On Tuesday 25th February William Ransom played Ickleford in a home game in the semi-final of the boys’ Wix Cup.
After a day of mixed weather the match got underway in watery sunshine under a fading rainbow. Ickleford started the game on the attack and Louix made a few early saves and the defence had to work hard. The first goal came from some goalmouth confusion when the Ickleford keeper failed to clear the ball. A toss up to whether it is Craig or Oliver who is claiming the goal!
Ickleford fought back and shortly after Louix failed to hold onto a shot across the goal mouth and they equalised. Charlie worked hard and running through the defence sent the ball high over the crossbar and shortly after Ickleford put another goal in past Louix. William Ransom in reply sent the ball forward and Charlie and Oliver made a great move forward and Oliver equalised, 2-2.
Ickleford surged forward spurred on by their teacher and supporters and scored. William Ransom fought back and Ben ran through from the back to equalise 3-3. Once again Ickleford responded with some fierce attacking, William Ransom defended well but with only 6 minutes to go Ickleford went 4-3 ahead. When everyone thought the game was over Oliver got on the end of a through ball and equalised 1 minute before the whistle.
At 4-4 the game had an extra 2minutes each way through torrential hailstones and with the score equal at the end of extra time penalties were to be the decider. It was here due to some great penalties and some super saves by Louix that William Ransom lost out and Ickleford go through as winners to meet Whitehill in the final.
Well done boys. With a final league game against Cockernhoe next week the end of season rally looms ever nearer. The rally is on Saturday 22nd March. A friendly against St. Andrew’s on the 2nd April will see the end of football competition for this season.