Norwich CEYMS 3 Blofield 1
Comfortable Win for Home team
After a month’s break, following the previous weeks postponement, the beavers finally returned to action with a tough looking trip to CEYMS.
Suspensions and unavailability were the order of the day once again for the management team with Dan Stobbart suspended, Robbie Fryers injured and Lewis Rivett away. New signing Jake Sumner took his place on the bench alongside Calum Cox & Elliot Gibbs
Blofield Starting XI: Ian Stones, Matty Banham, Isaac Mace, Kris Hart, Tom Wright, James Basey Fisher ©, Abdul Ferej, Will Bennett, Orren Oliver, Jack Robinson, Danny Mckail
For a team who had not played for a month, Blofield actually started off the brighter and in the very first minute there were strong appeals for a penalty as Robinson went down under a CEYMS challenge in the penalty area. These were waved away by Referee Jewell.
The away team’s strong start was rewarded with the opening goal in the 13th minute. Stones’s long kick caught out the CEYMS defence, the ball fell to Ferej who made his way to the by line. His cross was met by Mckail, whose toe poked effort was deflected into the path of Oliver who lashed the ball into the roof of the net to put the Beavers 1 up.
This stung CEYMS into a response and five minutes later they equalised with a wonderful solo goal from David Smith who waltzed round a couple of Blofield players and smashed the ball in the net from an acute angle.
Five minutes later, the home side went ahead. Price broke away from his marker and placed his shot past Stones from 10 yards to make the score 2-1.
The home side were in control now and threatened to add to their score as both Amis, Price and Jack Smith all went close with efforts.
Blofield problems increased when, not for the first time this season, they were reduced to 10 men as Banham picked up his second yellow in short succession for a late tackle.
Despite CEYMS dominance, the beavers managed to hold out until half time with no further additions to the score.
H/T: Norwich CEYMS 2 Blofield 1
With the conditions slightly in their favour, Blofield looked to exploit these early on as a Robinson cross found Oliver in the box, who regrettably could only send a weak header into keeper Bertram’s arms.
Generally, though it was still the home side who looked the more likely and on the hour mark, Taylor’s header from a corner cannoned off the post and was cleared to safety.
In the 66th minute, more good work from Amis and David Smith saw the latter’s shot saved by Stones and ten minutes later, Amis was thwarted once again by the Blofield keeper from long range.
Little was seen of the visitors in the attacking field, a long range shot that went narrowly wide from Wright in the 76th minute was probably the pick of their moments.
Sure enough, with five minutes to go, CEYMS wrapped up the game when the impressive David Smith crossed for his namesake Jack Smith to tap into an empty net.
Norwich CEYMS 3 Blofield United 1
This was another disappointing result and its now 1 point from 15 since the teams last played each other on the 11th November. To be fair to Damian, three of those games have been against the top three and unavailability of key players at different times has not helped. The disciplinary record is also disappointing with at least 6 red cards this season & this is something that needs to be addressed.
The beavers now have two home league games in a row to repair some of the recent damage, before the big cup game against Mulbarton on February 2nd.
No complaint about the result though and in my view, CEYMS have every chance of winning this league should they keep all their key players injury free.