v AFC Sudbury Reserves (away) – 21/12/19

A 3G pitch in Suffolk was
The venue for our match,
The King’s Marsh Stadium: decent
And points we hoped to snatch!

Two former Shannocks youth starlets
Would net to win the game –
Young sixteen year old Alex Smith
And Captain Cox took aim!

On twenty, Smith’s debut goal came
But no time they would waste,
And Sudbury equalised most quick –
Our clean sheet soon defaced.

After the break a free kick on
The right saw Cary shoot,
The Suds keeper palmed it away
But Coxy – we salute!

He followed in and with his head
Restored the Shezza lead,
A fab away win for the club!
More confidence shall breed!

Next up it is the derby match
Focus will eager eyes,
The crowd may be in vocal mood
From all those scoffed mince pies!

Let’s hope the game against the Ghosts
Will get Weybourne Road rocking,
And we leapfrog them up the league
Providing a full stocking!

v Haverhill Borough – 14/12/19

In Arctic-like conditions Shez

Were hoping for three points,

An early Christmas treat for fans

To go with their roast joints.

With barely ten mins on the clock

A piece of Cary skill

And classy pass across the box

Was smashed home for one nil!

The goalscorer, one Lawrence Cheese

Just did not give Edam,

And slaughtered Borough defenders

With pure ease – lamb by lamb!

A red card shown put Haverhill 

Quite harshly down to ten,

And for another Shannocks goal

It was not if, but when…

After the break a sub lino

“Unfit,” entered the fray,

He was “flagging” right from the off

To him, though, thanks we say!

The Splash end on forty-nine saw

Tim Cary make it two,

He hammered home, as in the stand

Most Shannocks voices grew!

With ice cold lips and numbing toes

The flag, again, hung proud,

And as the lads fought for the shirt

The Cheers (and jeers) flowed loud!

Jacko had not much to save, then

The Goal King made it three,

Lashing home in true poacher-style,

Another hungry spree.

Shezza kept on plugging away

And after eighty-eight,

Big Cheese completed his brace too

His debut – truly grate!

He chased the ball down then placed home

To bulge the net once more,

The Haverhill keeper – stranded

As on the score sheet: four!

The Reds’ attack – in great waves

Provided longshore drift,

The football played was outstanding

Causing all gloom to shift!

Next week we trek down to Sudbury

Whilst up the league we go;

A Merry Christmas to you all

This season’s holiday football

Against Fakenham should enthral

Supporters; Ho-Ho-Ho!

v Framlingham Town – 7/12/19

A chilly winter’s afternoon

With Christmas on its way

Saw presents handed out early

In one gutsy display.

With only seconds on the clock

A truly world class strike

From Tim Cary – thirty yards out

Net-busted – Messi-like!

The Reds carved out chances galore

But then – a gruesome blot

Blighted the atmosphere as Fram

Scored with a fiery shot.

Step up, though, Mr No Nonsense

The hard man, Mr Boyce,

Who got stuck in and won a pen

Causing us to rejoice!

Tim Cary smashed from twelve yards out

The keeper made the save,

But Shannocks goal-king followed up:

Victory path he would pave!

Ice cold wind swept and floodlights beamed,

The second half kicked off,

Knees trembled and my ears picked up

Many a wheezy cough!

Young Smith dug deep and top scorer

Cary could have bagged more,

We had the key to Fram’s defence

And charged on through the door.

Somehow the game remained 2-1

Faces pulled in the stand,

Teeth grated hard and gasps billowed

And hair thinned strand by strand!

As time ticked on, the visitors

Determined – almost scored,

Then, at long last, man of the match

Boycey (The Rec Landlord)

Broke free and span and blasted home

Three points we would collect;

For Fram and fan Ed Sheeran this

Result was not Perfect!

Next week we are at home again

We welcome Haverhill,

If you can, visit Weybourne Road

You shall receive a thrill!

v King’s Lynn Town Reserves (away) – 30/11/19

In scarf and hat weather we roamed

To Wisbech, to the west

In search of points against the Lynn,

Another tricky test.

The Linnets started well, although

Chances we did create;

But keyless were us Shannocks and

Padlocked was their floodgate!

Jacko would make a decent save

But soon, again, we’d need,

To step it up another gear

As King’s Lynn took the lead.

An own goal put the hosts in front

(Which overall was fair),

And just after the hour we

Were in need of a prayer!

The Lynn went two up, but the Reds

Should have pulled one straight back,

Somehow Kerry, deep in the box

Gave netbusting the sack!

Boycey looked good when he came on

Goals would, though, still evade 

Yet Cary (Shannocks goal machine)

To shoot – was unafraid.

The bar rattled – and then, at last

We scored with five to go,

Tim Cary adding to his list

But up the game would sew.

It’s three defeats now on the trot

But fear not, do not weep,

The Castlemen visit next week

And the faith we will keep!

v Downham Town (away) – 23/11/19

The ground was very open

(And so was our defence),

But, at least at Weybourne Road

We have a wooden fence!

Memorial Field in Downham was

The venue – and we’d find

Two internationals for Shez

Had recently just signed!

With Cayman Islanders snapped up

From kick-off – after two

Minutes, Tim Cary’s world class strike

From twenty plus yards flew

Into the top left corner, but

A minute it would take

Before the hosts would equalise

Causing cold heads to shake!

And shortly after, once again

The Town broke free to score,

Whilst next door in the public rec

A doggy pooped once more!

Both goals were firm strikes in the box

Finding the corner, low;

And whistle-happy referee

When Town roared – loud he’d blow!

Jacko would save a penalty

And straight after the break,

The Shannocks stepped it up and gave

The hosts a bottom-quake!

