Ipswich Thistle reserves 4, Taverners 1
Last season we managed a ‘double’ over Ipswich Thistle’s reserve team but they have certainly re-built since then and were worthy winners on Sunday against a lack-lustre Taverners.
The eleven players on display should have done so much better but unfortunately turned in a poor performance which saw us concede two early goals and then a third before half time.
A re-shuffle, which saw Tom Brooks provide an energetic second half in midfield, produced a better showing and eventually we pulled a goal back when Sean High’s corner went direct into the net. Unfortunately, the Thistle scored a fourth late in the game, having missed a penalty earlier in the half.
The brightest note was the announcement that the match represented Duncan Southgate’s 400th appearance for the club and he was presented with a momento to mark a fine achievement.
Team: Davis, Warden, Brooks, Southgate, Cunningham, Ayles, Glenister, Bestley, High, Horsfall, Baldwin.
Taverners Res 2, Halesworth Town 2
I was a very surprised Trevor Hollinsworth to receive an award from Pat Elvin before the start of the game for my 400th appearance for Taverners.
So after 36,000 minutes or, if you prefer 600 hours or, maybe in plain terms 20 years playing for Taverners I sat and thought. Has much changed.
The length of the shorts, the style of the shirts and the people I have played with.
It was appropriate that the man who brought me to Taverners was making a rare appearance on this day. Paul Ryan. The game hasn't changed that much. But the people who play have. Sunday morning used to be a real part of the weekend for all footballers. I remember listening to highly paid semi pro footballers talking about the Ipswich Sunday League long before I joined Taverners. The importance of the Sunday game sometimes seemed to proceed the Saturday fixture. It was probably due to the fact that Sunday is about playing with your mates and that was what made it important.
It was for that reason I turned down the chance to play for Taverners the first time I was asked, because I played in Sudbury Sunday League with my mates.
Now it seems that people have other priorities. Just this week after playing for Taverners for a good number of years Philip (Dippy) Bowman moved permanently to Australia without so much as a goodbye. We all wish you well Dippy. Your rare goal celebrations will be missed.
So who are the people that made it important and kept me here at Taverners for 20 years.
Bob, Frank and Pat obviously are Taverners to the core and make it a pleasure to be connected.
As for the players. There are a few who I miss on a Sunday morning whether they liked me or not.
Tim Howard, Andy Spivey, Smokey, Andy Glover, Richard Fuller, Paul Oakshot, The Parker brothers, James Rice, Moggy, Karl Dawson and recent retirements of James Bullimore and Andy Lambert. The rest of you still play.
So thanks old and new players for the 400 happy Sunday mornings.
So what about the game....
It all started very well. Playing a new 3 5 2 formation seemed to suit and we went ahead after just a few minutes when Sam Burrows sent in a trade mark long throw to be met by Geoff Leeks who's backward header looped over the keeper.
We consolidated and looked pretty comfortable. Paul Ryan and Darren Herridge were controlling the midfield. Halesworth gave us no problem until we failed to clear simply to row Z and they scored leaving stand in keeper Matt Pearson no chance at all.
Again the second half was comfortable but as fitness slowly became an issue the much younger Halesworth found more openings and they scored with a shot from inside the box.
Halesworth could have sealed the game just five minutes later when the broke free and fired a full blown volley goalward. Somehow man of the match Matt Pearson dived full length across goal and beat the shot away.
To be very honest we did not create many chances even though we had a good share of the play. It took until the 70th minute for Sam Burrows to brake away and lift the ball over the advancing keeper.
The game was a little hot in places with some words back and forth and with just five minutes remaining Halesworth had there centre forward sent off for swearing at the referee. All reflection it was a fair result.
Team: Pearson, Hunt (Boyles), Leeks, Webb, Liddamore, Burgess, Burrows, Herridge, Ryan, Hollinsworth, T. Vincent