Redbull v Hemingford

We traveled to old foes Redbull on a bright sunny morning with a very strong squad of 15 available.

With so many good players it would have been possible to pick a few different teams and formations.

Redbull looked equally strong and the pitch was looking splendid as is usually the case there.

The tempo was excellent and both teams were both playing slick and sharp passing football moving the ball skillfully from back to front.

Both teams had spells of possession and in truth Redbull created 3 good chances. Kieren saved one, one was blazed over and another was rolled wide when it looked easier to score. That said we had a few half chances of our own but a combination of good defending or solid goalkeeping kept Midge and Howard at bay.

At half time we had a chat with the scores evenly poised at 0 - 0.

The second half continued at an impressive pace with some great moves put together by both teams.

As the half wore on we seemed to be getting more possession and we exerted some additional pressure. Howard and Midge were getting chances in the box now but the Redbull defence were defending for their lives and they made a few great blocks. Dave the keeper also pulled out a couple of good saves at full stretch, with one diving effort to his left keeping Sedge off the score-sheet. But it was far from one way traffic, the tricky Redbull Midfielder made space on the edge of the box and curled an exquisite whipped shot that cannoned back of the bar. We continued to press but couldn't find a breakthrough. After the recent 4 -4- thriller against Redbull, this match concluded in a fair 0-0 draw and in truth neither side deserved to lose.

Despite the scoreline - this was a really entertaining game, contested in a great spirit.

Everyone played well, including all of the subs who came on. If each player was scored we would have all got a seven or eight out of ten except for Simon and Gavin who would have got 8.5. Simon had his best game against Redbull in midfield and Gavin was super quick and mopped up brilliantly at centre back with a near faultless display.

It was honours even and another clean sheet. Simon was voted Man of the Match and we all returned to the Redbull pub for a drink and some friendly banter with the opposition.