Mens 5th Team vs Ipswich Cranes (Home (L) W 9-2)
Due to work commitments Cranes had only eight players available for this weekends match but to their credit arrived at Magpies to fulfil their league fixture.
Not surprisingly Magpies dominated possession but early on did not move the ball wide enough and early enough to find a way round the Cranes defence. However eventually the number superiority told and Toby Hughes opened the scored when a Tom Caston pass found Toby unmarked in front of goal. The second following swiftly after, Andy Caston volleying in a bouncing ball.
Cranes did not give up and Chris Flatt in Magpies goal was forced to make a save after 15 minutes with a well worked counter act and scoring opportunity. Magpies responded and at the other end Ed Brice put a sharp chance over the bar after a good first save by the Cranes keeper, Andy Johnson’s shot was illegally stopped on the line but Jake Caston hit the post with the resulting penalty stroke so it took Andy Caston to add his second to move the score board on to 3 – 0.
However, lax defending then allowed Cranes to get a goal back. Just reward for their hard work.
Tom Caston then made it onto the score sheet and just before half time Jake Caston add another to give Magpies a comfortable 5 – 1 score line at half time. The Caston family scoring 4 of these five goals with father leading the bragging rights with a brace of goals to his sons one a piece.
With the second half underway it was all going to be about moving the ball to spread play and open up space in front of goal. Quick decision making, unselfish play and pass quality would make the difference and when Magpies did this well opportunities were created. Three quick passes on the right gave Toby Hughes a simple chance to tap in from close range. When Magpies over-elaborated or became complacent Cranes broke down possession and looked dangerous in attack. One such Cranes breakaway led to a short corner and another goal, a well struck first shot, 6-2.
Ed Brice showing good control and a calm head made it 7, James Bensly made it eight and finally Tom Caston diverted an Andy Johnson shot which was going wide into the net to finish off the scoring…just before the electronic score board ran out of numbers. Final result 9-2 moving Magpies up into a mid-table position at an early stage in this years Division 5 NE league.