Result: Hemingford Red 3 Alconbury 3

It was fitting that for our last match of the season we had our full squad available for the first time. What a match it was and it typified the boys spirit that they have displayed throughout the season. I cannot praise the boys enough. After 10 minutes we were 3-0 down. We knew and discussed the strengths of the Alconbury team before the match. They possess a couple of quick players who have scored and assisted in an abundance of goals and we recognised that if the ball was played in front of them they would be a danger. Indeed this is how they scored their first goal. We were then guilty of allowing an Alconbury player a free header from a corner and we were soon 2-0 down. When Alconbury scored their third after just 10 minutes it would have been easy for the boys to drop their heads but the boys have proved on many occasions they have great spirit and desire. Callum Franklin and Kai Hickinson both came on and immediately had a positive impact by closing down the Alconbury players and winning the ball back. This rubbed off on the rest of the players and suddenly there was an urgency from our team. We started playing the football we are capable of and have been displaying most of the season. The boys were rewarded for a good team move with an excellent finish from captain Leon Tinker who drilled a shot from the edge of the area. That goal inspired the boys and we soon enjoying most of the action. Before half time we were awarded a free-kick. Leon had scored a couple of goals recently from free-kicks and mentioned before the match that he hoped to have another chance. His wish came true and he scored yet another great free-kick which dipped underneath the crossbar. It was 3-2 to Alconbury at half time. In the second half possession of the ball was equal but Alconbury did have a couple of good chances to extend their lead. With only 5 minutes remaining it seemed Alconbury had scored what would have been a decisive fourth goal when their winger hit a rasping shot at an angle but somehow Spencer Cordery tipped the ball over the crossbar for a corner. That save proved to be crucial because in injury time Dan Phillips beat his marker with a piece of skill and cut the ball back to the edge of the penalty area for Leon Tinker to hit a driving shot in the top corner for his hat-trick and the teams equaliser. What a comeback by the boys and a wonderful way to end the season! Jake Hooper and Bertie Kemp were again solid in defence and along with Leon Tinker, were men of the match.The squad was; Spencer Cordery, Jake Hooper, Bertie Kemp, Brandon Jack, Harvey Cantrell, Dan Phillips, Leon Tinker, Robert McCrossan, Tom Best, Ciaran Lyne, Tom Lynn, Logan Wareing, Ethan Pettit, Kai Hickinson, Callum Franklin, Sam Pryor.

Result: Hemingford Red 1 Godmanchester Blue 1

This was a very close encounter between two well matched teams which fittingly ended in a draw. By and large the midfield was bypassed by Godmanchester which meant we had to alter the way we normally play. The Godmanchester striker is the leading goalscorer in our League and their tactic was to get the ball to him as quickly and often as possible. This resulted in us moving Leon Tinker to central defence to withstand this but also to enable us to also get the ball quickly into the Godmanchester half of the pitch. Throughout the match Leon Tinker and Bertie Kemp were outstanding in dealing with the striker. Jake Hooper also had another fine match at right-back. Dan Phillips was always a threat to Godmanchester when he had the ball at his feet and a fine run of his almost ended in the first goal of the match. Shortly afterwards we were awarded a free-kick a few yards outside the Godmanchester area. For the second match running Leon Tinker struck a wonderful free-kick to leave the goalkeeper with no chance. Callum Franklin came on during the first half to make his debut for Hemingford. At half time we led 1-0. The second half was even but we created very few opportunities whereas Godmanchester did have a few half chances. Godmanchester equalised when their leading goalscorer took one of the chances that came his way. There were no further goals and the boys were disappointed at the end not to have won. This shows how much the team has progressed because Godmanchester have finished third in the League and won 2-0 earlier in the season. The Hemingford squad was; Spencer Cordery, Harvey Cantrell, Jake Hooper, Bertie Kemp, Leon Tinker, Tom Best, Robert McCrossan, Kai Hickinson, Logan Wareing, Tom Lynn, Dan Phillips, Ciaran Lyne, Callum Franklin.

