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Feb 19, 2016, 11:56 PM
Location: East Angular
Team(s): Team 'Impersonating other Twitter Users' - est. 2011
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Thurlow Nunn Eastern Counties League Premier Division
Felixstowe & Walton United 3(2)-(0)0 FC Clacton
Goldstar Ground, Dellwood Avenue, Felixstowe, Suffolk
Admission: Pay What You Want - I put a tenner in. Didn't purchase programme
Also purchased: Sausage Roll £1.50 and can of RWhites Lemonade £1
My third successive Friday night ECL game, although the last I will be able to get to for a little while. Bit of a tight one, due to leaving work late then some traffic, but at the Goldstar at 7:30.
Bit of a strange game really, in very poor conditions - a cold gusty wind all game, accompanied by swirling rain in the 2nd half. Clacton very unlucky to be 2-0 down in the first half, then 2nd half mysteriously didn't seem to turn up. They may be close to securing safety for another season, but that's no reason to go in to holiday mode now. As a result, a straightforward victory for Felixstowe, to keep their title charge alive.
The home side started the brightest. However Clacton missed two decent chances on the break - Andrade blazing over in the box after being teed up, then Condon with a sight of goal putting in a weak effort that didn't trouble Holland in the Stowe goal.
Those misses would prove costly shortly after, when a player ghosted in behind the Clacton defence and fired home. Then, after a couple more good half chances for Clacton, a short taken corner was smashed from outside the box in to the far corner to double the hosts' lead.
Although Felixstowe should have scored a third shortly before the break, when a player received the ball a few yards out but got the ball stuck under his feet, it was Clacton who finished the half very strong, with a corner almost going straight in and having to be hacked off the line, then Parkin missing a glorious chance, after he blazed over a knockdown to him in the box. And several other close efforts for the visitors too. If they had their shooting boots on, could have been a different game.
Second half, with conditions worsening, was pretty dull. Clacton just never really turned up, not creating anything, and with a defence that was kamikaze in its approach. Countless decent chances were spurned, although Fowler did make the odd good stop, and a goalline clearance in there as well.
A surprise the net bulged only once in the second period, with a corner deflecting off someone on the line, with the loose ball hammered home to seal the win, and keep Norwich honest at the top.
Summing up Clacton's night, from a rare opportunity, Coyle's free kick by the touchline was a great delivery. However it came straight off the head of the referee, standing by the penalty area, with Stowe almost scoring on the break.
Clubhouse plans were on show in the old facility, which should be a lot lot closer to the pitch than the current one.
Not a bad attendance, although I wonder whether some were put off by the weather, as thought we might get nearer 180?
Pretty horrible driving conditions due to the gusty winds and the swirling nature of the rain. Going over the Orwell Bridge both ways was particularly nasty, especially on the way back.
Monday 17th October 2016
Aveley 1-1 Phoenix Sports (Isthmian League Division 1 North)
Next scheduled match:
Tuesday 18th October 2016
Burnham Ramblers v Haringey & Waltham (Essex Senior League)