Home V Boys

The last vets match of the season ,that has been the hardest season so far ,with teams folding  and the,weather terrible with many games called off.

We ended up playing 19 games 14 at home ,(credit to our pitch this season)and finished today with a brilliant 5-4 victory  against our annual fixture the Boys.

Both sides were struggling to get a team, we had 12 and the boys had 11. Perfect. No Linesmen ,up to the refs discretion We started  the match very sluggish and it was no surprise that after 15 mins we were 3-0 down.The match report will not have a lot of detail ,as I was also the ball boy ,manager  ,coach and talking to the large crowd.

2 touch got us back in the game with a snap shot from inside the 6 yd box. This got the boys rattled and the vets playing some lovely football  moving the ball quickly scored again when Sedge smashed 1 in from the edge of box. Next goal missed  sorry2 touch  didn’t see the goal H T. 3-3

We started 2nd half as we finished the first. Playing lovely football creating and missing a lot of chances. The boys did create a few chances but our keeper Kieran was in top form making some great saves.

The breakthrough came after 20 mins  when our man of the season Sedge produced a brilliant shot from the edge of the box  drilled into the top corner. The play was now getting stretched with both sides unable to make any changes.The boys were awarded a free kick about 20yds out. Kieran made a great save from the kick ,but his parry out hit Keystone cop Roy who lofted it back over his head to score an own goal .4-4 I must admit I was trying to get the match finished early ,but the ref took no notice of me. ,I’m glad he didn’t as Gavin scored for us again to make it 5-4. That’s how it ended.

The end of season presentation started with the food supplied by Stacey (lovely as usual) A big thank you to our ref Peter Blake  very much appreciated.

The m.o.m award   Players player of the year was  easy with Sedge winning it. Our playmaker ,makes us tick ,great with either foot.and is a winner.Drives us on .

Top goalscorer went to Sedge again with 17 goals. Great from midfield.

Managers player of the year  went to 2 touch.  He got the award for his all round effort and commitment scoring 11 goals from midfield never giving up.

Thank you all for your efforts,the 12 I had today have all played a large part of our success,it was a pleasure to watch us play some great football .enjoy your summer.

Kingy

Home V Cambs. Vets

The sunshine was out for the penultimate game of the season on Sunday when we welcomed Cambridge Vets to Hemmingford Pavilion.

On paper our opposition looked to have a reasonable side including guest appearances in the midfield from Crunchy and Willow from Red Bull.

Unfortunately for Cams Vets they were not able to stamp any authority on the game, we started strongly with crisp interchanging of passes and soon took a good hold of the match.

Our dominance in possession was rewarded on approximately 20 minutes when Sedge smashed one into the top left hand corner of the net leaving the keeper little chance from 25 yards.

This was nothing more than we deserved and we were soon able to continue that dominance getting a second with a fantastic low and hard drive from Chris Parker.

When in possession Cams struggled with the high line we were playing and found themselves frustrated, getting caught offside on numerous occasions. Our defence being well marshalled by big Kev and James in the centre.

With Nigel Parker’s enthusiastic words of encouragement ringing in our ears we continued to press and Howard came close with a cheeky lob with their keeper caught off his line, his effort just skimming the bar.

Just before before half time we gave ourselves some comfortable breathing space when Gav broke free and latched onto a long ball from midfield, showing great pace to nick the ball off of the fingertips of the keeper and flick it over his head to score.

Halftime three nil.

Stuart comes on for Roy who’d had a solid half at left back.

We started the 2nd half at the same tempo despite the heat and soon we more or less rubber stamped victory with a fourth goal. A great block on the edge of our box by Andy meant the ball found it’s way to Sedge who pinged one over the top for Gavin to get on to. The keeper came out and made a good save but from the resulting corner the ball dropped nicely in the centre of the box for Sedge to dispatch it away.

Fair play to Cambridge who didn’t give up and kept trying to find a way through. They got themselves a free kick in a good position on the edge of our box and their player struck a neat left-footed effort let’s just whistled over the bar.

Shortly after we broke away again and Gav’s cross found Sedge free in the 6 yard box and he found the bottom corner with his left to claim his hat-trick.

We then found ourselves let off the hook when a little complacency set in and our opposition broke through with a two on one chance but between them they managed to get it all wrong allowing Kev to make a great recovery tackle.

Over to Glen for the last part of the report as I had to leave with 15 mins to go on family duties, in his own words........

Last part of the game; James nearly scores own goal with his 50p head, luckily the bored Kieran saves his blushes! Chris then puts a deep cross in the box and one bad touch from Gav later he then makes up for it with a sweet volley from the bad control and puts in number 6! The tide then turns and a lovely ball through and their left wing slots home in the bottom corner nicely.

Tide goes back our way, Sedgy decides not to shoot and lifts ball over to Howie who smashes it home.

Final score 7-1.

 

 

 

 

Home v Studlands

 

It was wet and rainy for the arrival of Studlands to the pavilion.  Studlands had a reputation as a youthful team and they looked relatively athletic.

We had 12 good players to choose from and the first 11 to arrive got the shirts, with Andy (the last arrival) getting the linesman flag for the first half.

The pitch was slick but very bobbly and it was tough to play too much one-touch football.

That said we started ok and it was a good even contest.  However, try as we might, we lacked a bit of fluidity and regularly gave the ball away unnecessarily. Rather than keep sustained pressure the misplaced passes gave Studlands opportunities to break and but for some strong saves from Kieran we could have been behind.  He made a great save low at the forwards feet and also dived to make a good reaction save from close range.  Studlands had some nippy defenders which made it difficult and some pacey forwards too.

However, after some great play with quick accurate passing we took the lead.  Daz from left back slipped in Two Touch and Howard managed to divert a bobbling ball in off the underside of the bar for a well-taken finish. 1-0.

A few chances came and went but wasted passes slowed our progress and soon our opponents were back on level terms 1-1.

We went in at the break level and knew we had to up our game to our top levels to gain the advantage.

Sadly we were unable to reach our levels and although everyone had some excellent fleeting moments we failed to sustain any pressure for longer periods.  Early in the 2nd half we were 2-1 down and we deserved to be.  In truth our opponents had a couple of other good chances but fortunately either Kieran saved them, last ditch intercepted tackles from Two Touch kept them at bay or their forwards fluffed their chances.  Two Touch was working hard to keep us in it and headed a few corners goal wards but try as we might we looked like we were going to struggle to get back on level terms.

As the clock ticked down Sedge shifted the ball from his left to his right and smashed the ball towards the top corner and fortunately the keeper who had played well all game could not keep it out. With three minutes to go ,we kept probing but 2-2 is how it finished.

 

It was a good well-contested game between two evenly matched teams.  That said I am convinced that if we had hit the heights of our previous game we would have won comfortably.  It was probably a fair result on the day though and Chris Keeble provided some great post match food that was polished off by both teams.

Kieran was voted man of the match and at least we had not been beaten.

A few Games to go....