Result: Hemingford Red 1 Whittlesey 3

What a performance from the 10 boys! Playing against the League champions we only had 10 players available and in the second half we played with 9 after Dan Phillips had to come off due to an injury. Throughout the match the boys played with heart and skill. Whittlesey paid our team the ultimate compliment by playing throughout with 11 players even when we played the second half with 9. The reason being is that we gave them a great match and the result was in doubt until Whittlesey scored a late third goal. Whittlesey scored their first after just 2 minutes but the boys heads did not drop and they more than matched Whittlesey and were unlucky to be 1-0 down at half time. Any fears the boys might tire in the second half with only 9 was allayed with a wonderful performance. In an even second half Whittlesey scored their second with 15 minutes to go but shortly afterwards Leon Tinker scored a wonderful free-kick into the top corner. Tom Best almost equalised straight afterwards. The boys deserve much credit and this was summarised when the Whittlesey coach came over to the post match team talk to praise the boys not only for their effort but their performance. All 10 boys deserve to be named; Spencer Cordery, Jake Hooper, Brandon Jack, Harvey Cantrell, Ethan Pettit, Tom Best, Leon Tinker, Robert McCrossan, Dan Phillips, Tom Lynn.

Result: Somersham 1 Hemingford Red 4

We had a squad of 12 players available for our away match at Somersham. We played the first half with the wind behind us and largely dominated. We created and spurned a couple of decent chances before Dan Phillips tried his luck with a long range effort which went through the Somersham goalkeeper for our first goal. Soon afterwards Bertie Kemp went on a run down the left side but his well struck shot hit the side netting. The team played some very good football in the first half and Tom Best found space to create the second goal, playing a through ball beyond the Somersham defence for Tom Lynn to score with an instinctive shot. A well taken goal. Somersham as expected were determined though and it looked like they had pulled a goal back, only for a fantastic save by Spencer Cordery who somehow clawed the ball from the goal line underneath the crossbar. Right on the stroke of half time Tom Best scored our third. The ball sat up a long way from goal but Tom showed great technique in hitting a dipping shot into the far corner of the net. This was an important goal knowing that the second half would be different with us playing against the wind. Ethan Pettit, Bertie Kemp and Jake Hooper were exceptional in defence throughout the match and this ensured there was no comeback from Somersham. Robert McCrossan played an important holding role in the centre of midfield, Ciaran Lyne covered a lot of ground and made many tackles, Dan Phillips, Leon Tinker and Tom Best were creative in midfield, Kai Hickinson and Logan Wearing shared the workload down the right side, Tom Lynn was always lively up front, and Spencer Cordery was yet again dominant in goal. For the first 10 minutes of the second half Somersham were having a real go at putting us under pressure and so it was a relief when a good team move ended with Leon Tinker driving into the Somersham penalty area and scoring with a ferocious strike. There was no way back for Somersham although to their credit they were rewarded for their persistence with a late goal. The Hemingford team played exceptionally well and fully deserved their victory. Bertie Kemp was man of the match for an immense performance in defence after switching from left midfield.

Result: Sawtry 3 Hemingford Red 4

We had a few players absent for our away match at Sawtry resulting in a squad of just 12. We spoke before the match that this would be a totally different match from the home match when we won 10-2. The first half was very even and both teams had a couple of good opportunities to score but did not take them. We did however score two excellent goals just before half time. First Bertie Kemp went on a great run down the left wing which ended with a fine shot beyond the Sawtry goalkeeper. Then Ethan Pettitt won the ball in our half with a great challenge which led to a fine team move in which Brandon Jack was instrumental. Fittingly Brandon finished the move with a wonderful curled shot into the top corner to give us a 2-0 half time lead. The next goal was going to be important in a keenly contested encounter and Sawtry got it at the start of the second half. We had a couple of chances to extend our lead which we did not take and Sawtry punished us by equalising midway through the second half. To the boys credit although they have played much better this season the desire was still strong to win the match. Tom Best showed this desire by dribbling around a couple of Sawtry players before drilling a shot in the bottom corner. We were soon 4-2 ahead when man of the match Leon Tinker went on a determined run down the right side and crossed for Dan Phillips to volley in with the outside of his right foot. Just when the team seemed to be guaranteed of the win Sawtry pulled a goal back with 5 minutes remaining. No further goals were scored during a fairly nervy ending to the match ensuring the team won 4-3. The team was; Spencer Cordery, Jake Hooper, Harvey Cantrell, Logan Wareing, Brandon Jack, Bertie Kemp, Leon Tinker, Dan Phillips, Tom Best, Tom Lynn, Kai Hickinson, Ethan Pettitt

