After last week win against Soham Town Rangers, boss Graeme Smith made just the one change with Tevan Allen being introduced in place of Tyler Brampton, who took his place on the substitutes bench. Michael Gyasi and Nnamdi Nwachuku continued to support Ross Wall in attacking positions for the SeedGrowers after both players scored in last weeks important win over Soham.
In bitterly cold conditions, it was the home side who started the brighter of the two sides on the artificial surface. It was Bowers who created the first chance of the afternoon, however Lewis Manor was unable to use his height to his advantage as he headed his effort over Danny Sambridge’s cross bar. After dominating the open stages, the league leaders were rewarded from a corner kick. As Sambridge was unable to clear the danger from the corner, midfielder Callum Leahy was unmarked and made the SeedGrowers pay, heading the ball in to the back of the net in just the eighth minute. With the Coggeshall defence at sixes and sevens, Pitsea continued to pile on the pressure from all angles, enjoying lots of possession, especially in wide areas.
As Coggeshall began to panic, Bowers were wining corners with ease and looked destined to score every time they knocked on Coggeshall’s door. David Knight almost extended his sides lead, after his shot took a deflection of Curtis Haynes-Brown however it went just wide of Sambridge and the goal. The only time the home Goalkeeper, Andrew Wilton was required in the first half was to make a simple save from Conor Hubble after he mis-hit his acrobatic effort and Wilton was able to collect the ball with relative ease.
Half Time: Bowers & Pitsea 1-0 Coggeshall Town
Bowers started the second half how they played throughout the first half, with lots of possession without punishing the Coggeshall defence. Leahy should have scored his second goal of the game, just minutes in to the second half however his volley from the edge of the six yard box somehow ended up in the trees behind the goal, rather than in the back of the net. As the SeedGrowers started to put their bodies on the line, they began to get the better of their opponents and had even started to win the second balls. Coggeshall were rewarded for their improved start to the second half, after a quick counter attack. Michael Gyasi did well to control the ball on the half-way line, before releasing Nnamdi Nwachuku in behind the defence. Nwachuku took one touch, before bending a beautiful effort in to the top corner of the net past Wilton who stood no chance, one-all. Following the equaliser, the SeedGrowers began to come to life and almost took the lead. A cross from Hubble was headed goalwards by Nwachuku however this time Wilton was able to make a smart save to keep the scoreline level. From the resulting corner, Nwachuku had another chance however he was unable to direct his free-header goal wards as it went wide of the post.
With the home side rattled, they were then very fortunate to not have been reduced to ten men. As Ross Wall received an obvious elbow to the back of his head, somehow the Pitsea captain, Martyn Stokes escaped with just a yellow card when on another day, he probably should have been shown a red. Despite their improvements, the Town were still looking vulnerable when defending set pieces. This again proved costly as Bowers scored their goal of the game, from another corner. As Bradley Warner delivered it from the right, Lewis Manor was able to climb the highest before powerfully heading the ball past Sambridge and in to the goal – the SeedGrowers had it all to do, again. With the match beginning to become stretched and the two sides starting to show what they were capable of, Coggeshall responded with another equaliser. Gyasi and Nwachuku linked up well again, with the later latching on to a pass from his team-mate, touching it past his defender and then Nwachuku unleashed a powerful effort which Wilton was only able to parry in to the back of his net! Coggeshall were level again…
With thirteen minutes remaining on the clock, Coggeshall were again made to pay for their inability to defend from corner kicks. Just like the second goal, Warner delivered it in to the box, Lewis Manor arrived on the edge of the six yard box, almost unchallenged to plant his header in to the back of net. Bowers had scored their third goal of the game, with all three goals courtesy of their corner kick routines. With the SeedGrowers determined to get themselves back level for a third time, manager Smith began to make tactical changes – the first of which was Ace Howell replacing Syrus Gordon. But, the initial change failed to create a goal scoring opportunity of any note, which saw Sam Bantick replace Tevan Allen with two minutes remaining on the clock however the SeedGrowers were still unable to find a third equaliser as Bowers & Pitsea walked away from the game with all three points.
Full Time: Bowers & Pitsea 3-2 Coggeshall Town
Bowers & Pitsea:
Andrew Wilton, Ryan Sammons, Thomas Stephens, Martyn Stokes, Lewis Clark, Callum Leahy, Quentin Monville, Ben Sartain, Lewis Manor, David Knight, Bradley Warner.
Tom Hine, James Thomas, Jamie Dicks, Max Cornhill, Luke Hirst.
Danny Sambridge, Tevan Allen, Curtis Haynes-Brown, Syrus Gordon, Dexter Peter, Jamie Shaw, Michael Gyasi, Conor Hubble, Nnamdi Nwachuku, Ross Wall, George Cocklin.
Tyler Brampton, Ace Howell, Emmanuel Foralin, Sam Bantick, Aryton Coley.