Away win vs Red Bull 4-2

Red Bull were the visitors to Hemingford on a perfect morning for football, providing a stern test after the long break caused by a combination of weather and cancellations. Manager Kingy had managed to put together a strong squad including a couple of new faces, Pep and Andy. From the first whistle both teams played a good, sharp-passing game although the uneven surface was causing problems, Howie falling victim to the invisible sniper at one point and going to ground with no-one near him. These games are usually tight affairs, but the deadlock was broken after only 12 minutes when a defensive mix-up in the Red Bull defence left Midge one-on-one with the keeper and he doesn’t miss many from these situations.

Their response was predictable and some strong defence was needed, two-touch putting in one superb last-ditch challenge on the edge of the area. Despite this the game was level ten minutes later when their excellent midfielder found space from a corner to head firmly home. Hemingford had looked good for their lead so this was a setback but driven on by some solid play from Gav and Daz at the back and Sedge finding the front runners with long , probing passes the home side went in search of another. A knock-down from Two Touch gave Sedge a sight of goal from the edge of the D and his measured low curling shot looked destined for the bottom corner until Dave, in goal for the visitors diverted the ball round the post with a superb save for a corner. Sedge blazed another shot just over and then Howie played Midge in with  a clever flick but Midge’s shot was marginally wide. It was by no means one-way traffic and the defence were kept on their toes by Red Bull’s fast counter attacks with big Kev outstanding in the air and holding the line well. On balance though, Hemingford were just on top and when the second goal came it was worth the wait, Howie finishing a cross-field move with a superb rising shot from around 25 yards. Half-time 2-1.

Sedge’s team talk emphasised the threat that Red Bull constantly carry and the need to keep the tempo and concentration to preserve the lead. So it was that for around 15 minutes the Hemingford defence was put under pressure but not found wanting. Pep had replaced Andy at the break and his presence alongside Kev Hurst together with the industry of Two Touch in midfield reduced Red Bull to long-range efforts. One of these, however, following a clearance by the home keeper from well outside his area was looping into the net but the ever willing Twos got back to head over from virtually under his own crossbar. A third was needed to steady the nerves and it was Gav who came up with a strong contender for goal of the season when he dispossessed their winger and ran fully three quarters of the length of the pitch before slotting home with the Red Bull defenders trailing in his wake.

One thing is certain however, Red Bull do not give up. Back they came and for long periods it was backs-to the wall defending, albeit no clear cut chances were conceded. At the other end Hemingford were relying more and more on break-always and Chris Parker, who had been excellent throughout, ran through and finished superbly in off the bar only for his effort to be ruled marginally offside. Shortly afterwards he turned his ankle on the rough ground and hobbled painfully off to be replaced by Nigel. At this point it seemed as though Hemingford would hold out for the win as the defence was coping well with anything thrown at them but an attempted cross from their right midfielder came off his shin and looped agonisingly in under the bar to make the score 3-2 with ten to play. Often in the past this fixture has ended with a victory being snatched away at the last but credit has to go to Red Bull for never conceding defeat until the final whistle. Some hectic defending followed and it seemed as though the jinx might return although to be perfectly fair no clear-cut chances were conceded. With time running out it was Conor who put the result beyond doubt with another break away, finishing expertly with the outside of his boot and under big Dave in goal. Final score 4-2.

Across the pitch Hemingford were well served today. Everyone played their part in an excellent game of football, which was played in the right spirit. No-one could argue that the win was not deserved . Midge and Howie were a constant threat up front, Sedge and the ever-industrious Two-touch won the midfield battle, ably assisted by Chris and Conor providing width, whilst at the back Kev Hurst marshalled his defence to great effect. Then, of course, there was Gav with his Duracell bunny impersonation. If he hadn’t scored with his lung-bursting run he would probably have carried on right through to St Ives !

 

Cambs Vets Away Won 7-0

A very good squad of 12 assembled at Histon for the visit to Cambs Vets.The pitch was terrific and the conditions were excellent so there could be no excuses today.

We kicked off brightly and the passing and fluidity was a joy to behold.  Immediately our opponents were on the back foot.

Within 5 minutes, Two touch thought he had scored from a good cross from the right.  Unfortunately for him the ball bounced back off the post and Midge steered it in from at least a foot! 1- 0.

Soon after some great passing down the left saw Sedge and Howard exchange passes before Sedge slipped Midge in inside the box.  A great turn from Midge sent the defender the wrong way and gave him the space to cooly finish low into the corner.

Shortly after it was 3.  A great pass from the right saw Midge break the offside trap and he slotted with precision into the corner for a 15 minute hat-trick!

Sedge hurt his back in a tackle and Daz came on in his place.

Then the best move of the match from back to front saw Midge, Daz and Howard combine to give Two Touch a shot from the edge of the box which he slotted into the bottom corner. It was a tremendous move of one and two touch passing - finished by Two Touch that left the opposition bewildered! 4 - 0 half time

The second half was always going to be difficult to maintain our focus and application but we kept our momentum for most of it.

That said our opponents improved and they did hit our woodwork on 3 occasions as it was by no means just one-way- traffic.  However, when none of these efforts were copnverted, you suspected it would be our day and the clean sheet was very welcome too.

A great cross from Conner was brilliantly headed goal-wards by Two-Touch but again it hit the post and sniffer Midgely bagged a 4th from the rebound - another foot out!

Two Touch did bag a deserved 2nd to make it 6 - 0, before Conner drilled a powerful drive into the roof of the net from around the penalty spot to make it 7 - 0.

All over the pitch there were great displays on the day.

Kieran in goal was vocal, sharp and commanding producing a couple of good low saves and an agile tip over the bar when required.  Excellent distribution too.

Chris Parker was solid at right back and used the ball intelligently for 90% of the game.

Keeble looked confident, strong and assured at centre half and brought the ball out regularly in Baresi style.

Kev was solid and dependable as ever, winning all of his duels and even making a great run down the left wing in the 2nd half.

Gav was on top form again making marauding runs and never looking troubled.

The midfield was very athletic and the speed of distribution was epitomised by Simon who again displayed a fabulous tempo when defending and attacking.

Two Touch was back on the score sheet with 2 well-taken finishes and also worked as hard as ever.

Conner slotted in well at right wing and was always available as well as grabbing a great goal.

Daz showed some outstanding touches, a few great turns and always gave the opposition problems.

Up top - it was a great display from Midge and Howard.  Their movement was excellent and Howard was as unselfish as ever- winning some great flicks from Kieran's kicks.

Midge was clinical with the finishing and must be unlucky not to pick up the Man of the Match having scored 4 Goals.  However, he was pipped to the MOM award by Simon who was excellent throughout.

An impressive display from everyone involved albeit we were stronger than our opponents on the day.  The excellent pitch certainly helped our passing but hopefully we can keep this level going in the tougher Games to come

Home v CUP

M.O.M.   Nigel Parker

For the first fixture of the New Year we played host to CUP in a long awaited fixture which was borderline right up to kick off due to some heavy overnight frost. With the return from injury of our stalwart ref Blakey, a pitch inspection took place around 9:30 and we finally decided the game would go ahead when a strengthening sun burnt through the mist about 10:15 allowing the thawing process to start. 

With Kingy scheduled to be on the golf course he gave me (Roy) one direction on team selection but on the day with 2 keepers I went for an alternative line up. The new keeper Kieran Harris lined up at right back with Ian Reynolds taking up position between the posts the rest of the back 4 made up of Nige Parker, Kev Hirst and Gavin. The midfield 4 were Chris, Simon, 2-Touch and Midge with Conner and Howard up front. Leaving me, my cockney bruvver, Clarky and Dippy warming the bench.

