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.