Sadly a second goal was shy

And late on in the match,

The league leaders added a brace

As hands did wildly scratch.

With key players missing, Shezza

Still put in a good shift;

And next week versus King’s Lynn we

Shall hope that at full-time we’ll be

Returning having won all three

Points; at last a lift!

v Norwich CBS – 12/11/19

In freezer-like conditions, we

Took on a team of twelve,

The referee was keen to blow

And for our “faults” he’d delve.

Impartial he was sadly not,

And just before the break

The visitors would take the lead

But positives we’d take.

Ben Boyce’s lob bounced off the bar

And Jarvis had returned,

But inconsistent decisions

Were most clearly confirmed.

All 50-50s went the way

Of Norwich CBS,

And cards flew out in nonsense style

Such bias – to excess!

The Shannocks dug deep; almost scored

But finally worn down

The Norwich side bagged their second

And home fans’ hopes did drown.

Right at the end the CBS

Would score again once more,

The goal was taken very well

Their finishing top drawer.

A side very hard to break down

Also decent up front,

Took their chances and deserved all

Three points, if being blunt.

The cosy clique may well not wish

Us in their league to stay,

But Sheringham shall fight on proud –

We’re not going away!

v Ipswich Wanderers – 9/11/19

A crisp afternoon at The Rec

Saw Shezza back on track,

The unforced errors and mishaps

Were both given the sack!

Although the Wanderers began

With supersonic speed,

They missed a pen and hit the bar;

Then, at last, took the lead.

A through ball caught defenders out

The strike – not very grand,

But sadly it still found the net

With help from Jacko’s hand.

The Shannocks tried to equalise 

But no goal would arrive,

Until the second period

When The Reds came alive!

A debut for Smith off the bench

Helped turn the game around,

The Shez controlled the second half

And soon were three points bound!

Smith’s magic feet and classy chip

Allowed Boycey to shoot,

And burst the Ipswich keeper’s net

With laces of his boot.

With fifteen left the Shannocks climbed

Another ladder rung,

And soon after the visitors

At last were truly stung!

More passing, neat, allowed Crosby

To drill one hard and low,

Causing all home fans to erupt –

Dish out the killer blow!

On Tuesday C.B.S. visit

Let’s hope to cause more trouble

And beat the Norwich side again,

An excellent league double!

v Diss Town (away) – 2/11/19

In South Norfolk: Dissappointment

Took hold on Saturday,

The Reds battled and got stuck in

But fortune went astray.

The Tangerines were first to net,

A tame strike trickled in;

Straight after though, short passing, neat

Tossed their lead in the bin!

A lovely finish from Abbott

Put Shezza back on track,

But as we looked like scoring more

In defence we would crack.

The hosts broke through and skied a shot

When Coxy’s tackle: late,

Resulted in a penalty

Causing teeth sets to grate!

Fuller’s strike sneaked home and as

The drizzle flow rained on

After the break the clock ticked fast

And all hope soon had gone.

It was great to see, off the bench

Eadie take to the pitch,

Before, a soft goal, once again

Ensured a point we’d ditch.

A brawl erupted at the death

And Davies was shown red,

The referee was very weak

And must have bumped his head!

Next week: Bring on the Wanderers

From Ipswich up they’ll come,

And all this Dissarray shall fade,

We’ll cheer and not look glum…

v Cornard United – 26/10/19

Although October we are in

This season’s pantomime

Began early in Sheringham –

At The Rec post-half time!

The Christmas gifts were handed out –

Accepted gratefully,

All signs of common sense had gone

In smoke up the chimney!

The first half saw the Shannocks boss

But goals, somehow, evade,

The bar was clipped and chances missed

Before the Ards’ quick raid.

After the restart two cheap goals

Were gifted to Cornard,

But straight after Cary’s reply

All hopes were truly scarred!

The Reds’ keeper, well off his line

(Almost in the North Sea)

Allowed, straight from the kick off, Ards

To lob home easily.

The Shannocks made subs – and with ten

Cornard were looking tired,

Tiago’s run and zippy cross

Again, up the crowd: fired!

3-2 and Shezza looking like

A third would soon arrive,

But then the comedy aspect

Proved it was still alive!

‘Is the keeper on his line?’

‘Oh no, again, he’s NOT!’

And when the Blues won back the ball

Their player took a pot!

Another daft goal on the sheet

And all home fans did scratch

Their heads whilst saying, most confused:

‘How did we lose that match?!!’

Next week we’re on the road again

We journey down to Diss,

And, fingers crossed, we will give that

Mad nonsense stuff a miss!

v Felixstowe and Walton United Reserves – 19/10/19

Fresh from their hibernation

The Reds awoke in style,

Although – for all cogs to turn fast

It did take quite a while.

The Shannocks started brightly, but

Against the run of play

Felixstowe took an early lead,

Then Rogers said, ‘I’ll play!’

He smashed home from 25 yards

Top corner his shot flew,

And then without a single doubt

The Reds’ confidence grew!

Remaining 1 – 1 at the break

The lads returned on fire,

And with a quick one-two Cary’s

Finish was to admire.

Ben Boyce – the workhorse – bagged the third

His strike beating the bar,

And Abbott – who ran his heart out

(A Shannocks superstar)

Burst through and finished cool, with ease

The keepers’ hand: too weak,

And shortly after, Tim Cary –

A hat trick he would seek!

His second thumped the net and there

Was still time to add more,

But next week at home to Cornard 

We’re ready – that’s for sure!

Another great win at The Rec

The Seasiders – outclassed,

The sun has beamed down once again,

We need not feel downcast!

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