The game got underway in bright sunshine but it was evident for most of the first half that the bobbly pitch along with players Christmas excesses did not make for the flowing football expected of either side although both keepers did have saves to make. Late in the half Howard picked up a knock which saw the introduction of Dippy and a formation change between 2-Touch and Conner but failed to bring any breakthrough before the 45 minutes were up.

In the second half the quality improved from both sides but again keepers appeared to be winning the contest. With a no score draw looming I made my entrance replacing Chris and moving Gav into midfield before CUP broke forcing Ian Reynolds to parry a strong shot but unfortunately the back four had switched off and the rebound was banged into an empty net. This pushed us on and from a corner we felt the ball had crossed the line from Conner before being cleared but with no goal line technology the ref could not be certain and there Lino declined to assist. While still reeling from the disappointment CUP went on the offensive. Late on a clearance was deflected off a CUP arm and fell kindly for a second and winning goal. 

Match Report V Soham

A bright crisp and fresh morning welcomed the lads on Sunday as we entertained a relatively new side in Soham Vets.
Rumoured to be a strong outfit, this was confirmed even before kick off when they appeared on the pitch to warm up in a short sleeved Pink Kit... “surely they’re a tidy outfit if they’re confident enough to turn out in that kit” was one of the comments!

Roy stepped in to run the side in the absence of both Kingy and Dazza whilst Two Touch had the Captain’s armband deputising for Sedge.
Two Touch rolled back the years immediately after winning the toss by opting to change ends in order to let the opposing keeper have the sun in his eyes, a move well remembered from the days of youth football (some years prior!)..

The match got underway and it was a fast start from both teams. Soham had a fairly young average age and few well known faces, including a couple who previously played for Red Bull. One of those, Tommy immediately got the passing moves going well for the visitors leaving us having to work hard to get the ball. When in possession, they pressed us well and it seemed to unsettle us into making unforced errors. Our usual passing game was amiss and Soham’s efforts were rewarded after 10 mins. The goal was a rather fortunate cross that eluded Alex at the far post but it was fair to say the goal was deserved.
It took us a while to relax, but we slowly gained confidence and started to ping the ball around nicely.
Then a late challenge by a Soham midfielder caused an altercation between Two Touch and their player which had to be broken up by Clarky who was kindly reffing this one. Both teams went down to 10 men for 10 mins.

A bit of belief started to grow throughout the team and Simon was making things tick nicely. A neat passing move set Howard through one on one after his well timed run. The keeper spotted this and got out well to shut down the angles and make a good save.  
A couple of chances at each end later and Gavin managed to find space well down the left wing before cutting inside and laying a neat pass into the path of Chris Keeble. He timed his run to perfection and cut into the box ready to shoot before being brought down by a Soham defender; Stonewall Penalty. Chris Parker stepped up to dispatch low to the keepers right. 1-1.

Hemingford kept the pressure on and within a few minutes Chris Parker broke down the right wing after being found by Dippy, who was making good use of the space out wide. His cross found Rudders whose deflected effort looped over the keeper and looked in before bouncing agonisingly passed the right hand post.

This seemed to jolt Soham back into action and just before half time after two corners in quick succession, the right back found himself in space out wide, delivered a cross to the back post and lightening struck twice as the ball ended up in the top corner of the net over the head of Youngy. Harsh on Hemingford, 1-2 half time.

The second half began and Soham got into a groove. The sun was low and bang in the eyes of our defenders. This made it hard to win the ball back from the slick passing we were up against. Big Kev and Nigel were kept busy and if it wasn’t for them we could have been down by at least a couple more. Eventually Soham got a break through and an unfortunate slip by Youngy let their forward in to slot home neatly under
our rather unfortunate keeper, who will probably admit it was a frustrating morning between the sticks.

Hemingford kept going and didn’t give in, working hard at shutting down and trying to get in behind the full backs. Maybe we were just missing a little creativity today and the breakthrough didn’t come as it normally would do with the effort put in by the lads. Roy came on at right back for Dippy and did a solid job. (Our only available sub on the day as opposed to Soham’s 6).

Credit due to our opposition who created a couple of decent chances including a neat free kick from the edge of our box which just whizzed over the bar. The game finished 1-3 with a good pace to it all the way to the final whistle. Soham edged it on the day but certainly had the luck on their side with the way the goals went in.

Nigel laid on a top spread which was shared by both teams in the bar after the game.


 

Hemingford v Cambs. Community

Cloudless skies greeted the players for today's game. Following a few call-offs manager Neil King had put out a call for reinforcements and the squad included Fraser,Martin and Deano. Cambs Community historically field a young team and this was no exception. Sedgie's pre-match talk called for a high tempo and quick movement of the ball. The first 20 minutes were frenetic without producing too much constructive football although their keeper was tested a couple of times, saving well from Rudders and Sedge. Rudders then found himself in space 10 yards out but had too much time to think about it and and his shot came back off the union of post and crossbar. Cambs had a few quick players and were proving hard to break down but finally the goal came, a scrappy affair which Simon could have claimed, had the ball not already bobbled over the line. Dippy would have claimed it but he wasn't playing today, although that has never stopped him in the past. The next 20 minutes saw Hemingford start to play to the game plan and some excellent football followed. The second goal was a classic example starting with Roy's pass down the left, the ball quickly transferred from midfield up to Howard who sent a pinpoint cross over for Sedge to bury a low first-time volley into the bottom left hand corner. Cambs couldn't live with the change of pace and two-touch  made it three with a strong header from a corner. Simon was pulling the strings in midfield with some penetrating passes while at the back Kev was winning all the high balls with Nige Parker's encouragement ringing in everyone's ears, including the spectators who had come for a county squash tournament and struggled to understand. With five minutes to go before half time Howard felt his hamstring tighten from a previous injury and left the fray to be replaced by Deano, who wasted no time by scoring with his first touch, a volley from close range. Stu Smith replaced Martin at full back for the second half and after a few touches, one block tackle and a half decent pass up the wing made a great run, straight back off the field with a calf strain ! We had been warned not to take the foot off the pedal but after some impressive 'Coca Cola' skill from Kev Hurst the Cambs centre was given too much time and he beat Alex in goal with a well-struck shot from 20 yards out. Rudders had been through one-on-one in the first half only to have his shot blocked, but Gav showed him how to do it when put through by a first time Sedge pass. 5-1. Cambs then took advantage of a mix-up in defence and another one-on-one made it 5-2. Some scrappy play followed but Hemingford found their shape again, Deano's fine run and unselfish pass putting Rudders in for a well taken goal. The scoring wasn't quite finished with Gav smashing a 'cross' into the roof of the net. Final score 7-2 was a bit harsh on the visitors but when Hemingford hit their rhythm they were hard to live with today. A final cameo when big Kev pirouetted himself into the turf like a giant corkscrew was worth the admission money, had anyone paid to watch. If anyone lives near the A14 could they keep a lookout for the match ball, which Nige Parker toe-poked to oblivion clearing from a Cambs raid.

 

Home v Newmarket

It was a crisp bright day for old friends Newmarket's arrival at the Pavilion.

