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The lads made their way to old foes Redbull with a very strong squad for an encounter on the immaculate surface at Pembroke College. The weather was great and everyone was getting ready and looking forward to the game. Unfortunately Gavin and Jard had gone on a sight seeing tour of the cambridge colleges ( evidently Jard was convinced he had left his football brain at one of the collegesthirty years ago- but sadly he still could not find it) so we were all there but the kit was the last to arrive. Blakey was ref for the day and it was good to see a friendly, if portly face take to the field. There was not much time for a team talk as we were late and the game quickly started. Redbull were looking to extend their unbeaten run for the full season but looking at them it was clear to see that they were missing three of their best players in Harradine, Tommy and coggers. We had nearly all of our best players to choose from and many of the subs could easily have been selected as starters, so there was a genuine chance for us to take the famous Redbull scalp on the day. We started brightly and immediately began to dominate. Gavin was dinking some great clips into Nigel and Howard's feet, midge was troubling the Redbull back line with movement and great hold up play and kev hurst was razor sharp at the back reacting to everything quickly. Sedge and two Touch in the middle had taken a grip of the midfield and Paul and Chris Parker were causing problems down he left too. Glen and Poorey were mopping up every attack too and it was the most dominant we had been against these guys. We were causing problems all over the place and a couple of their lads picked up injuries from the exertion of trying to keep us at bay. After about 25 minutes, Howard received the ball into feet! Sedge darted right and then left to confuse the defender and Howard popped the ball to him. He touched it to the left and rifled in a 20 yard drive into the bottom corner that left the keeper stranded. It was a Lothar matteus style finish and it was no more than we deserved. This rocked Redbull but try as they might they could not get into the ascendency. We continued to press, with some great passing all over the pitch but failed to capitalise on our dominance.
Half time came with the score at 1-0.
We had a quick chat and the second half was soon underway. Nigel had been replaced by Chris Keeble and Nigel and Roy rotated a few guys around from the sidelines to give everyone a game. We did not enjoy the same amount of possession as the first half but we were still causing them a load of problems and looking relatively untroubled at the back. Gee came into the fray but soon limped off with an unfortunate hamstring problem. Jard caused the defence a few problems with his pace and Daz slotted in at left back well. Unfortunately a routine throw for us caught Poorey in two minds and their nippy forward Sam picked his pocket and clipped a great clinical finish over Glen who was stranded. 1-1. It was one of their few clear cut chances but he took it brilliantly and the galling thing was it had been our fault. Chances came and went with A powerful drive from midge and a few headers from Howard testing the keeper. kev hurst showed some quick feet in the box to get a sharp shot in that the keeper dived low to his left to hang onto. Jard outstripped the defence in the dying embers of the game but opted to shoot when a squared ball to Midge would have seen him staring at an empty net. In fairness they had a couple of breaks too but a mixture of good defending and organisation from Glen and the defence kept them at bay Everyone had put in a creditable display and Blakey was good too! It is always a tough game to ref against them as they appeal for everything but Blakey handled it all really well and even they agreed... It was a missed opportunity and we know we afforded them too much respect because of their dominance in some of our previous encounters. That said they have a strong winning mentality and a never say die attitude. It was pleasing to hear them pleading for the final whistle at the end but in truth we know we let them off the hook and we may not get a better chance. That said everyone got some play, the pitch was great, the pizza, nachos and chips were as good as ever (not to mention the cloudy lemonade) and there was mutual respect between both sides. Thanks to everyone though for taking their turn and playing their part as it is always tough to mix it up too much against Redbull.
The M.O.M this week was a 2 horse race with Sedge and Kevin Hirst both getting over 5 votes, but Sedge just pipped it Well done to you all Kingy