Blofield 2 Norwich CEYMS 1
Blofield end the visitors unbeaten start with a hard fought win
Blofield were looking to get back to winning ways following, by all accounts, a dismal display the previous week in losing 4-1 away to Caister.
With Kris Hart starting a four match ban, following his second red card this season, Gibbs was moved to left back with Bennett & Stobbart recalled to the starting line-up. Robinson had recovered from illness and took his place on the bench alongside veteran Mckail and visiting for the weekend Jonny Wynne.
Blofield: Ian Stones, Elliot Gibbs, Matt Banham, James Basey Fisher ©, Abdul Ferej, Will Bennett, Tom Wright, Dan Stobbart, Issac Mace, Orren Oliver, Rob Fryers. Subs : Jack Robinson, Danny Mckail, Jonny Wynne
Before the kick off, a minute’s silence was impeccably observed for Armistice Day, by the teams and the decent size crowd that had assembled.
The opening 10-15 minutes was a cagey affair with neither side giving players time on the ball. CEYMS though marginally had the better of the play and were the team creating openings.
It took 7 minutes for the first half chance to occur as Adkins headed over from a free kick. Amis then repeated that with a tame header following a deflected cross 5 minutes later.
The away side almost took the lead in the 15th minute. Amis’s through ball found Allen bearing down on goal, his shot was parried by Stones and Gibbs cleared for the corner. From this, Adcock’s header back across goal caused confusion in the Blofield six-yard box and was just about cleared.
Finally, Blofield did respond and in the 20th minute, a sweeping passing move down the left involving Gibbs & Stobbart eventually saw Mace sting Cooke’s hands in the CEYMS goal, with the rebound safely cleared away.
Five minutes later Allen looked to be in on goal but was thwarted by an excellent last - ditch tackle by Gibbs, who clearly won the ball, despite CEYMS’s appeals for a penalty.
However, CEYMS eventually did win their penalty a few minutes later & there was no doubt about this one.
Bennett lost the ball on the edge of the area and in his determination to win the ball back, regrettably only led to him hauling Allen down in the box, the referee immediately pointing to the spot.
Up stepped Amis but fortunately for the home side, Stones dived full stretch to his left to parry the spot kick away.
Still CEYMS did look the more likely to open the scoring and they had another chance ten minutes late when they won albeit a slightly fortuitous free kick just outside the penalty area. However, like the penalty before it, the free kick lacked any conviction as Liam Mann’s effort went tamely over the bar.
A timely last-ditch tackle from Adcock stopped Fryers from getting through a few minutes later and this was the last of any meaningful action as the Ref blew his whistle for half time.
H/T: Blofield Utd 0 Norwich CEYMS 0
Finally, CEYMS made the breakthrough they had been threatening with 10 minutes of the second half gone.
Blofield actually had a free kick 30 yards from the CEYMS goal but as this was cleared, the visitors broke with pace. Amis stabbed the ball across to Allen who smashed his shot passed Stones to put CEYMS 1-0 up.
Allen should have wrapped the game up a few minutes later. Easter evaded two challenges down the left and his wicked cross saw the CEYMS number 10 volley over from six yards out. Shortly after that, Bennett & Mace made way for Mckail & Robinson.
Blofield certainly had never been over-run by the visitors but had created very little in front of goal, however that all changed as the home side scored twice in two minutes to stun the visitors. A long ball was flicked on by Fryers and Oliver’s pace and strength took him past two defenders only for his effort to be saved by Cooke. However, the ball fell kindly for Robinson and he bundled the ball home despite the best efforts by the CEYMS defence to make the score 1-1.
A minute later it was 2-1 and it was a goal worthy of winning any game. There seemed little danger as a clearance found Stobbart 25 yards from goal. Dan took one touch on his chest and fired a left foot volley, beating Cooke all ends up, in to the bottom right corner of the goal, the scorer as surprised as anyone at what he had just done!!!!
Suddenly it was Blofield making the clearer chances and a long throw saw Stobbart’s header find Fryers who stabbed wide, though the linesman’s flag was already up.
In the 75th minute, Mckail found himself one on one with the keeper and Cooke made another smart save to deny Blofield.
Slowly CEYMS began to get back into the game as we entered the last 10 minutes of play. Amis shot wide after a long throw wasn’t cleared and then Gibbs & Banham combined to block CEYMS substitute Stenner’s shot.
It was CEYMS other substitute, Pickersgill who had their next chance, stabbing the ball straight at Stones as the home side were hanging on. Wynne was sent on for Fryers to help the defence.
As the clock ticked to the 90th minute, Blofield’s task was made harder as Tom Wright received his 2nd yellow card of the game. It seemed to most observers that Wright had made contact with the ball but the ref’s view (later in the bar) was that he had gone through his man first, thus giving Tom his marching orders.
Deep into injury time, there was still time for another twist as CEYMS were awarded their second penalty of the game. A ball was swung into the Blofield box and in the process of clearing the ball Banham did appear to make contact with an opponent’s head.
With the visiting bench and players all appealing, the Ref seemed to hesitate before blowing his whistle. He then ensured the CEYMS was not badly injured before booking both Banham and Stones. Still it was not clear if a penalty was given until the ball this time was given to Jack Smith who placed the ball on the spot.
Incredibly his spot kick, this time to the keeper’s right, was saved once again by Stones and the home side saw out the remaining time comfortably to gain a hard- fought win.
F/T Blofield Utd 2 Norwich CEYMS 1
This was a great win for Blofield, who were resilient throughout and who responded fantastically to the previous weeks poor performance. I thought the back four were outstanding, epitomised by the performance of their skipper, Basey- Fisher, who alongside Banham, kept the dangerous pair of Amis & Allen relatively in-check. Obviously, I would have to mention Mr Stones as well, who was very self-critical last weekend and has certainly redeemed himself here. Yeah – Dan’s goal was pretty good also l!!
I can also understand CEYMS’s frustration as well, they will probably play worse than this in other games and win. If they had indeed took their chances, particularly if that first penalty had been scored, the result might have been different. They do look a decent side and despite the result, it was good to see all of them in the bar afterwards.
So, the first team make it four wins out of the last six games and now travel next weekend to another team in fine form, Long Stratton.