We have always had some good, competitive games against the Newmarket boys and they have always played some good football.

Ordinarily we have run out winners though (except in our last Game against them) as we have been a bit more youthful, although they have always troubled us with some tidy football and slick passing.

We had a strong squad of 16 to choose from with Redbull Dave the Keeper and Cranchy guesting for us too.

There was an immaculately observed remembrance day minutes silence before the Game and we were all happy to be alive, having the chance to play a game on a lovely pitch on a beautiful morning.

The match kicked off and Hemingford were immediately on the front foot. Some good play in the first 4 minutes saw Sedge freed down the left.  He swung over a left footed cross that was headed away back to Sedge.  He took a touch and whipped in an inviting cross with his right from wide on the left and Two Touch gratefully applied the finishing touch with a glancing header. 1-0.

Soon after though it was 2 - 0.  Some great play saw the ball fed into Conners up front who expertly back-healed the ball to Sedge who had made a good run in from the left.  It looked like he would square it as the angle was tight but he squeezed the ball in at the near post with the outside of his left foot having wrong-footed the keeper.

We were rampant on all fronts.  Daz appeared to have "substitution tourettes" as he shuffled the pack repeatedly every 5 minutes or so, but it did not unsettle our play and everyone that was thrown on, approached the game on the front foot and the tempo of our play was impressive throughout.

Soon after it was 3-0.  Stu Smith made a great run down the right towards the edge of the box before playing a pin-point cross square to Sedge who curled the ball towards the far post where Conners side-footed in a good goal from close range.  The precision of our play was excellent all over and Simon was doing a great job of braking up play and zipping crisp passes into peoples feet accurately.

It was a dominant first half with multiple chances from our side and very little for Dave to do in goal.  These three finishes were clinical but in truth we could have had a lot more.

The second half was very similar.  Daz made sure everyone had a good number of  minutes on the pitch and our older opponents seemed to have tired a little and seemed lacking in confidence.  They had 16 to choose from too so they could mix it up too.  Roy, on at left back was using the ball quickly and Nigel and Kev Hurst seemed to marshall their forwards with relative ease.

There was some good interplay in midfield with Cranchy and Kev Anderson also moving the ball fluidly and all of our squad seemed hungry for touches which gave everyone multiple options.

Gavin's pace was a good asset for us up front and at the back but it was mostly one-way traffic today and the Newmarket keeper certainly knew he had been in a game.

James had come on up front and he was working hard to put the defence under pressure.  After after about 30 minutes a miss-hit clearance dropped into his path and he drove home a well-taken finish from about 25 yards with the keeper stranded.  

Had it not been for a few great last ditch challenges from their best defender Lol it could have been a lot more.

He came to the rescue on a number of occasions.

It was a comprehensive victory and a clean sheet but still an excellent turnout from both the home and away team in the bar.

Stuart Smiths sandwiches were as well-received as his performance and nothing was left at the end.

It was good to see Clarky reffing for us again and he gave a good display as he returns to match fitness.

Simon was named Man of the Match with 8 votes for his excellent display but there were some strong performances all over the pitch.

There had not been a bad tackle in the match or an injury so it was a good morning for the Club all round.

St. Neots Vets v Hemingford Vets

 Hemingford Vets traveled to St Neots first team pitch on a Friday night under flood Lights. Kingy put together a strong 14 for Dazer to pick a side that needed to be on their game against a St Neots team.

Youngy – Goal Keeper

Little Kev – Right Back

Centre Half’s- Big Kev and Nigel

Left Back- Gavin

Midfield – Missing Two Touch and Sedge – Chis P- Chris- Simon and Rudders

Upfront – Big Big Pearcy and Howard

Bench- Over 54 – Dazer- Quincy and Roy

 

The atmosphere was electric in the changing room and the music was loud on the pitch. We started really well with a great run in the first two minutes and Rudders crossed and found the Net- 1-0.

Then St Neots dominated for 15-20 minutes we were not finding our passes and gave them far too much Room . A great ball in and a good strike 1-1. Then 2 minutes later a mix up in their box and goal keeping error gave Chris P an easy chance for 2-1. We then stepped back and St Neots equalised 2-2.

The St Neots side were strong , physical and some strong tackling from their centre half’s saw Howard unfortunately come off injured. Quincy joined the game with his electric pace .

Dave Seaman our ref for the night had a great first half controlling some physical stuff.

Half time- Good performance and Dazza thought about bringing his self on to sort a couple out but if was a Friday night. On Came Roy for Gavin.

We started really strong in the second HALF. However they scored a great third- Then a great ball from Kevin Anderson who was having his best game for years but a ball on Quincy head 3-3.

Hemingford dominated the second half but their play maker made it 4-3.  Some great defending by Nigel and Big Kev kept us in the game . Simon was making things tick and St Neots even bought on their first team Goal keeping coach.

Roy was making some great tackles and Chris in midfield was taking all the stick. Big Pearcy was putting himself about and winning the ball. A great thru ball from Simon to the galloping Gavin saw Chris P make it 4-4.

Dazza was on for a cameo role and trying to find their hatchet men. No need we were magnificent second half. Some great play from Little Kev and Chris p saw Kev score a great winner.

Game over . 5-4 and a proper game of football- Probably we will not face a stronger, physical vets side this season.

Really proud of the boys and a couple of beers, fish supper was a great end to the night for some of us. Nigel had two Fish dinners( surprise).

Pearcy and Rudder went Clubbing – legends.”

Home v Caldecote

A strong squad assembled on Sunday at the pavilion in bright sunshine.  Kingy made it down to see everyone as he was eagerly anticipating his arrival at the ripe old age of 60 on Monday the 30th but he looked surprising fresh after the party the night before.  After singing him a happy birthday, Sedge picked a good team and we also had 4 strong subs to bring on.

We started brightly and were doing a lot of probing down the flanks with Howard and Midge working hard.  Our forwards were well-marshalled though by a confident Caldecote defence.  In midfield it was turning into a hotly contested encounter as they had 3 players to our 2.  Our opponents only had 11 players, so Sedge and Rudders took on the lines-person duties.  We had every confidence that we were the better team despite our opponents looking fit and relatively well-organised.  However, with only around 10 minutes on the clock ,a little bit of overplay in defence saw their forward slide in to smash the ball home 0-1.  It was a bit of a surprise and we were all somewhat annoyed.  However, soon after it got worse.  Another bit of generous defending gave another of their players a sight at goal and he duly took it!  We were two nil down having looked relatively untroubled.

The team kept working and forced a few corners which were well taken by Simon.  Unfortunately for us the final touch was evading us and when we did connect their keeper was on top form.  Nigel was encouraging everyone as usual but we just seemed to be lacking the killer instinct and a slight bit of tempo to our play.

It soon became clear that Caldecotes' confidence had grown and the 0-2 lead had really given them something to hang on to. In truth they nearly made it 3 with some last ditch defending keeping them out.

At half time we made a plan and Sedge bought himself, Rudders, Kev Anderson and Gavin on albeit no-one had really done too much wrong in the first half.

We started the second half brightly though and soon started to exert some control.  Rudders broke down the left and curled a Beckham style cross into the middle.

