ESSEX & SUFFOLK BORDER FOOTBALL LEAGUE
BURES UNITED FC: 3. CRESSING UNITED FC: 2.
Date: Saturday 05th January 2019. Venue: Bures Recreation Ground.
First of all, on behalf of the ESBFL, may I wish you all a Happy New Year, I trust the festivities earlier last week are a distant memory and heads are now sufficiently clear, so we can concentrate on an almost full fixture list, just one casualty, a game that was called off as early as Tuesday!
After three successive Premier Division matches I thought I would catch up on Division One, third placed Cressing United FC were the visitors to eighth placed Bures United FC who experienced a difficult time towards the back end of last year, hopefully those woes are now forgotten and they can build on their squad which looks like it has players returning to the fold, today they had Hunter Wallis in an Acting Manager capacity. Likewise, Cressing United FC, under the continued managership of the experienced Ivan Gooday, had several new players, well at least they were to me for this season, and for a match where I watched them for the first them away from home.
The appointed match official was Eric Bowers, this is a referee who is in his fortieth season officiating in local leagues, but if you know this genial, gentlemen, you know what you are about to get during the match, in all the years I’ve known him he has not changed his keen approach.
Bures United FC kicked off and having noted that fact down, I looked up to see Tom Wingfield avoid two poorly timed challenges, well they were not even poorly timed, they did not exist, and as keeper, Smith advanced TOM WINGFIELD side-footed the ball past him to score, the time-line: fifty-five seconds, with Smith getting his first touch, picking the ball out of the net! Buoyed by this early success, Bures pushed forward with midfielders Hubbard and Finch in the thick of most of their creative play until Cressing gained possession getting the ball forward to prolific goal-scorer Collier who was fouled by Knebel, however, the free-kick taken by Collier caused more havoc in the children’s play area than it did to the home defence, maybe he was just getting his eye-in! After the early goal set-back, Cressing would have to raise their game and the game ebbed and flowed as each team tried to create scoring chances with defences now better marshalled. Bearman fouled Mitchell, Clark took the free-kick sending the ball high into the penalty area where White rose to head clear and send the ball forward to Collier who broke down the left side and pass to King who was correctly adjudged to be off-side. A long clearance from the free-kick by Tracey, a keeper, signed on the day, found Clark, whose cross was cut-out by Goode for a throw-in.
On fifteen minutes a poor back-pass from Melia to his keeper, Bracey put the keeper in trouble as his hurried attempt to clear had no distance, falling to Collier who drove the ball goal-wards with the keeper way out of position, so when it hit Melia, the sting was taken out of the shot but even so, Wood had to scramble back to clear the loose ball almost off the goal-line. From the resulting corner, taken by Collier, keeper, Bracey fumbled the ball out into the six-yard box but was quickest to react and dived on the loose ball. On seventeen minutes, a free-kick taken by Clark was headed just wide by Finch and when White got forward across the halfway line, his high cross into the penalty area found both Collier and Gray in off-side positions and that danger passed by. Wingfield was fouled by Goode as a high clearance from Bracey fell at his feet then a sharp passing move, started by Knebel, to Melia then Wood who set Tucker away only to shoot over the cross-bar and Bures continued with Fairless roaming down the left side before cutting inside to send a long raking cross towards the far post which Finch just failed to reach. Another foul by Bearman on Mitchell led to Bearman clearing the cross but only to Tucker who ran at goal from the half-way line eventually over-running the ball and Cressing had possession which they kept down the left side where Storey (M) set up AARON COLLIER who turned to score a fine goal with his left foot, giving keeper Bracey no chance to save.
Collier was involved again almost immediately chasing a ball down the right side and when his left-footed cross came in towards the far post, Hume connected with his head but keeper, Bracey was on his line to catch the goal-bound effort. Bures should have taken the lead again when Tucker ran through the right-side channel but could only watch as his effort rolled past the far post and safety. Collier, was clearly the target player for Cressing, holding the ball up well and then finding a supporting player before turning to find space elsewhere, on one occasion shooting over the cross-bar. On thirty-six minutes a long punt out of defence by White fell to Storey (J) whose was pushed, unfairly off the ball by Finch and this allowed AARON COLLIER to smash the ball home, left footed, from the awarded penalty-kick. Bearman needed treatment for an injury incurred when he kicked the ground, White launched another high free-kick towards and finding Gray who crossed to King who tried an audacious overhead kick attempt that went timidly out for a goal-kick. Another chase through by Collier saw keeper, Bracey advance out of his penalty area to hack clear finding Knebel whose almost got the ball to Finch who was fouled by Storey (J), Hubbard took the free-kick but White headed clear and the half ended
HALF-TIME: 1 – 2.
