Suffolk held by Essex

SUFFOLK Boys Under-16s were held for a second consecutive draw in the East Anglian Counties Competition.

Suffolk began their campaign with 2-2 draw with Bedfordshire in November and by coincidence achieved exactly the same result against Essex this time on their travels at Brightlingsea on Sunday.

The visitors began brightly with Dion Dozzell’s curling shot flying past goalkeeper Dan Procter to give Suffolk the perfect start with only a few minutes gone.

Essex hit back immediately through a Ronnie Winn free kick which was pushed wide by goalkeeper Jack Spurling.

Suffolk tested the hosts again when Proctor was called upon to gather a free kick which was whipped into the box.

The visitors almost added to their tally when a looping shot hit the netting on the top of the Essex goal after some great build up play between Suffolk’s strikers.

But Suffolk’s second goal did come. Essex tried to grab the initiative but were undone by a quick counter-attack which saw Matt Poxon latch on to a ball smashed up field. The Ransomes Sports striker ran at Procter before hitting a shot from 20 yards to give Suffolk a two-goal advantage.

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Essex tried to get back into the match when Alo Awosika’s shot tested Spurling but the Woodbridge Town goalkeeper smothered the ball comfortably.

However, Suffolk ended the half on top. After the restart the hosts attempted the reduce their arrears when Awosika evaded the visitors’ defence but the Thurrock striker’s effort went wide.

Essex did manage to get on to the scoresheet moments later when Mark Ongemah headed in a corner from a terrible clearance from the Suffolk defence.

The home side were comfortably on top and looked to press home their advantage with an equaliser. Awosika was almost presented with a great opportunity but before the striker could shoot a last-ditch Suffolk tackle ensured the danger was cleared.

However, the equaliser did arrive when Lewis Moore went on a mazy run from the half way line and nipped into the box to comfortably slot past Spurling.

The hosts then hit the post following a period of sustained pressure but Suffolk carved out opportunities of their own through a counter attack but instead of scoring the striker hit the side netting.

Essex tried to test Spurling from distance but the effort went well wide of the goal.

The visitors launched another counter attack with Poxon breaking clear of the host’s defence but before he could apply the finishing touch an Essex defender made a vital intervention.

Suffolk were given another opportunity to win the match when Poxon dashed into the box. Procter rushed out to gather the ball but it slipped through the Spartak 78 man’s fingers but with the goal at his mercy Poxon hit the side netting, to leave Suffolk second bottom of the East Anglian Counties Competition after two matches.

Suffolk squad: Jack Spurling (Woodbridge Town), Ryan Birchfield (Ransomes Sports), Callum Clipstone (Bury Town), Luke Howard (Woodbridge Town), Jack Mitchinson (Haverhill Rovers), Toby Rose (Woodbridge Town),Jez Slinn (Woodbridge Town, captain), Matt Poxon (Ransomes Sports), Dion Dozzell (Woodbridge Town), Jordon Read (Haverhill Rovers), George Clarke (Brantham Athletic), Joe Harrington (Haverhill Rovers), Matt West (Ransomes Sports), Adam Davis (Grundisburgh), Sam Thrower (Grundisburgh), Ben Fulchers (Grundisburgh), Noel Moran (Ransomes Sports), Cory Ward (Ransomes Sports), Josh Ives (Grundisburgh).

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