Saxmundham Sports Club, Carlton Rd, Saxmundham IP17 1AT

The First team welcomed third placed Bramford Road to Carlton Park. Following the 5-1 victory last week there was only one change to the starting line up which was enforced.

Bramford started quickly playing a direct high pressing game. We weathered the initial pressure and had the first real chance with Mower volleying just wide. Not long after the Bramford left winger cut inside across the box, evading a couple of tackles before being taken down, and the penalty was converted 0-1.

Shortly after we found ourselves 2-0 down when a player was allowed to bundle his way through before crossing to a teammate to side foot home.

The match settled for a period but then an error allowed a Bramford player to steal the ball before running through to make it 0-3. We were now in danger of being overrun but the boys dug in and just before half time pulled one back through a neat finish by Lasty. HT 1-3.

At the start of the second half we had Kev to thank for keeping us in the game with two one on one saves as their striker ran through on goal. Bramford had a player sin binned but unfortunately not long after Jordan was sent off so we had to play the remainder of the match with 10 men. The players showed a lot of character by staying in the game and actually pulled another goal back through a good finish by Harry, 2-3.

We had a chance to level but Mower’s strike went narrowly wide and in the last 5 minutes with our legs tiring Bramford scored two further goals to make the final score 2-5.

In summary Bramford were a strong outfit and must have a good chance of promotion. However we stayed in the game even with 10 men and gave them a fright in the second half. Unfortunately individual errors and a lack of discipline cost us today, but the players should be pleased with the character they showed.

The Reserves went down 4-1 away to Bacton A with the scorer Joe Moore.

Next week the Firsts are away to Stonham Aspel and the Reserves at home to Ufford Reserves.

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