Bloaters 3 Saffron Walden 0
Bloaters Bounce Back
Bloaters Bounce Back
After the disappointment of Easter Monday’s defeat at Emerald Park the Bloaters signed off their final home game with a resounding 3-0 victory over old rivals Saffron Walden. Ollie Savage returned to the side but there was notable absentees in skipper Andersen, Holmes ,Taylor, Armes and Swatman . This presented an opportunity for 16 year old JOSH FORD who started alongside Ager at centre-back and a first place on the bench for Sam Waite from the youth team. There was also a return to the bench for Jamie George and Ross Catchpole.
Before the game Sam Applegate was presented with the GYTFC Supporters Player Of the Year by a group of Bloaters supporters.
Unusually for the Wellseley, the prevailing wind was from the north of the ground blowing towards the tennis court end, giving the advantage to the visitors in the first half, and it was the Bloods that struck first when skipper Bell fired in a shot wide of the target. The conditions were playing havoc with the strong wind and uneven surface making slick passing moves impossible. A scrappy start to the game was punctuated by short bursts of individual play that caught the eye, first Nydazayo beat two men and crossed dangerously and then Davis beat four players before passing to Perfect but ex-QPR man and Bloods manager ,Stuart Wardley was alert to clear the danger. The visitors were trying to use the wind to their advantage and a long range effort by Portway sailed high and wide. After 24minutes the deadlock was broken as Forbes won a corner, the ball was flighted in by Davis and Ager was on hand from close range to bundle the ball home to give the home side the lead.
Both sides possessed a long-throw specialist in Ledworth for the Bloods and young Ford who was looking to oust Kyle Howell from his post with a series of corner-like “bombs”, although in truth both defences were able to deal with the threats from either side. Perfect was now beginning to influence the game as he terrorised the Bloods defence with a couple of penetrating runs, one of which saw Forbes with a chance which was blocked and another which won a corner for the home side. Again Davis whipped the ball into Ager whose header was diverted into the net by Forbes but Mr.Franklyn determined there had been a foul by Ager and the goal was ruled out. A couple of half-chances for the visitors as Putnins had to be alert to save a goalbound header from Portway and then Toosant should have done better with a shot that was dragged wide as the competitive Bloods looked for an equaliser. The home side should have extended their lead as Forbes capitalised on some hesitant defending and bundled his way through only to see his effort bounce back off the post.
The visitors were still in the game but found Putnins, Ager, Savage, Howell and Ford in a miserly mood, Ford in particular was showing great signs of maturity with his no-nonsense approach and composure on the ball, that belied his tender years. At the other end the pace of Perfect and Forbes was a constant threat for the home side. The Bloaters final action of a fairly turgid first half was a brilliant turn by Nydazayo who then went on to beat two men and crossed to Perfect whose unselfish header found Davis on the volley but ‘keeper Soutar saved well at the second attempt.
HT Bloaters 1 Saffron Walden 0
With the half-time teacups still being washed up, Sean Perfect chased a lost cause and stole the ball from a defender before ghosting past two men and pulling the ball back to Davis who fired home to double the home sides’ lead early in the second half. Perfect and Davis then almost created another chance but were denied by a last ditch tackle as the Bloaters took command. Jamie George then replaced Forbes before Spike Bell for the visitors fired a free-kick wide. An off-the ball altercation between Ager and Wardley saw both players booked in what was a fairly amicable game between these two former first division rivals. In the 63rd minute a corner by Perfect after good work by Savage, was only partially cleared and Davis was on hand to thump an unstoppable volley past Soutar for the third goal for the home side, to effectively end the game as a contest. Perfect again found space and played a ball into the inrushing Applegate whose firmly struck shot was wide of the target. Sam Waite was then introduced for his debut game for the first team and was unceremoniously dumped to the ground as a welcome gift to senior football. Putnins had to be alert to save another free kick from Bell that went through the wall but the visitors were now playing like a beaten side as the Bloaters enjoyed some good possession of the ball. George volleyed over and the same player was denied a goal when his header was cleared off the line. Perfect won another corner and debutant Waite had a chance that flashed past the upright. Ross Catchpole was then given a rare run-out as he replaced Applegate and the player coach played a pass to Perfect which eventually won another corner for the Bloaters. Davis’ deep corner rebounded back off the bar and the visitors had one final effort as Bell found Molloy ,but the youngster could only shoot wide. With the clock approaching 90 minutes George was put through on his own, beating the offside trap but as he rounded the keeper a couple of defenders got back to smother the ball away. There was still time for a couple of further efforts as first George went wide and then Ager headed over the bar but the home side were unable to extend their lead. In the end a comfortable home victory for the Bloaters, after a promising first half for the Bloods ,and a valuable three more points.
Joint-manager Adam Mason who addressed the crowd at the end of game alongside Martin Sinclair added “It was nice to finish our home games on a high, and we would like to thank our loyal supporters who have followed us in their numbers both home and away. Its been a great first season for us in the Premier Division and we have far exceeded our expectations, thanks to all of the players our sponsors and committee and volunteers who have all pulled together to make this possible.”
The Man of the Match award sponsored by Alasatair Chapman went to Haydn Davis.
Bloaters : Putnins, Howell, Savage, Bartram, Ager ©, Ford, Nydazayo, Applegate, Forbes, Perfect, Davis Subs : George, Waite, Catchpole.
Having already secured seventh position, but with one fixture left , a point next week at Hadleigh would see the Bloaters guaranteed sixth and depending on Stanway’s result, could even see them finish as high as fifth .The Bloaters are running a coach to Hadleigh Saturday29th April. Coach leaves The Wellesley at 11:30 am and seats can be booked at £10each in advance form Anne Jones.
Travis Manning’s Reserve side are Champions of Anglia Combination Division 5 South after an impressive 6-0 midweek victory at Newton Flotman. Congratulations to everyone connected with the reserves for an excellent season.