At his stage I though this game was odd’s-on a draw, there would certainly be more chances in a game played in a decent spirit with a lot of effort being expended on a very cold afternoon with Bures making their first change before the restart with Fairless being replaced by Wells. Hubbard set the first attack of the half going finding Mitchell who was promptly fouled by Bearman, that’s three times know, I thought. Hubbard took the free-kick arcing the ball into the penalty area where Finch fouled White, no contest there! When visiting keeper, Smith was given an awkward back-pass near his goal-line he shuffled his feet enough to confuse Tucker coming away with the ball to find Bearman on the left side, however with the ball lost on the half-way line a long, driven pass forward by Hubbard was superbly cut out by Gray, back defending as Bures pressed forward. Wood inadvertently raised a high foot towards the head of King to concede a free-kick on the half-way line then Bearman fouled Mitchell again to earn the first caution of the game and several other niggly fouls followed from both teams.
On fifty-eight minutes the unmarked Gray should have scored, sweeping the ball over the cross-bar after good approach play through the middle from Hume, at the other end Wells was crowded out by Storey (M) and Goode then Wells set off after a long pass forward crossing to Finch finding Mitchell who headed wide, an equaliser was not out of the question! Bearman was walking a fine line when he fouled Storey (M) on the half-way line, Hubbard took the free-kick finding Wells who fouled Storey (M), with both Collier, then Finch warned about dissent. Hume struck a rising shot directly to keeper, Bracey, Finch shot over at the other end for Bures whilst Tucker found Finch who proceeded to dive into a challenge to earn the second caution of the match. On seventy minutes Cressing replaced Gray with Stone, Bearman now in a more forward position got the better of Clark who then made an error to allow Bearman to lay the ball back to Collier, centrally placed ten yards out, he struck the ball well, goal-bound it was until Knebel ran in behind his beaten keeper to knee the ball over the cross-bar, great defending.
Bures had played the better football in the second half, an equaliser was promised and on seventy-eight minutes it arrived, Cressing were guilty of ball-watching, again, when from a throw-in taken by Storey (M), Mitchell drifted inside Goode to find TOM WINGFIELD who swept the ball home from close range. Bures then thought they should have had a penalty kick themselves, from where I, and other observers from both teams were standing it looked a “nailed-on” decision but the referee awarded a corner kick and play continued. On seventy-five minutes Knebel for Bures chased forward down the left side playing the ball to Mitchell who laid it off to JOSH WELLS who smashed a fine shot across the face of the goal and into the far side of the net, a great goal, acknowledged by both sets of supporters. Bures replaced Mitchell with Dinnell and further chances fell to both teams as time started to run out. Tucker, almost through on goal, over-ran the ball to the delight of keeper, Smith whose clearance went out of play allowing Cressing to replace Storey (J) with James. Five minutes of added time were played but no further goals chances were created giving Bures a welcome victory.
FULL TIME: 3 – 2.
This was a match played in freezing conditions so a big “well done” to all the players who kept going throughout, the result always looked likely to be close and it took a superb shot from Wells to decide this match.
Now for my Player-of-the-Match choice, for Bures, new keeper, Bracey, beaten twice, but generally in control of his penalty area aided by captain Wood and Melia in central defence, in midfield Finch and especially Hubbard were excellent, tracking back to gain possession then being instrumental in the home attacks where Tucker and Wingfield, scorer of two goals, always looked dangerous. The introduction of Wells at half-time proved crucial as his goal was the best of the match. For Cressing Collier put in a big shift, holding up the ball well, scoring two goals and would have had a third but for a brilliant goal-line clearance. King worked hard both on and off the ball, Weston, Gray, Storey (J) and Hume also had to say alert but in defence White rarely missed a header but Goode playing alongside him was my pick of the bunch, hardly putting a foot wrong and dominating in the air, such a shame he was on the losing side!
BURES UNITED FC:
Colours: Black & White striped Shirts, Black Shorts and Black Socks.
Ben Tracey., Myles Clark., Oscar Knebel., Jack Hubbard., Jake Wood (C)., Jordan Melia., Tobias Mitchell., Lloyd Finch., Tom Wingfield., Connor Tucker., Samuel Fairless.
Acting Manager: Hunter Wallis.
Used Substitutes: Josh Wells., Oliver Dinnell.
Unused Substitutes: Harry Thraves., Shane Wanmer.
CRESSING UNITED FC:
Colours: Claret & Light Blue Shirts., Claret Shorts and Light Blue Socks.
Graham Smith., Michael Storey., Luke Bearman., Sam White (C)., Sean Goode., Matthew Weston., Levi Gray., James Storey., Jamie King., Aaron Collier., Daniel Hume.
Manager: Ivan Gooday.
Used Substitutes: Darren Stone., Tom James
Referee: Eric Bowers. (Lawford)
Player-of-the-Match: SEAN GOODE (CRESSING UNITED FC)
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