Coggeshall Town v Hullbridge Sports. 22nd February 2020
With the improvement in the recent weather, the players and fans were looking forward to the first game for two weeks. It was sunny with a strong wind blowing straight down the pitch from the Clubhouse end. Graeme Smith made two changes to the starting eleven with Jayden Gipson coming in for the injured Marc Gorbell and Kieran Bailey replacing the suspended Tevan Allen. In addition, Rokas Janilionis was added to the subs bench.
With the wind behind them, the Town were on the front foot straight from the kick-off. Aryton Coley, Ross Wall and Nnamdi Nwachuku were looking lively going forward and the Town mid-field, Frankie Hession-Harris, Kieran Bailey and the lively Ethan Kessel were controlling the play in the middle of the pitch. On five minutes Nnamdi, who was looking to keep his impressive goal scoring form going shot just wide. On nine minutes, Aryton was just beaten to a through ball by the Hullbridge keeper. One minute later Ross Wall fired just wide from 25 yds. The young Hullbridge side were trying to push forward when they had the ball but were getting little joy from the Town back four. Ross with his shooting boots on fired just over the bar on fifteen minutes, Town had made and impressive start.
Town had now settled into a rhythm and were attacking from the back; Captain Joe Claridge and Tyler Brampton were getting forward down the wings at every opportunity. On twenty-five minutes, Town started a period off constant pressure; first Aryton got in a shot from the edge of the box, a goal followed shortly after with Nnamdi heading home from a Ross Wall cross. This was Namndi’s fourth goal in four games. Finally, Aryton scored on 32 minutes with a cross shot to score his first goal for the club. This was well deserved, as he had been a constant threat to the Hullbridge defence with his strong running and his strength on the ball. There was one more chance for the Town before half time, the Hullbridge keeper making a great save from a Kieran Bailey shot. Town had been the better side in the first half and looked good for their lead.
HALF TIME: Coggeshall Town 2 v 0 Hullbridge Sports
The second half started with Hullbridge playing with the wind. Town played with a very high line, pushing their forwards up the pitch and making it difficult for Hullbridge to use the long ball to try to unsettle the Town defence. Their first attempts all ended with a Town goalkick as the ball kept running out of play. On fifty-one minutes, Nnamdi virtually sealed the points with his second goal making it five goals in four games since his return.
Town made their first substitution five minutes later; Frankie Hession-Harris who had pulled up with a thigh strain being replaced by Jack Simmons. Jack instantly put the Hullbridge defence under more pressure with some delightful wing play, laying several good crosses into the box but no further goals followed. Town controlled the game for the rest of the half. The Coggeshall defenders Tyler Brampton, Josh Pollard, Jayden Gipson and Joe Claridge kept the Hullbridge forwards quiet, restricting them to a couple of opportunities that never really troubled Jake Jessup in the Town Goal. As the game drew to a close, Town made two more substitutions Frerico Hernandez replaced Aryton Coley who was applauded off by the Town fans for his all action display, which he had capped with his first goal. Then Toby Barlow replaced Ross Wall, who was also applauded off the pitch for his performance, laying on two of the goals and winning the Supporters Club Man of the Match for the third time since its inception.
The Management and players should be very pleased with the result and the three points that keep the side in six place and in touch with the play-off places. Once again, a good match to watch with Town playing entertaining football, scoring three goals and sending the Coggeshall fans home happy.
FULL TIME: Coggeshall Town 3 v 0 Hullbridge Sports