Result: Hemingford Red 10 Sawtry 2

Our first match of 2015 was played in very wet and cold conditions but ultimately ended in a comprehensive victory. The team began very well and two goals inside the first 4 minutes from Robert McCrossan (one with his left and one with his right foot) both from corners taken by Leon Tinker gave us the perfect start. The conditions were difficult to play in but to the boys credit they played some very good football, passing and moving plus playing some great through balls beyond the Sawtry defence. Kai Hickinson was a threat down the right side, Ciaran Lyne caused the Sawtry defence problems and Jordan Ciliberto was linking play well from midfield to attack. Ciaran Lyne's persistence enabled him to score our third goal and not long after Robert McCrossan struck a sweet shot for his hat-trick and our fourth. Leon Tinker then hit a powerful shot to put us 5-0 up with only 20 minutes gone. Sawtry to their credit kept going and scored two quick goals to pull the score back to 5-2. Dan Phillips then scored a fine solo goal to ensure there was no comeback from Sawtry and soon afterwards Tom Lynn hit a great dipping shot to give us a 7-2 lead at half-time. The pitch conditions got worse in the second half and the boys continued to play good football plus showing great determination. It was that determination which Dan Phillips possessed to make it 8-2 before Jordan Ciliberto deservedly got on the scoresheet with two goals, again determination shown in getting to the ball before the Sawtry goalkeeper when it appeared unlikely. This was the end of the scoring giving us a 10-2 win. Robert McCrossan was man of the match not only for scoring a hat-trick and giving an all round solid performance, but also for setting the tone for the match with two early goals through his great desire and timing from corners. It was an all-round terrific display from the whole team; Spencer Cordery, Jake Hooper, Harvey Cantrell, Bertie Kemp, Kai Hickinson, Dan Phillips, Leon Tinker, Robert McCrossan, Tom Best, Jordan Ciliberto, Ciaran Lyne, Logan Wareing, Ethan Pettit, Tom Lynn, Brandon Jack.

Result: Hemingford 3 Godmanchester White 1

Our final match of 2014 was a closely contested match. We started very brightly and had an early goal wrongly ruled out for offside. It was a well worked team goal so was particularly disappointing not to be awarded the goal. We could have been 2-0 up in the first 15 minutes and were starting to wonder if it was not going to be our day. But after 20 minutes we were rewarded for our play with a well taken goal by Bertie Kemp. This however galvanised Godmanchester and we spent the last 10 minutes of the half on the back foot and were relieved to get to half time with still leading. At the start of the second half Godmanchester continued to press and equalised with a good team goal. To the boys credit, they responded with effort and guile. The match was very even and appeared destined to end 1-1 but with just a minute remaining Jordan Ciliberto managed to swivel inside the Godmanchester box and finish with aplomb. Then in added time Tom Best dribbled around a couple of Godmanchester defenders and neatly tucked away in the far corner to add a third goal. Fittingly the boys ended the year on a high, winning 3-1. Man of the match was Harvey Cantrell for an excellent performance in defence, timing interceptions to perfection. The boys also recognised another fine performance from Bertie Kemp who played the majority of the match as left midfield/winger as well as in defence towards the end of the match. Team; Spencer Cordery, Jake Hooper, Harvey Cantrell, Robert McCrossan, Kai Hickinson, Dan Phillips, Tom Best, Leon Tinker, Bertie Kemp, Jordan Ciliberto, Tom Lynn, Logan Wareing, Ciaran Lyne

Result: Hemingford Red 3 Ramsey 3

A match that either team could have won ended in a 3-3 draw. In the first half we were generally second to the ball and it was of no surprise when Ramsey took an early lead. The boys started to get into the match and a fine ball played over the Ramsey defence by Leon Tinker enabled Tom Lynn to collect the pass, run with the ball and lob the Ramsey keeper from outside the penalty area. A fine equaliser. Not long afterwards Ramsey responded with a similar goal, a ball played over our defence and their striker running on to it adding a decent finish. We were 2-1 down at half-time and relieved to still be in the match after a lacklustre first half performance. The boys gave a much better second half performance and equalised via a long range effort from Leon Tinker. With less than 10 minutes to go Leon Tinker played a long ball over the Ramsey defence and Ciaron Lyne took the ball in his stride, held off a challenge and struck a sweet shot inside the far post. Just as the team were heading for a 3-2 win Ramsey broke down our left and equalised with a minute left. Overall a draw was a fair result although the boys were disappointed to concede a goal so late in the match.

