Coggeshall Town suffered their first defeat of the season in a hard fought game with Felixstowe. The match got underway in front of a sizeable crowd with a good following travelling down from Felixstowe. The West Street pitch was in tremendous shape again on a hot and sunny day as the opening exchanges in the game were pretty even with both teams taking the time to have a good look at each other. There was a good tempo to the game with both teams looking to go forward as the half progressed. Chances were few and far between but Coggeshall looked more likely to score with Nnamdi Nwachuku going close on a couple of occasions. The deadlock was broken after 30 minutes after Nwachuku latched onto a through ball to get beyond the visitors defenders only to be pulled down by for a penalty. Nwachuku picked himself up to dispatch the penalty well to give ” The Town ” the lead. The goal didn’t really change the pattern of play with both defences looking comfortable with not much in the way of goalmouth action. As the half time whistle went the home team deserved their slender lead.After the break Coggeshall started to dominate their opponents as they looked to extend their lead creating plenty of
After the break Coggeshall started to dominate their opponents as they looked to extend their lead creating plenty of chances, Josce Syrett and Conor Hubble both went close and Jack Curtis brought a good save from the Felixstowe keeper. At the other end Darren Behcet was a virtual spectator in the Coggeshall goal as the home team piled on the pressure. Felixstowe were defending well to keep the scoreline 0-1 as ” The Town ” couldn’t convert their possession into another goal. On the hour there was a real twist as some sloppy defending by the home team led to the referee awarding Felixstowe a somewhat dubious penalty which they scored from to level things up. Coggeshall continued to press after the equaliser and looked certain to still go on and win the game as Felixstowe looked content to hang on for a draw. With the match entering the final stages Coggeshall continued to pile on the pressure without scoring the all important second goal. With 86 minutes on the clock Felixstowe managed to break away and force a corner, from the resulting kick they scored with a header from close range against the run of play to turn the scoreline on its head. Coggeshall threw everything at the Felixstowe backline in the final minutes but couldn’t manage an equaliser before the final whistle, meaning the visitors somehow managed to take all 3 points from a game that they had spent most of the time defending in.
It was a harsh result on Coggeshall who had played well from start to finish but credit to Felixstowe who hung in there and nicked it at the end to remain unbeaten. The team have the chance to get back to winning ways on Tuesday night when they are on the road at Saffron Walden.