SIL round-up: Capel fightback to beat Leiston St Margarets

Crane Sports' Tye Webb

Crane Sports' Tye Webb - Credit: James Ager

A round-up of the weekend’s games in the Touchline Suffolk & Ipswich League Senior Division

Senior Division Capel Plough 3 Leiston St Margarets 2

The home side came from two goals down to take the points, with the visitors playing for 80 minutes with 10 men after an early red card.

With the wind in their favour, Leiston started well and took the lead on four minutes when Daniel Knights fired home from the penalty spot after a foul in the area.

The Saints then had Daniel Keeble sent off for stamping on a Capel player, before they went two goals in front when Luke Croager shot home from 20 yards after a quick counter attack, with just 25 minutes played.


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Stephen Morrison pulled one back for Capel, giving ‘keeper Gary Lambert no chance with a well taken free-kick, before Adam Rawthorn equalised just before half time from close-range, following a corner.

The home team dominated the second half, going close on a number of occasions, but missed a great chance to go in front when Lambert made a brilliant save, keeping out a penalty kick from Morrison after a foul.

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What turned out to be the winning goal came 10 minutes from time when a long kick upfield from Williams was collected by Nick Middlebrook who rounded Lambert and slotted home.

Both teams created half chances but there were no more goals with the home side recording their second win of the season.

East Bergholt United 1 Crane Sports 1

This was a fiercely-contested match that saw the reigning SIL Senior Division champions held by Bergholt, whose industry and commitment more than merited a share of the points.

The game opened at pace with Joel Watkins flashing a shot wide and Cranes keeper Kevin Holland thwarting the oncoming Danny Garrod.

At the other end, Cranes’ Tye Webb cut in from the left drove well but saw his effort cleared off the line by Ed Milner.

Leigh Cooper’s free kick was met by Cranes team-mate Mical Moore whose glancing header went close, but it was the home team that went in front on nine minutes when Aaron Skeggs’ driven corner was powerfully headed home by Ed Milner.

Cranes were playing some decent football but the home defence was well organised with Liam Powell and Milner containing well.

However, they were breached in the 37th minute when Lyndon Dowson-Alexander initiated a move that culminated in Webb cutting in from the right and drilling a fine effort that gave goalkeeper Gary Hammond no chance.

Both sides fought hard for the winner and Mark Van-Oene set up Mo Fike who wasted a great chance in front of goal.

Ross Rands then shot powerfully for Cranes but Hammond tipped his effort over, whilst Cooper went close from 20 yards.

The home side were dangerous on the break, spearheaded by Garrod.

Skeggs’ free kick was well defended by Mical Moore but generally both defences were well organised to prevent gilt-edge chances.

Bramford United 1 Achilles 3

This match saw second-placed Bramford take on fifth-placed Achilles in a match which promised to be a tough encounter.

Bramford kicked-off and took the match to Achilles, opening the scoring on six minutes when Murphy found Munson, who headed over the outstretched Foster for the opening goal.

Bramford looked to increase their lead after 10 minutes and when a crossed ball by Golding found Murphy. He set up Munson to slot home, but the assistant flagged for offside.

On 15 minutes a Bramford break saw Murphy get himself clear with Foster having to punch the ball AWAY.

Achilles equalised four minutes later, Liam Hillyard firing a well place shot into the top right corner from an unchallenged position.

Just before half-time, Bramford’s Alexander saw his netted ball ruled out for offside, while at the other end Achilles’ Handley shot just wide.

Achilles increased their lead on 50 minutes when Little headed in a close range from a corner.

Little scored Achilles third, seven minutes later, with a close range shot.

Westerfield United 2 Felixstowe Harpers United 1

In a positive start for Westerfield, Sam Horn outstripped the Harpers’ defence but his pass just failed to find Dan Brkovic.

Brkovic then put a deep cross into the box that Ryan Swift was unable to control, and Harpers cleared.

After Heathcote’s header was cleared off the line, Westerfield took the lead when Sam Horn fired in from close range.

Adam Horn was then penalised for a push in the area and Matt Morgan equalised for Harpers from the spot.

Sam Horn fired across goal with Swift unable to get a touch, before Heathcote fired over after good approach work from Gibson.

Daniel Wade then secured the points for Westerfield with a delightful effort into the top corner of the goal, although both Liam Hunn and Liam Bevis had chances to equalise in the closing stages of an entertaining match.

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