Planters top form table!
Before the game the Planters and seasiders were proudly top of the March/April form table, the Planters were 13 unbeaten with Felixstowe losing just one in 21 starts.
Andrew Eastaugh was presented with the award for supporters player of the year prior to the kick off, it was very tight this year with Ships and Blakey also well supported, well done Andy!
Felixstowe and Walton came to Plantation Park at the top of the Premier league needing two wins to go a long way towards securing the title. After a great season so far they also have the Red Insure cup final against Newmarket and the Suffolk FA cup against Bury Town, before the season closes.
The writer of Eastern Counties twitter feed believed Felixstowe would have too much for the Planters on the day! obviously whoever writes it hasn't seen us of late...
The game kicked off in a light rain, the pitch appreciated the watering if not the crowd, as expected the high flying seasiders came out on the front foot with the breeze at their backs, the Planters also settled quickly and both sides were cancelling each other out. Crump made a good stop from Jamie George after 8 minutes, Ben Nower also made a good stop keeping the scores even. Barber also had a good opening but after finding good space his header was high and well over the bar.
The game was focused mainly in the Felixstowe half, a really solid first period for the boys against the wind. 0 - 0 at half time.
The second half kicked off with United on the front foot, after just three minutes a quickly taken free kick was played in to Paul Cook whose one touch moved it on smoothly to Matt Blake who thumped it past Crump 1 - 0 Planters excellent play real quality.
Felixstowe after that slow start were nearly punished again minutes later, when Adam Bennett drove to the bye line, and beating the full back was clear on goal, a bit of desperate defending nicked the ball of Benno's toe before he could get his shot off.
The Seasiders threw everything including the kitchen sink at the boys, Gavin Lemmon was immense and gets my man of the match, Gary Gilmore was replaced by Ben Jones on the hour having run himself into the ground. One of the few clear chances created saw Andy Eastaugh live up to his supporters player of the year title hooking the ball away off the line, helping secure the clean sheet, defensively we were very secure and fully deserved the win, 14 un-beaten tweet that Eastern Counties!
Felixstowe have not had a lot of joy on their trips to Plantation Park, this result saw them drop from favourites for the title to fourth favourites, with Hadleigh back on top after their good win. Diss got a great goalless draw at home to Brightlingsea in their battle for survival. Gorleston also won, by the weekend there could be three teams at the top on 80 points, if the Greens and Regent win their games in hand.
Our final game of the season see's us travel to Brightlingsea, think we'll be looking forward to it more that the 'Rs'.
The Planters have secured sixth spot and fifth isn't out of the question, a season that started with Damian looking to build a team for the future hasn't gone bad at all, most of the squad have signed for next year and Hilts has already approached others players to strengthen the squad.
United : Nower, Speller, Mason, Lemmon, Shipley, Eastaugh, George(Britcher 90) Bennett, Cook, Blake (Woodgate 78) Gilmore (Jones 60)