Sedge crept in front of the centre back after ghosting in from the left and caressed a volley over the keepers head and into the net 1-2.

Soon after it was 2-2. Some good play in midfield allowed Sedge to feed Midge down the line.  Midge cut back and squared the ball to Sedge who had burst towards the box.  Though his first strike was blocked by the inform keeper he was left powerless with the rebound as Sedge followed it in and suddenly it was honours even.

 

A few minutes later another excellent corner saw Two Touch out muscle all comers to head in a 3rd from close range.

Our opponent were looking a little more ragged now and their confidence seemed to ebb away as we moved the ball quickly at an excellent tempo with accuracy and imagination.  They were visibly deflating by the minute. Kev and Gav were pushing on at full back and we were overloading them all over the pitch.

Gav broke into the middle and forced Sedge out wide to the byeline down the left.

Continuing the run Sedge whipped a left footed cross behind the defence and Gav stooped to glance a perfect header into the bottom corner for a 4th.

Not bad from a marauding left back!

Soon after, a great 1-2 between Midge and Two Touch saw the later control a ball into the box at full speed and slot into the bottom corner for a 5th.

But we were not finished.  Another great corner picked out Two Touch at the far post.  But rather than going for goal he unselfishly headed back into the path of Kev Hurst who gratefully side footed it home from close range. 6-2.  Another season and another goal for Kev who had looked solid at the back throughout.

Sadly for Midge and Howard they failed to get on the scoresheet this time but their work-rate for the team was excellent.

Everyone has heard the old saying of a game of two halves- well this was certainly one.

In truth the two nil deficit was probably a really good thing for the Game and Caldecote played some impressive football themselves at times.

However, there was undoubtedly a shift in momentum in the second half and our closing down seemed to intensify my a small but sufficient margin.

Add to this some tiring opponents and some fresh legs and we ran out comfortable winners.  Everyone played their part and everyone played at least half a game too.

There was not a bad tackle in the match though and there was mutual respect on both sides in addition to some great man-sized sandwiches courtesy of Youngy and his family that everyone really enjoyed.

Happy 60th to Kingy though and thanks again from all of us for everything that you have done for Hemingford Veterans.

Home v Houghton

Local rivals Houghton travelled to the Pavilion for a Game against a strong Hemingford squad.

We had 16 players to choose from and it appeared that Houghton had a sizeable and relatively youthful squad with a few old St Ives and Hemingford stalwarts thrown into the mix.  Houghton had a large and vociferous number of supporters too who made their presence known.

Stuart Smith was captain for the day at right back and Roy another "Houghtoner" slotted in securely at left back.  Furthermore, Two Touch had played for Houghton for a number of seasons. Houghton had a few players who had played for us too in the past like G, Bozo and Steve Jeffs, so it was no wonder that the Game started at a lively pace with competitive action going on in all corners.

It was an even encounter that no-one wanted to lose but I think we just shaded the attempts on goal. Sedge, Rudders and Howard all tested the keeper who was far more agile than he looked. Gavin was creating some problems down the right hand side in advanced positions but Bozo's pace kept the defence on their toes too.

Simon and Jeffsy were having a good battle and there were some powerful players and strong tackles taking place.

We played some reasonable football but too often the final ball or killer pass was misplaced.  `There was not too much zip on the pitch albeit it had been cut shorter than in previous weeks.

Daz took control of substitutions and shuffled the pack every 20 minutes.

Conners came on up top alongside Howard and had a great game looking strong and causing some problems.

At half time we agreed that it was a tough Game but that if we kept our concentration belief and work rate we would come out on top.

After about 10 minutes Sedge freed Howard who had broke down the left.  Howard cut in at speed but as everyone expected the cut-back in his usual unselfish manner he drilled the ball across the keeper and bent it into the far corner of the net.  It was a great goal. 1-0

Soon after Conners caught their best defender out in possession and as the ball bobbled up he lifted it over the keepers head and into the net for a cool finish. 

2-0

We were well on top and it looked as though a dispirited Houghton could be set for a drubbing.  Unfortunately for us they had other ideas!

An innocuous free kick forward found Bozo escape his marker and as he prodded out a leg it floated agonisingly in off the post to make a Game of it.

Alex had no chance and it gave us all a bit of a knock.

Houghton's tails were up and they threw caution to the wind bringing on another forward in place of a defender as they went for broke.

Soon after a tussle between Daz and Jeffsy resulted in a penalty being given much to our disappointment.

Up stepped Bozo to hit the side netting of the other corner for an unstoppable equaliser.

It was a major disappointment but we carried on and continued trying to get a winner.  First Conners dinked another shot goalwards which looped onto the top of the bar and behind for a goal kick.

With less than a couple of minutes remaining a ball was headed out from a free kick to Sedge, who took it on his chest and drove the ball goalwards with power.

Sadly the ball was rising all the time and it went over the bar. The Game finished 2-2

Man of the Match was Two Touch who really rose to the challenge.  Though his attacking play was restricted the quality of his 'brake-up play' was exceptional and he worked incredibly hard defensively for the team.  He was like a lanky, balding, albino Makalele in his prime and deservedly scooped the award!

The atmosphere in the club was great with a packed house and Sedge's sandwiches were quickly polished off.

It was a good competitive local derby and credit to Houghton for battling throughout and for keeping going after we took the lead.

Apparently Houghton had not lost for 18 months but they came mightily close on this occasion and we all believed we should have taken the points...if any were on offer!

Home v Buckden

Home v Buckden

The lads arrived at the Pavilion with a lush pitch, great balls and beautiful sunshine awaiting them.

Kingy had worked hard to to get a referee but without success.  Fortunately club stalwarts Stuart Smith and Roy Shaw agreed to ref half each.  Fortunately for us all there were no contentious decisions and the Game was played in a friendly but competitive spirit.

We had 13 players at our disposal and looked to rotate throughout the Game.

The early exchanges were competitive.  Buckden had a few younger additions than in previous encounters and they were working very hard to stifle our play.  A good bit of play saw their forward race away but as he pulled his leg back to shoot, Chris Keeble athletically dived in and made a fantastic tackle to deny the shooting opportunity.  

We were moving the ball well and looked technically superior. 

However, the midfield battle was intense with Two Touch and Keeble ratting away in a similar vein to their opposite numbers. Sedge was firing some good through balls around that freed Two Touch, Rudders and Gavin - who was playing up front to utilise his pace.  Within minutes, a slide rule pass freed Rudders who burst past the defence and fired a low shot close to the keepers body that evaded him and gave us a deserved 1-0 lead.

Soon after Rudders dispossessed a Buckden defender that dwelt on the ball and slipped Gavin away who shot off at pace.  He side-footed the ball crisply past the keeper but sadly it went inches wide of the post.  This was a lucky escape for Buckden.

Both keepers made a few good saves and there was no doubt that it was a competitive encounter.  We had a brief one minute lapse towards the end of the half, where we created a few chances for our opponents but thankfully we got this out of our system quickly.

At half time we had a chat and agreed that we needed to be ruthless with our finishing and solid at the back as small margins could make a difference in this game.