Result: Hemingford Red 1 Longstanton 3

Another good performance from the boys undeservedly ended in 3-1 defeat. At half time we led 1-0 with a fine team move ending in a great finish by Dan Philips.The team looked very solid and all 14 players played their part.In the second half although most of the possession was in our half Longstanton rarely troubled our goal. Longstanton were awarded a very dubious penalty with just over 15 minutes to play and equalised. This was the turning point of the match and Longstanton added two further goals after we had a goalmouth scramble at the Longstanton end with the score 1-1. Spencer Cordery made a fantastic save by tipping a free kick over the bar at the end of the match. Havery Cantrell and Robert McCrossan were jointly named man of the match.

Result: Longstanton 1 Hemingford Red 2

A great team performance culminated in a terrific 2-1 win at Longstanton. The first half was very even and the two teams were separated by a Longstanton penalty. Typical of the spirit shown by the team, the boys were galvanised in the second half and were rewarded with 2 goals from Jordan Ciliberto. The second of those goals was superbly created by Dan Philips. Spencer Cordery was again immense in goal and was named man of the match. The whole team deserve a mention for their performance; Spencer Cordery, Brandon Jack, Bertie Kemp, Harvey Cantrell, Leon Tinker, Tom Best, Kai Hickinson, Robert McCrossan, Logan Wareing, Jordan Ciliberto, Tom Lynn, Dan Philips, Ciaran Lyne, Alfie Dawson.

Result: Hemingford Red 5 Somersham 3

An enthralling cup match ended with a Hemingford victory. It was only our second home match of the season and ironically both against Somersham. The last match ended in a 1-0 win but this match was totally different. Somersham started the match the strongest and deservedly went ahead with a stunning long range shot from just inside our half. We were struggling to get hold of the ball and changed the formation to pack the midfield. Not long after we got an equaliser through a great through ball by Dan Phillips which Leon Tinker raced on to and finished with aplomb. It was 1-1 at half time with Spencer Cordery outstanding in goal and Bertie Kemp covering and clearing a couple of dangerous Somersham attacks. In the second half we carried on with the formation of packing the midfield with 6 players and started to dominate possession. Leon Tinker picked the ball up from a deflection off a Somersham defender and put us 2-1 ahead with a similar finish to the first goal. Soon afterwards Somersham won a free kick outside our penalty area and equalised with a great strike. This gave the visitors a lift but before the momentum switched in their favour, Leon Tinker picked the ball up just inside the Somersham half, ran with the ball and unleashed a ferocious shot which gave the goalkeeper no chance. A great hat-trick but Leon was not finished. Some pressure in the Somersham penalty area ended with Leon adding his, and our fourth. The team was playing well although it needed an outstanding save from Spencer Cordery to push the ball onto and over the crossbar to keep the score at 4-2. Ciaran Lyne came on as a substitute at half time as a striker and was holding the ball up well and linking play with the midfield. Dan Phillips went on a determined run and deservedly scored with a calm finish to make it 5-2. The match was over as a contest but Somersham are a determined team and scored a third in injury time to complete the scoring 5-3. The whole team, 15 players, played their part in a great team performance, especially in the second half and it was decided to award all 15 players as man of the match. All 15 players deserve a mention; Spencer Cordery, Jake Hooper, Leon Tinker, Logan Wareing, Kai Hickinson, Tom Best, Robert McCrossan, Harvey Cantrell, Bertie Kemp, Jordan Ciliberto, Tom Lynn, Kieran Weston, Dan Phillips, Ethan Pettit, Ciaran Lyne.

