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The lads travelled to CUP full of confidence after 5 straight wins from 5 and 33 goals!
It was good to see Two Touch back from the grave after his near death experience last week and there was plenty of good natured banter flying around in the changing rooms.
Sedge shuffled the pack significantly as we had a good squad of 16 in attendance by deciding to try to give everyone at least 60 mins as he clearly thought we had enough in the locker to secure the victory with the group that we had assembled. Sedge, Midge, Poorey, Daz May and Daz L started on the bench so we had a really strong squad to choose from.
The pitch was good with a slick greasy surface after some rainfall the night before and there was a slight breeze behind us in the first half.
Unfortunately we failed to get into our stride as quickly as normal and before we knew it a few passes were going astray and we were playing some long balls that regularly skidded through to the keeper. Glen had to be alert at the other end as Chad their lively forward was causing a few problems by dropping into the hole and fortunately Glen was on his toes to sweep up whenever required.
That said we still created a few chances with Dippy causing a number of problems. Before long Howard played a great cutback to Two Touch who hit a great shot towards the top corner. However, from nowhere the keeper flew to his left to make a terrific save. After 20 minutes we had failed to reach top gear as well as failing to score and tempers began to get a little frayed, which is most uncharacteristic of our team and the camaraderie we have enjoyed. Sadly a bit of needless moaning crept into the Game.
We shuffled the pack again on the half hour mark with all 5 subs entering the action and we started to have little more of the play but the keeper continued to impress, saving well from Midge on a good break but it was good to see that we were playing some improved shorter passing. Unfortunately Howard had to come off with a kick to his foot and Poorey lasted about 2 minutes before his achilles gave him a big problem and he too had to be withdrawn.
At half time we all agreed to cut out the moaning and to keep pressing.
In the second half we did dominate proceedings throughout but try as we might we could not seem to get our noses in front. The keeper saved brilliantly from Sedge, Midge and Chris Parker before we finally made a breakthrough. Sedge intercepted a pass in their right back position and squared a ball into the corridor of uncertainty, Midge slid in and made a slight contact on the ball with his stud as it ran through to Chris Parker who duly despatched it at the far post. Sadly the referee determined that this was offside as a result of the minimal touch from Midge's toe. This was a lucky escape for CUP. However, CUP had a strong squad that was resiliant and hard-working and they had a few new additions who looked lively, most notably the keeper, the right winger and a diminutive central midfielder who came late.
That said we continued to dominate despite giving the opposition a couple of gilt edged opportunities following a couple of bits of sloppy play at the back. Fortunately our opponents were equally wasteful.
Their impressive keeper had to go so we thought this may improve our chances. However, further chances for Sedge, Two Touch, Midge, Daz and Chris Parker failed to produce a goal. Finally the ball dropped to Kev Anderson who latched onto a mis-kick in the defence and he struck towards an empty net from 30 yards. Unfortunately the ball trickled just wide of the far post.
That's is how it ended 0 - 0, after 33 Goals we failed to find the net despite our best efforts. It was disappointing as we had really been flying but at least we had not lost.
This takes us to the impending arrival of Redbull on Sunday at Home and hopefully we have saved a few our our goals for these old foes! We shall see.
Those that hit the pub enjoyed some quality chip butties and we all went home as friends again...