Newmarket v Hemingford

The lads travelled away to Newmarket with 3 of the Buckden lads drafted in for support.

We had a useful 13 players and a good degree of confidence that we could do the job.

Newmarket always play some good football but in the past we have often come out on top with some younger legs in the camp.

The early exchanges saw us on top, moving the ball around well but without finding the cutting edge to make our possession pay.

As the half wore on, a miss-kicked corner was pushed around the box and swept in at the far post and we were trailing.

This gave our opponents a boost in confidence but we were determined to bounce back. We kept playing some good football, trying to do the right things, but at the interval we trailed our hosts 1-0.

After a good spell of pressure in the second half, Two Touch reacted quickly in the box and swept in a well-taken equaliser 1-1.

This spurred us on but before we could capitalise on our dominance a semi-cleared free-kick was lofted back into the box and their forward was in space. He controlled well, before smashing past Kieren who had no chance. 2-1 down. Sadly we were chasing the Game again.

Before long, we put together a fantastic move that went from the back all the way down the right with swift one-two's, flicks and skill. A clever ball from Howard caused problems in the defence and the ball fell to Sedge who clinically drilled left footed into the bottom corner from the edge of the box. Surely this would lead to us gaining the upper hand.

However, Newmarket had not read the script and within seconds their forward hooked in an unstoppable 1st time shot from 20 yards that gave Kieren no chance and suddenly we were trailing again! Despite some great performances in defence and consecutive clean sheets we found ourselves 3-2 down and we had not done too much wrong. However, as always the lads pulled together and kept probing. A great break saw Howard free down the right and driving into the box. Howard cleverly squared to Ray who unselfishly rolled the ball into Two-Touch, who calmly guided in a well-taken second and a deserved equaliser. 3-3.

We pushed for a 4th but could not break down the gutsy opponents and that is how it finished - a creditable and enjoyable 3-3 draw with everyone playing at least a half. Although we were slightly disappointed that we had not won, we were treated to quality hot dog and chips from the Newmarket lads at the local and it was another positive display that kept the long-unbeaten run going.