The defence was great on the day and stayed strong throughout almost all of the 90 minutes.  Nigel, Kev, Roy, Daz, Dippy, Stuart and Alex all covered for each other excellently and moved the ball well too.  They were decisive with their decision making and kept our opponents at bay for most of the Game.  Keeble and Two Touch pinched a load of balls off their forwards (Pearcey's) toes which helped us to break up their play.

As the match kicked into gear, Sedge received a good ball to the middle from Dippy.  He dropped a shoulder, wrong footing the central defender, took a touch out of his feet before powerfully rifling past the keeper high into the net. 2-0.

Soon it was 3, as a fabulous bit of play down the right saw Sedge, Stuart, Gavin and Simon exchange passes down the right before a great cross from Simon evaded all of their team and dropped to Sedge who guided a cultured side foot into the top corner with the keeper stranded. 3-0

We continued to exert more pressure and Rudders, Gavin and Two Touch all came close.  Breaks were coming with increasing regularity now as Buckden appeared to tire.  Before long Sedge broke in from the left at pace, he shaped as if to cut it back to Two Touch, who was expectantly lurking on the edge of the 6 yard box.  However, the defender had anticipated this and shaped to deny the cut back but Sedge drove a strong finish into the bottom corner with the outside of his left foot from an acute angle. 4-0 and a quick fire hat trick for Sedge.

Buckden did not get down hearted though and an excellent 1-2 with Pearcey saw their winger cut in from the left on goal and he fired a terrific low shot into the bottom corner that left Alex stranded.  It was a really sharp bit of play at full speed and but there was nothing Youngy could do with this one as it was very well-worked and extremely well-taken. 4-1

At the other end, another good break saw Rudders in on goal but the keeper made a great save.  The ball rebounded out high towards the edge of the box - only to fall towards the on-rushing Sedge who ruthlessly drilled it into the bottom corner with a sweetly struck volley much to the disappointment of our game opponents. 5-1

However, there was still time for Buckden to snatch another consolation.  Local lad Alex broke down the left at pace before squaring a perfect ball to Pearcey who side footed into an empty net for a good goal. Pearcey is a great lad and a big character who plays for us on some occasions and he deserved his goal for his effervescent endeavour. 5-2.

It was a terrific morning.  Sedge scored 4 and was named man-of-the match but it was very much a team effort with everyone playing their part in the whole squad.  It was an excellent 8 out of 10 performance from all of the lads and in addition, Rudders laid on some fabulous food which was decimated by the players from both teams who all came in for a drink too.

Home v Cambs Vets

Subject: Home vs Cambs Vets

It was a beautiful morning in the Hemingfords with bright sunshine and a game of football to play!

We have always enjoyed some good contests agains Cambridge Vets but usually run out winners.

We had a strong 14 to choose from and Daz May had taken over officiating duties from Blakey who has a very troublesome hip.

It was noted that putting Daz as referee was like having the wolf in charge of the sheep or chickens!

However, he had a good game and it was a quiet morning for him.  A&E were happy anyway...

There is loads of grass on the pitch after the wet August and this bodes well for the remainder of the season.

That said, it was very long on Sunday but the morning dew on the surface did help us to pass the ball around quite swiftly and Blakey had also invested in some new warm-up balls for us too which were really appreciated.

We started brightly and were using the ball well without finding a breakthrough.

However, they had some nippy forwards who looked quick on the break and a combative midfield, so the rear guard had to be on their toes.

After around 15 minutes some good play saw Howard freed.  He had an unfortunate stumble and fell to the floor.  However as two defenders rushed towards him he managed to prod the ball away from them to Sedge who duly despatched a well struck goal off the outside of his right foot.

It was a good start and we continued to press.  We were moving the ball around and the back 5 (including Alex) were working the ball forward nicely.  Kevin Anderson was looking sharp and Keeble and Two Touch were competing well in midfield.  Occasionally we did get caught in possession when we dwelt on the ball which was a little sloppy but fortunately either Youngy (in goal) or Nigel (sweeping around) managed to get enough pressure on the ball to keep the forwards at bay.

Sedge mixed it up on the half hour mark bringing on James up top and dippy on to the left wing.  Chris Parker had suffered a couple of crunching tackles and he decided that was enough.  We had a dodgy spell for 5 minutes, where we made problems for ourselves but fortunately we managed to stay in front and hold on to the clean sheet.

We went in at half time with a 1 - 0 lead and though we were reasonably dominant our opponents were still in the game.

In the second half we continued to press and after about an hour an incisive ball from Sedge freed James.  The keeper managed to sprint from his box well and get a tackle in on him, but fortunately for us the ball ran straight to Two Touch who lifted a sublime side foot finish over the stranded keeper at the edge of his box and into the empty net.  It was a really well taken finish, as sometimes people rush efforts like this and snatch at them.  2-0

Sedge and Howard were causing some problems but unfortunately Sedge failed to convert on at least 3 potential efforts that could have seen the Game finished off as a contest. 

This was contagious though!  With the opposition tiring we seemed determined to try to walk it into the net and gave away a couple of stupid off-sides.

That said we did get one of these breaks right, with Rudders unselfishly squaring to Two Touch to slide the ball into the net from close range with the keeper stranded.

The Game quickly finished with Cambridge having opted for 40 minute halves rather than 45 but in truth it was over as a contest by that stage and our superior fitness could have given Cambs even more problems in the last 10 of a regular match.

It was a good game though, played in a good spirit.  This was the first home victory to add to our collection for the season and Two Touch provided a great lunch for everyone to enjoy.

Sedge was voted man of the match but it was a good 7.5 out of 10 performance from the team with everyone playing their part.

Hemingford v Buckden

 

Kingy has had his normal week, Being the magnificent Postman he is and having to re- arrange another fixture due to Caldecott pulling out at the last moment.

So the first home fixture of the season was against Buckden . Kingy picked the side and then shot of for his Bowls final. How things have changed.!!

We had a strong 14 – Youngy in goal- Dippy at right back, Darren at left back and Kev and Nigel making up the back five. Midfield was Little Kev, Two touch, Simon and and Chris Parker. Up front was Big Roy and Kempy ( great to see him back).

The bench was Roy and two Buckden old boys Dazzer and James making his debut.

We started very well passing and moving with Simon and two touch working hard. Dippy and Darren were getting forward which was causing issues at the back. Roy and Kempy were making great runs. The first 10- 15 minutes saw several chances missed from Two touch head and a couple of blocked shots.

Then we tried to play off side and Dippy played Buckden number 10 on. Youngy made a fantastic save- Unfortunately we seemed to be more interested in having a chat with Blakey. Big Ray followed up and we were 1-0 down.

This gave a very average Buckden side some confidence to play and work very hard. We went missing for 10 minutes . The last 15 minutes were better . However we were caught flat at the back again. Some great work from Buckden Scott , Ray and Kev made it two. The boys were shell shocked until Dippy found , little Kev. Great 1-2 with Kempy and a cross with Big Roy making it 2-1 at half time.

Some very articulate words were said at half time from Dazzer as we were doing all the right things but looked very nervous in front of goal. Two changes James came on for Roy who had to leave and the Scottish wizard came on for Dippy.

We started well and played some fantastic stuff in the second half. Had 18 shots on goal, hit the wood work four times and with Roy at the back we were better balanced.

