Subject: Home vs Cambs Vets
It was a beautiful morning in the Hemingfords with bright sunshine and a game of football to play!
We have always enjoyed some good contests agains Cambridge Vets but usually run out winners.
We had a strong 14 to choose from and Daz May had taken over officiating duties from Blakey who has a very troublesome hip.
It was noted that putting Daz as referee was like having the wolf in charge of the sheep or chickens!
However, he had a good game and it was a quiet morning for him. A&E were happy anyway...
There is loads of grass on the pitch after the wet August and this bodes well for the remainder of the season.
That said, it was very long on Sunday but the morning dew on the surface did help us to pass the ball around quite swiftly and Blakey had also invested in some new warm-up balls for us too which were really appreciated.
We started brightly and were using the ball well without finding a breakthrough.
However, they had some nippy forwards who looked quick on the break and a combative midfield, so the rear guard had to be on their toes.
After around 15 minutes some good play saw Howard freed. He had an unfortunate stumble and fell to the floor. However as two defenders rushed towards him he managed to prod the ball away from them to Sedge who duly despatched a well struck goal off the outside of his right foot.
It was a good start and we continued to press. We were moving the ball around and the back 5 (including Alex) were working the ball forward nicely. Kevin Anderson was looking sharp and Keeble and Two Touch were competing well in midfield. Occasionally we did get caught in possession when we dwelt on the ball which was a little sloppy but fortunately either Youngy (in goal) or Nigel (sweeping around) managed to get enough pressure on the ball to keep the forwards at bay.
Sedge mixed it up on the half hour mark bringing on James up top and dippy on to the left wing. Chris Parker had suffered a couple of crunching tackles and he decided that was enough. We had a dodgy spell for 5 minutes, where we made problems for ourselves but fortunately we managed to stay in front and hold on to the clean sheet.
We went in at half time with a 1 - 0 lead and though we were reasonably dominant our opponents were still in the game.
In the second half we continued to press and after about an hour an incisive ball from Sedge freed James. The keeper managed to sprint from his box well and get a tackle in on him, but fortunately for us the ball ran straight to Two Touch who lifted a sublime side foot finish over the stranded keeper at the edge of his box and into the empty net. It was a really well taken finish, as sometimes people rush efforts like this and snatch at them. 2-0
Sedge and Howard were causing some problems but unfortunately Sedge failed to convert on at least 3 potential efforts that could have seen the Game finished off as a contest.
This was contagious though! With the opposition tiring we seemed determined to try to walk it into the net and gave away a couple of stupid off-sides.
That said we did get one of these breaks right, with Rudders unselfishly squaring to Two Touch to slide the ball into the net from close range with the keeper stranded.
The Game quickly finished with Cambridge having opted for 40 minute halves rather than 45 but in truth it was over as a contest by that stage and our superior fitness could have given Cambs even more problems in the last 10 of a regular match.
It was a good game though, played in a good spirit. This was the first home victory to add to our collection for the season and Two Touch provided a great lunch for everyone to enjoy.
Sedge was voted man of the match but it was a good 7.5 out of 10 performance from the team with everyone playing their part.