Bergholt Heath YFC – Results 13th May 2012

The final match of the 2011-12 season for Bergholt Heath was our Under 13s playing their last league match away to Stanway Rovers, which actually took place on the Poors field due to continued water-logging at Spring Lane.  Bergholt started this match far better than against the same opposition on Tuesday evening, and took the game to Stanway in what was an evenly matched contest.  Bergholt took the lead after 10 minutes when a good move down the right allowed Antonio Sabini time and space on the edge of the box to curl a left-footed effort into the top corner for his 27th goal of the season. Stanway Rovers seemed a little shocked and a few minutes later it was almost 2-0 when more good play carved them open, only for the striker to hit the post.  Stanway worked their way back into the game and almost a carbon copy of the Bergholt goal saw their striker curl the ball into the top of the net to equalise before half time. Two superb goals to grace what was proving to be an entertaining game.

The second half continued in much the same fashion as the first, although Stanway were dropping deeper looking to hit Bergholt on the break.  From one such move Stanway took the lead when an opportunist shot from just inside the box squirmed under the diving body of the Bergholt ‘keeper and trickled over the line.   Bergholt continued to pour forward but as time wore on the play got increasingly ragged.   There were some moments when it looked like they would equalise; a header over the bar from a corner, a shot that clipped off the top of the bar and another just wide, but in the end the game petered out to confirm a disappointing end to the season with a 2-1 defeat – the first back to back losses for the team against the only team to do the ‘double’ over them. Bergholt Heath ‘man of the match’: Gianni Sabini.

Looking back over the Under 13’s season, it was successful and could have proved to be a winning one, but in the end it fizzled out a little; two semi final defeats in both the Open and League Cups, and a second-placed finish in the “A” league, having done the ‘double’ over the champions!  After Sundays game the manager of the team, Dominic Sabini, confirmed that he would be leaving the Club after 5 seasons as both his boys have been approached to play in the higher “Eastern Junior Alliance League”, where they will be playing teams from Essex, Hertfordshire and Suffolk. Simon Ashurst has agreed to step in to his shoes. Thanks Dominic, and welcome Simon.

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