Dippy cam on for the last 20 minutes for Kempy who is getting back to his best. Two touch and Simon played really well second half and Chris made some great crosses as Little Kev went missing.

I have never been on the side lines and see a team dominate for 45 minutes- So in Blakey time a great cross in and and near misses Two touch made it 2-2.

The summary being some fantastic play but we are still off our peak performances.

Some big players to come back which will help but a good result.

Away vs Cottenham

 

The lads met up for the first game of the season away at Cottenham and it was great to see everyone again.

Long term casualties Howard Kemp (since January) and DarrenLawrence (since march) came back after long lay offs and it was good to see all of the other old/very faces too.

We had a strong 13 to choose from and started the game quite brightly.

 

Rudders and Howard were moving their defence around and we were holding our own in the early exchanges.

 

After about 10 mins, a good bit of play down the left saw Sedge free Two Touch on the edge of the box.

He passed it back and Sedge rifled in a low drive into the bottom corner with his left foot.

This was a great start.

However, soon after we were on level terms when a bit of hesitancy in defence saw a speculative looping shot deceive Alex in goal, (and everyone else) as it nestled in the far corner of the roof of the net. 1-1.

 

Soon after a hefty collision with Two Touch saw their winded and concussed keeper have to leave for hospital.  It was an accidental clash but one that made everyone wince!

 

After this, we had some good play and we were creating numerous overloads down the flanks which were effective. As a result, Rudders, Howard, Sedge and Two Touch all came close.  Sedge hitting the post and skimming the bar with a good volley and Two Touch smashing the post from a great cross from Daz.

 

They had a good lad in the air and a few tidy players that kept us on our toes but we looked like our superior fitness would tell in the second half.  That said they always had a threat and sent a few powerful shots goalwards.

 

Stu Smith and Roy came on as replacement fullbacks at half time.

 

In the second half we seemed to lose a bit of momentum and we wasted a lot of the ball.

Howard's calf stiffened and he was withdrawn after about 65 minutes and we shuffled the pack again.

 

Shortly after, some sloppy play at the back freed their forward, who drilled low and hard into the net for a goal that should have been avoided.

Within minutes their best footballer made a 3rd man run from midfield and though the forward was off side, the midfielder burst past our players who were all static and side footed the ball into the goal.  We were 3-1 down and a bit shell-shocked.

 

We did not give up though and a few shots were blocked by some of their big lads at the back and Two Touch came close again.  We just looked rusty all over the pitch from front to back and our communication and drive was rather disappointing too.

 

With time running out, Kev Anderson delivered a great cross from the right and Sedge out-muscled a couple of defenders to plant a firm header into the net for 3-2.

 

We kept going but could not snatch the equaliser. 

 

Chris and Simon were industrious in Midfield and Nigel and Kevin had kept things together at the back.

However, we never reached our optimum levels in terms of play or commitment and as a result we came off second best.

 

It was not the start that we wanted or the start we have become accustomed to but it was probably as much as we deserved, as we are a better team then we showed on the day.

 

It was great to be playing again though on fresh grass, with a good set of lads and we are all incredibly thankful to Kingy for organising another full calendar.

 

Hopefully we can make his efforts more worthwhile in the fixtures to come...

Vets v The Boys

The final game of the season ,saw us take on the boys.

It was a good day for the boys to get a little revenge on us as we were struggling to get a team out ,only 11 players were available for kick off.

The boys really wanted to win this ,as they had a lot of better quality players. I think this is only our 2nd defeat in about 16 games.

We were under the cosh early on ,and messing about with the ball at the back caused us early problems. We were getting totally outplayed,and it was no surprise when they scored 6 goals in the 1st 25mins. ( don't want to say too much about them ,but they were hungry for goals) After that we started to play a bit with sedge, Simon and Nigel trying to get us going.

We were finally rewarded with a goal late in 1st half when dippy fired in from 10 yds. 6-1 half time.

I wasn't too happy with our 1st half, and had a little rant .

I think it perked us up a bit, and did also help us ,that we had Roy to come on, giving us 12, and the boys lost 1 player,so they were down to 10 , now that was a fairer game We started to boss the match, and dippy again scored a brilliant 2nd goal with a great shot from 20 yds that flew into the top corner.

We continued to press and wasn't surprised when rudders scored a good third goal from just inside the box.

The boys rallied late on and scored in the last few minutes to win the match 7-3.

The result didn't really matter,we had given it our all 2nd half.

Kev in goal (guest) from buckden, didn't have any chance with the goals, and pulled off a couple of great saves 9/10 Kevin Anderson,played even though he was carrying an injury,and that says a lot about the man 9/10 Kevin Hirst,hated losing and again gave it his all, has had another great season,and 1 of 3 players who was close to getting players player of the yr,9/10 Nigel Parker, worked his socks off, always encouraging,trying to keep people going, and thoroughly deserved his award of players player of the year. 9/10 Kevin Clark (guest) from buckden, only wanted 20 mins, but ended up having to play all match 9/10 Dazz may, you get what you see, total commitment , strong aggressive and a great chap to have in your team 9/10 Simon, joined us this season ,and has got better and better every game. Works his socks off. A good footballer, great to have him .. My M,O,M today 10/10 Stu smith, got my award this season as managers player of the year.. alway plays the ball simple ,can't believe he is now sixty. Shows what a man he is ,when he came off injured,only to come back on 2 mins later, after putting magic lotion on his leg, He didn't want to let his team mates down, even though he could hardly walk.what a great team player 9/10 Sedge, midfield general, I have had the pleasure of playing with some good players in my long career, my compliment to him would be ,that he would be in mybest 11 players. Great with both feet ,and also scores a lot of goals 21 this season making him top goal scorer.9/10 Dippy, what can I say, on his day ,a pleasure to watch him play. Very infuriating player, (think he does it on purpose to wind me up).scored 2 great goals today 9/10 Rudders. New additionsince Christmas, great player to have in the team, works hard ,scores goal and a good team player. Think he will be a big player for us next season.9/10 Roy Essendoh, turned up at 11 and came on at half time. Really a great chap,to have in your team, hope he will get involved more next season ,and play a few more games.

 

We have had another great season, playing 24 matches, we have had a few defeats, but that has mostly been down to the opposition,playing a few and sometimes a lot of underaged players. This is a compliment to us, but I would rather sides played fair.

I may have to look to play other teams next season, that don't cheat.

It has been harder this season getting players, so I will be on the lookout to bring in fresh faces next season.

Thank you all for your commitment and effort for the season, enjoy your summer, keep fit and healthy,and we will go again next September Kingy

 

Match report v Buckden

 

Hope you have had a cracking couple of days away? Please find attached the match report for today.

A super spring day at the Home of Hemingford vets with 25 degrees forecasted. After several changes this week Kingy finally got a game on . We welcomed my old team Buckden to Hemingford full of characters and a strong side.

We had 15 with Dippy texting Kingy at 8.30 am for a game and calling Dazer for a lift. Also we welcomed Jack a new lad from Buckden just hitting the 35 year old threshold. Another ex player and Buckden manger. So with Rudders it was all set up for a cracker.Kingy as normal picked a strong 4-4-2

Youngy in goal anda back four of little Kev, the fantastic centre half partnership of big Kev and Nigel with Gavin at Left back. The midfield was Sedge on the right , Simon and two touch in the middle and Chris on the left leaving big Roy and rudders up front. That left a strong bench of Stuart , Dippy, Dazer and Jack. Kingy wanted to rest some of his star over 50 for the big games v Cambs on Thursday. 6.30pm Kick off at Hemingford we need some support.

