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.