Woodbridge 1st XI beat Ipswich 1st XI 4 – 3.
Having played two very exciting games of football last season against Ipswich this was an eagerly anticipated fixture. Some of last year’s players have moved on but the Woodbridge squad looked like a strong line-up; this was their first chance to play together and so inevitably some of the on-field relationships took a little time to flourish. Early on, Seb pounced on a poor clearance to notch from close range and he added to the lead with a well taken header after a sweetly-delivered corner from Joe. Just before half-time the impressive Danny N, on debut, powered home from short range from yet another dangerous set piece. The call at half-term was to keep both nerve and composure and see out the inevitable bombardment that Ipswich would throw at us in an effort to get back into the game. Alas, the Woodbridge character was lacking the necessary steel and Ipswich stole two quick goals which really put us under pressure. As time went on the game was very much in the balance but Joe settled our nerves a little when he burst forward to meet Harry’s cross and headed us into a 4 – 2 lead. But Ipswich came at us again and scored which led to a frenetic and tense last five minutes. The Woodbridge back four, who had been pretty strong all game, held on for a great win. Well played to all the boys, especially Jake, Danny N, Lewis and Charles who all made their debuts in such a combative and competitive game.