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-------- Original message -------- From: ben bensedgemore@hotmail.com Date: 25/01/2015 20:29 (GMT+00:00) To: NeilKing1957@Hotmail.com Subject: Away vs Redbull

Sunday the 25th January 2015 - The big day had arrived. This was the day that we would travel to the mighty Hardwicke Redbull with a really strong squad of fit players. Redbull have always been a great team with some quick youthful legs (for vets), some excellent technical ability and a strong winning mentality. They have always had a strong squad too to cover for any injuries. Today was no different and they turned up at the immaculate Pembroke college pitch full of confidence- but this time we were ready too! Their manager Trevor Muns -fresh from his latest "sign language" assignment for the BBC during the Cambridge v Man united match was taking a plenty of stick but when the game started it was down to business.

We started very brightly and soon became dominant all over the pitch which seemed to be a shock to our opponents. Howard and Roy were pulling defenders around and our midfield was working hard and moving the ball around in a crisp fashion. Glen in goal was sweeping everything up and the back four had restricted their lively forwards to a couple of speculative efforts. However, after all of the good work, a good through ball found their star striker in a yard of space and he side-footed over Glen with a cool finish. This was a genuine touch of quality but it was still a big disappointment after our dominant start but we did not panic and continued to threaten as we forced a number of corners in quick succession. An almighty scramble in their box saw bodies flying everywhere and though we appealed that the ball had crossed the line it was not given.

We had created far more chances than our illustrious opponents but we went into the half time break a goal down. We were all positive during the interval though, as we knew were were playing well and largely keeping their danger men quiet.

The second half ebbed and flowed with our team moving the ball around well in all areas until another moment of class from them saw a wonderful reverse pass pick out a midfielder in space, who slotted home with a clinical finish. Fortunately for us he was just offside. This was a big relief and they took the decision with good grace.

Soon after Sedge broke down the left after some slick interplay with Paul and Roy and drilled a ball into the six yard box. Again Redbull were defending for their lives and managed to scramble it away. Then Roy almost volleyed in a half chance after some good work from the lively Kevin Anderson. We now had two Matt Warren's on the pitch in an effort to bamboozle them and Matt's pace at the back was an excellent attribute to call on, complimented by the strength of James and Kevin Hurst. Wazza and Midge were working tirelessly for the team and Wazza nearly grabbed an equalizer with a clip to the far post that just flew wide. At the back Nigel and Paul had done great jobs keeping their tricky wingers quiet but could we get the goal back? Thankfully the answer was yes - as Midge delivered another cracker following on from his great Brace last week. This time Midge struck a sweet 25 yarder that left their giant keeper clutching at thin air as the ball arrowed into the bottom left hand corner of the net. This was really deserved and scenes of jubilant celebration ensued but could we go on and win it? Their best centre back went off injured after a clash with Roy and we were in the ascendency but we had to scramble ourselves soon after as the ball bounced off our bar and then the post after a good drive from outside the box. With Glen just managing to keep them at bay- maybe it would be our day. Darryl May had come on and as expected he immediately gave their star winger his calling card in usual fashion! It was great to see.

The clock was ticking down when Wazza clipped a wonderful ball into the box which Roy headed sweetly with tremendous power, the ball was flying towards the goal when the giant keeper clawed it over the bar at full stretch. So close... The seconds ticked away and the final whistle blew with honours even 1 -1. For the fist time they had not beaten us and we all had to be happy with the result despite our genuine desire to win this time. It was as good a game of vets football as you will see and everyone shook each other's hands in a spirit of genuine camaraderie and mutual respect.

We made a few changes over the 2nd half to give everyone at least some game time but the great attitude of our subs was really appreciated too. This was our chance to get our best ever result against Redbull so we had to take it and everyone played a part.

So it was off to the pub for terrific Pizza, chips, nachos and Estrella on tap. It was perfect. The only minor criticism was the bar staff who had dispensed with their skimpy clothes for significantly less attractive wooly jumpers! It must have been a bit cooler this time sadly. Some things never change though and Nigel Parker comfortably won the eating contest.

Well done everyone and hopefully we can keep the run going....

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