Lakenheath 1-0 Woodbridge Town
By Rob Binns
Woodbridge Town suffered a heart-breaking 1-0 defeat to Lakenheath falling victim to a goal from the last kick of the game.
Just as it looked like neither side could do enough to win it, Jamie R Smith’s goal made the difference in a game that saw Kane Michaels and Armani Schaar both given a 10-minute sin bin for dissent by referee Rhys Taylor.
The hosts almost took an immediate lead, breaking in behind following some poor kick-off play from the Peckers but Alfie Stronge was on hand to produce a double save to deny Cam Nicholls and then Luke Young.
Lakenheath went close to an opener after 13 minutes when Lewis Mar’s corner was met unchallenged at the back post by Karl Saffory but his header came back out off the far post.
Two minutes later it was the Peckers who almost took the lead when Armani Schaar broke down the right and cut a low ball back across the box for Ryan Keeble but he dragged his effort just wide of the mark.
Woodbridge went close again in the 20th minute from the same combination as Schaar again found space and laid the ball off for Keeble who hit the target on this occasion but saw his low shot saved.
The hosts almost went in front in the 60th minute with a helping hand from the pitch when Young drove down the right and cut back for Smith, his shot was weak but took a nasty bobble which forced a reaction save from Stronge.
The end of the game was filled with frustration aimed towards the referee with both sides losing a player to a 10-minute sin bin for dissent.
Michaels was first to go with the Peckers failing to capitalise as Schaar followed him two minutes later with both only returning to the pitch for stoppage time.
Lakenheath almost nicked it in the 86th minute when Saffory flicked on a wide free kick to Nicholls who hit a volley goalwards but Stronge was able to hold it.
The hosts won it with literally the last kick of the game as the Peckers committed bodies forward for a free kick and Smith countered down the right from a long ball, breaking into the box before slotting past the onrushing Stronge.
The cruellest defeat for the Peckers to take but they will be hoping to bounce back when they welcome Ely City to Notcutts Park on Saturday.
Lakenheath: Bilham, Maniels, Mar, Bailey (Collins 22), Saffory, King, Bailey, JA Smith, JR Smith, Young, Nicholls Unused: Edward, Taylor
Woodbridge: Stronge, Harvey, Rea (Allen 70), Southgate, Wiggins, Panich, Keeble (Morrison 84), Bolt, Schaar, Trotter, Mallett Unused: Young, Clark