Result: Alconbury 4 Hemingford Red 1

An entertaining match ended in a 4-1 defeat at Alconbury. Before the match we recognised that Alconbury were a very good side going forward and in front of goal. That proved to be the case in this match. There were chances at both ends in the first half. Alconbury hit our crossbar a couple of times and Spencer Cordery was yet again excellent in our goal. Our defence kept to their tasks well and it took a good finish from Alconbury to separate the teams at half time. In that first half Dan Phillips had a couple of great runs on the counter attack which almost ended in a goal. At the start of the second half Alconbury scored a second with a sublime finish from long range. For the first two goals we conceded we could have made it more difficult for Alconbury by closing down the goalscorers. It is something the team can learn from and improve upon. We did have chances of our own and Bertie Kemp drove into the Alconbury penalty area and hit a vicious shot to bring the game back to 2-1. We then had a very good spell in the Alconbury half of moving the ball about and creating some half chances. Just as we were looking like an equaliser may not be far away, Alconbury broke on the counter attack and a well worked move and cross ended with an own goal created by pressure. That third goal seemed to change the match as Alconbury were lifted and we were rocked back. During the second half Spencer Cordery made some great saves and his handling throughout was excellent. He was named man of the match as well as Brandon Jack, Harvey Cantrell, Jordan Ciliberto and Bertie Kemp for excellent performances throughout. Kai Hickinson, Dan Phillips, Tom Best and Bertie Kemp went close to scoring in the second half but Alconbury added a late fourth to win 4-1.

Result: Ramsey 2 Hemingford Red 2

The boys fought back from 2-0 down with only a few minutes remaining to earn a well deserved draw at Ramsey. The first half had been very even with few chances at both ends. When Spencer Cordery was called upon he made a couple of great saves. Bertie Kemp at left back and Brandon Jack at right back were outstanding. The first half ended goalless. In the second half we had the wind behind us but conceded two goals when losing the ball and Ramsey broke on the counter attack. To the boys credit their heads did not drop and they started passing the ball around in midfield and through to the strikers. Suddenly most of the possession was in Ramsey's half and we had a couple of long range shots and corners. The pressure that was building resulted in the Ramsey goalkeeper spilling a long range shot and Kai Hickinson was on hand to turn, shoot and score. The boys were lifted by the goal and Ramsey were deeper in front of their own goal. With time running out man of the match Kai Hickinson tried his luck with a long range shot which the Ramsey goalkeeper misjudged and there was our equaliser! The match could have been won by either team at the end but the fair result was the draw. The whole team worked hard for each other and their team spirit was rewarded.

Result: Godmanchester Blue 2 Hemingford Red 0

Before the match against top of the table Godmanchester Blue their striker was identified as one to watch having scored 9 goals in 3 matches. Jordan Ciliberto was unavailable due to an injury so Harvey Cantrell and Robert McCrossan were selected as a Centre Half pairing and worked well together. The first half was very even and appeared to be destined to be goalless but from a counter attack their in form striker added to his goal tally to edge Godmanchester in front 1-0 at the break.

The second half was played largely in our half and Spencer Cordery in goal made some excellent saves. Godmanchester scored a second goal and to the boys credit their heads did not drop, they maintained great spirit until the end. Leon Tinker almost got us back in the game with a fine run but the Godmanchester goalkeeper came off his line to block Leon's shot.

Bertie Kemp gave another energetic performance on the pitch and Spencer Cordery was named man of the match for several outstanding saves.

 

Result: Hemingford Red 1 Somersham Town 0

Our first home match of the season was keenly contested and it took a 'thunderbolt' of a shot from Leon Tinker to separate the teams.

We welcomed Somersham Town and the first half was very even with few chances at either end. Both teams worked very hard and space was hard to find. Fittingly the first half ended goalless.

Throughout the match Jordan Ciliberto was commanding as sweeper. Jake Hooper, Harvey Cantrell, Bertie Kemp, and Logan Wareing were solid in defending as well good moving forward. Spencer Cordery positioning and vocal presence in goal was excellent.

In the second half Brandon Jack and Tom Lynn linked well and their movement was very good as we tried to stretch the excellent Somersham defence. Robert McCrossan, Ciaron Lyne, Kai Hickinson, Kieran Weston and Alfie Dawson also played their parts in a very solid team performance but just as the match appeared to be heading for a draw, man of the match Leon Tinker hit a ferocious shot from long distance which flew out of the Somersham goalkeepers reach for the winning goal.

Hunts Youth League restructure

Last season we were playing in the Hunts Youth League C Division. There have been a number of teams that have folded and therefore the Hunts Youth League has restructured our age group to an A and B division. We are in the B division for 2014-15.

There are 9 teams in our League; 4 of which we played last season and 4 that we have not played before. It is going to be a very competitive League and that will make it interesting for everyone concerned. The boys will play a minimum of 18 matches; 16 in the League and 2 cup matches of which there will be more if the boys progress.