shirts, Red Shorts and Red Socks.
Euan Graham., William Smith., Daniel Alston., John-Joseph Peat., Nicholas Golding., Phil Mason., Tristan Moseley (C)., Henry Welham., Callum Knightbridge., George Dawood., Mathew Halsey.
Manager: Paul Ketley.
Used Substitutes: Jimmy Marney., Karl Wymer., Kier Brown
Unused Substitutes: Paul Ketley., Aaron Ross.
BARNSTON AFCS: Colours: Blue Shirts, Blue Shorts and Blue Socks.
Adam Bennett., James Clayden., Tyler Byrne., Jack Stevens., Ben Hayward (C)., Cameron Easter., Kieran Heap., Matthew Dorset., Matt Cooper., Josh Burgess., Jake Buckland.
Manager: Neil Bell.
Used Substitutes: Liam Liddiatt., Brandon Scarr.
Unused Substitutes: Kevin Spencer., Matthew West.
Referee: Richard Baker (Colchester).
Assistant Referee’s: Connor Hodgkins (Colchester).
and Ryan Collins (Witham).
Man of the Match: Henry WELHAM (DEDHAM OLD BOYS FC)
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