Men’s 2s crowned league champions!
On Saturday 14th March our men’s 2nd XI were crowned Champions of Division 4 NE. Congratulations to all involved on a magnificent season! Here is Saturday’s winning match report compiled by Captain Mike Anderson:
“After last week’s demolition of an under-par and under-strength Pelican’s team and ensuring promotion, Felixstowe needed just to avoid losing to be crowned league Champions.
It was to be the culmination of two seasons worth of hard work, and perhaps the pressure, along with a pitch which has never suited this side, which was the reason for the slow start.
In fact, the entire first half was almost dreadful to watch. The travelling support and substitutes looked on in horror as a pumped City side took the lead – and deservedly so.
Felixstowe 1-0 down, and not able to put their sticks on the ball and play anything close to the standard they were expected to play – which was an expectation even shared by the home team and their supporters.
It fell to Steve Taylor to score and settle the Champions-elect. The 52yr old, scoring his 30th league goal of the season which also happened to be the clubs 100th scored in 21 matches.
At half time, Captain and Vice issued words of calm, and put forward a tactical change to stir, and create more opportunities than Felixstowe deserved from their first half performance.
It was to prove spot on with Taylor getting his second.
Man of the Match Marcus Long scored the sides 3rd goal after a fabulous interchange with Phil Leney, who then put the 4th goal on a plate for youngster James Gorski. The final 15 minutes saw Leney come into his own. He is easily one of the most skilful players in the league, and showed just that by rounding five City players and beating the keeper. Striker Gorski scored his first goal for the team.
Felixstowe have previously run games away from their opposition when in this mood, but huge credit should go to City. They pulled another goal back, but for them it only served to remind Felixstowe of their defensive duties.
The game ended with Felixstowe dominant, but unable to capitalise on more outstanding running from the attacking midfield trio of David Goode, Leney and Long. Final score saw Felixstowe winning the league with a 4-2 win.