Godmanchester v Hemingford

Jubilee Park was the venue for this game, with Goddie fielding a young and physical side. Hemingford were missing Ben Sedgemore but had drafted in Midge and Crunchie, with Nigel Parker in charge of team selection. The pitch was heavy and the wind forecast to build in strength as the day wore on. From the start it was clear that any kind of passing game was going to be difficult although both teams were doing their best in the circumstances. Hemingford, with their backs to the wind in the first half, were containing the opposition front line but a split offside decision went the way of the hosts and they took advantage to open the scoring. Chances fell to both Midge and then Two-touch stretching to connect to a great shot from Chris Parker which came back off the bar but the sticky pitch conspired against them and they were unable to convert. Barely 10 minutes more had been played however, when Simon found Andy from a hard won corner. It looked as though he had opened his account for us but their keeper made a good reaction save only for Kev Hirst to net the rebound. At this stage 1-1 was about right, but this quickly became 3-1 when first a free header gave their centre an easy chance and he followed this with another snap shot into the top corner after some scrappy play in the area. Kieran in goal had already made several good saves but was powerless to stop these efforts.

A lifeline was thrown to Hemingford when Midge was upended on the edge of the box but Howie’s penalty was pushed away and the half ended with no further scoring. Stu Smith and Simon had both succumbed to injury by this stage, with Kev Anderson and Crunchie taking up the challenge. Playing into a strengthening wind it looked a forlorn task for Hemingford but Goddie were overplaying their passes and Kieran was defiant in goal. On the hour mark however, a speculative lob into the box evaded the central defence and their forward got enough on his header to guide the ball home. With the score at 4-1 it was always going to be difficult against a strong side and worsening conditions but this Hemingford team will always play to the final whistle. Gavin reduced the deficit with a well taken goal, using his pace to be first to the ball and sliding it under the keeper. A difficult passage of play followed as the wind grew ever stronger but from a poor clearance Crunchie picked up the ball on the edge of the area and found the corner of the net...4-3. With ten minutes remaining Midge collected the ball 25 yards out and his stinging shot, which looked goal-bound, cannoned off a defender’s back and left their keeper helpless. The post-match analysis in the Hemingford dressing room centred around the actual final score, some thinking that Goddie had scored twice in the second half, but keeper Kieran was adamant that he knew how many times he had been beaten and so the records will show a second consecutive 4-4 draw. Given the conditions and the youthful opposition this was an excellent result.