Away v CUP

A strong 13 travelled to Cambridge University Press for what proved to be a really good game.

We started brightly with a really strong 11 and dominated the opening exchanges without really capitalising on our superior possession of the ball.

That said after about 20 minutes a great move saw Howard fly down the right channel with typical speed before squaring characteristically for Sedge who managed to beat the defender and guide the ball into the top corner with his right foot. 0-1 to Hemingford.

It was no more than we deserved but in fairness to the opposition they had some good ball players in the middle who were all comfortable in possession and it was a good even encounter on a warm morning.  Some of the interplay between Midge and Howard was a joy to behold and razor sharp but we just failed to finish all of our chances.  With around 35 minutes gone, a terrific move from CUP was rewarded with an impressive precision finish that gave Roy Shaw (deputising in goal) no chance.  1-1 . This rocked us a little but CUP were up for the fight and we knew we had to be on our game.

With minutes of the 1st half remaining Howard freed himself down the right again and in his usual style he squared to Sedge who tried to replicate his earlier finish.  The CUP defence were keen not to be undone again and a strong challenge blocked Sedge's shot with his right.  Fortunately the blocked ball wriggled free and Sedge swivelled quickly and lashed the loose ball into the roof of the net with his left. 1-2 . Almost immediately, the impressive ref blew up for half time.

We knew we were in a game and all 13 players were shuffled regularly with everyone taking their turn willingly.

The defence, midfield and forwards were all playing well.  Geordie debutant Rory had to put in a few strong challenges and Roy had to punch a couple of opposition forays away.

Midge, Howard and Kev Anderson all came close before Conner freed Howard who managed to wriggle free and slot past their keeper 1-3 for a well taken 3rd.  It was a relief to put clear water between us and our opponents and we saw the game out strongly, albeit it had certainly been a challenging encounter that would have boosted our fitness as well as our play.

The Game was competitive but it was another good win for us with good performances all round.