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.