Kingy team talk was fantastic as normal with the fantastic Dippy taking the well deserved Banter. He then delegate to Dazzer and Sedge to manage the team.

Buckden started really well as did we. However some positions Lingy and the young James were put in played into our hands. Clarky and Ray were two similar and Big Kev and Nigel clearing up early threats. We started to play, move the ball quickly and Simon was looking majestic on the ball. Sedge was pulling the strings and Two touch looked lifely as he did not play yesterday. Pearcy was clearing up at the back and Matt Linnel and Oli Day were chasing shadows in midfield as we dominated.

After 15 minutes a great tackle from Little Kev fell to Sedge who shot from 30 yards 1-0. This was after we Two touch and Sedge had hit the bar. Kingy articulated before he left that with three games to go Sedge and two touch were leading in the goal scoring stakes.

From the touch line it was majestic to watch and we were playing some superb footballand both Gavin and little Kev was were getting forward and Roy was a handful up front . Rudders was again trying too hard and missed several chances .

However a great ball to Rudders got on the other side of Pearcy and 2-0. You could see Buckden were struggling to stay with our pace and fitness. It wasn’t too long before Sedge got a great third and Two touch finally got on some fantastic wing play by Chris to make it 4-0. The time for Dippy and Jack to replace Rudders and little Kev.

Dippy was quick to get on the ball and get caught off side three times in the last ten minutes before setting up Big Roy to make it 5-0 . Sedge was calling the shots and advising the line to note his assists and then put clean thru by Rudders with only the keeper to beat he hit the bar.

After the 30 minute drinks break we seemed to think it was half time and Matt linnel set up Oli Day to make it 5-1 just before half time.

A fantastic first half and a great team performance . One of the best I have been involved in.

The half team team talk was very easy and Dazer made two Changes Stuart on for Gavin and  Little Kev back on.

We Started well again with Simon playing really well and two touch and Sedge driving the team forward. Dippy looked like he was enjoying himself and the sunshine. Another two offside.  Little Kev was put thru by Sedge only to hit the bar again?

Clarky was put in midfield by Buckden second half to be physical and ruff Two touch and Simon up. It wasn’t working as two touch won a great free kick. Usually Sedge is there first but Simon grabbed the ball 25 yards out.  7-1 what Simon deserved.

The next 10 minutes we has a rest with Oli Day making a great cross for Ray to make it 7-2.

We then stepped up the gears again and Pearcy was trying to confuse the Ref and the rest of us by calling out the score line and Ray and Lingy were getting very frustrated as the pace of our play was top draw.

Drinks break with 15 minutes to go. Another couple of changes. Dippy was taken off , and Two Touch and Roy had a rest. Dazer came on for the last 15 minutes and unfortunately a great cross caught us cold and Ray made it 7-3 .

The next 10 minutes saw little Kev after Nigel talked him thru the goal made it 8-3 and a great touch from Stuart the over 50 captain on Thursday got his Hatrick .

Two touch got his second and our 10th to keep in touch with Sedge on leading Goal scorer.

Blakey then called time as we were just about to get an 11th.

A great team performance and one of the best on a sunny day against a strong Buckden day. As always a lovely Buffet was enjoyed

 

 

Match Report: away to Redbull

Brilliant result at Red Bull. Thank you to all players

We were travelling to our old foes Redbull with this the deciding fixture after a win for each team earlier in the season. On arrival at the ground Rudders told us the disappointing news that our stand in keeper had pulled out with illness, which was a shame but we did not panic and without any argument or complaint Roy kindly donned the gloves.
That meant we only had 12 which left us a bit light against arguably the best team around.
Sedge picked a strong team though and it looked like they too had a couple of influential stalwarts unavailable.
The pitch at Pembroke was as good as ever and the early exchanges were fast and furious.
Roy was organising well alongside Nigel and Kevin at centre back and we were competing well all over the pitch.  Redbull had a new midfielder who was very tidy on the ball and a sprightly young forward who could cause problems with his pace if left unattended.
We had a few forays forward and Midge was unlucky with an acrobatic volley after a good exchange with Gavin- the ball narrowly flying wide.
They broke clear once but Roy was sharply out and blocked an effort well with his feet.
We were playing some good football but our opponents have a reputation for being clinical when mistakes are made so we all had to be on our toes.
After about 30 minutes we started on a quick break forward but as Midge slipped in Chris Keeble he pulled up quickly with a strained hamstring and had to be replaced by Headers who switched with Simon at right back - as Simon replaced Chris in midfield.
Within a minute we had taken the lead though. Some hesitancy at the back and pressure from Rudders enabled Midge to get free.  He charged into the box and unleashed a powerful drive into the bottom corner of the net across the keeper.  It was a great feeling to take the lead and our tails were up.
Redbull were unperturbed and had a quick break down the left. Daz made a great tackle at full stretch but sadly he failed to get up- another hamstring victim! Though he managed to drag himself to his feet and limp on for a bit her knew his morning was over and we were left with 10 men.
Their ex manager Trevor Munsy Muns had retired from vets management and playing at Christmas but when we went down to 10 he kindly got stripped and came on for us at half time. Trevor is a tidy player with good technique and he immediately started talking, cajoling and organising well for the rest of the game which was really appreciated by everyone.

We had led Redbull at the break before and ended on the losing side so we wanted to hit the ground running in the second half.  We started quickly and had a few good interchanges but before long a straightforward ball forward skimmed off someone's head and slipped past our defence.  Their big forward Hench pushed the ball past Roy and wide of the goal, the ball was almost out of play but from the acutest of angles he drove the ball in and there was nothing that the despairing dive of Nigel could do to keep it out. 1-1.
We were down but not out.
There was still plenty of time to go and they knew they were in a game.
Midge and Rudders were trying their best and getting some tough treatment from the opposition defence but it was a great competitive match with everyone giving 110percent.

Sedge brought a great save from the Keeper from a free kick on the edge of the box and Gavin came close too at the far post.  Some great play on the edge of the box saw Rudders with some space but his powerful drive low to the keepers right was saved acrobatically by Dave in the opposition goal.
The Game ebbed and flowed but we had the best chances as Dave clawed out a powerful Rudders drive high to his left from close range in the next interchange.
It was encouraging to hear their defenders calling for the final whistle and it duly came from the referee who had had an excellent game on the day.
Everyone in attendance on both sides had played a part and it was an excellent committed team display. Stand out performances were limited as everyone played so well but Kev Hurst was strong as ever, Roy did really well in goal, Simon was excellent in Midfield and Dave headers at right back had his best game for the team.  That said their keeper would have been a worthy winner if we were voting for them but Midge deserved the man of the Match award for terrific strong and brave hold up play throughout and a clinical finish.
It may be the last game we get to play at Pembroke but if so it was a great one to finish on and it was a credit to the Game and thoroughly enjoyable, as everyone hit the social club for a baguette a pint and some gherkins having had a serious work out with pride in tact and honours even...