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From: ben firstname.lastname@example.org Date: 18 January 2016 at 21:21:05 GMT To: Neil King <NeilKing1957@Hotmail.com>, Jon Clark Jon@bigifa.co.uk, ben email@example.com Subject: Fwd: Cambs vets at Comberton
After a rain enforced lay off the lads made the trip to Comberton for some guaranteed 3G action against Trevor George's Cambs Vets. They are always a good bunch with some tidy players who always try hard, albeit we have had a bit too much quality, youth and work rate for them in recent encounters. We had a strong 15 man squad to choose from.
Clarky had been up all night working out a complex mathematical equation designed to give everyone as much play as possible and keep everyone warm in the winters temperatures. He just needed everyone to understand the plan and be ready at the appropriate time - sadly he forgot Dippy was playing! Dippy was raring to go, albeit he had adopted the look of of particularly unsuccessful " Big Issue" salesman before entering the fray. The game got underway in bright conditions but although we had plenty of possession initially, we seemed to be continually forced back by an energetic opposition who were working hard to stifle our forward momentum. The game was a little disjointed, with the overhead cables and our rotation system seemingly hampering our rhythm. That said, we did have a few useful breaks forward with Dippy, Kevin Anderson and the new boy - Paul all making runs forward. However after squandering a few early chances, a corner from our opponents was scrambled clear before dropping to Sedge, who only managed to clear it to the Comberton full back on the edge of the box. He picked his spot with a ruthless precision curler that left the despairing Jardine clutching at thin air. We kept our composure but we were not really hitting our sharpest levels, albeit Howard was causing the problems with his movement and guile. That said they were dangerous too and had had the best of the opportunities, hitting the post on one occasion and forcing Jard to make a good save with his outstretched foot. In an attempt to kick start the team, Stu Smith performed a flamboyant back heal that bamboozled his opponent and set us on the charge. Unfortunately for Stuart, his hamstring was even more surprised than the full back and he limped off for an early shower.
We went into the break a goal down and Clarky confirmed that we needed to up our game. It looked as if we had found a higher tempo when "Two Touch Hastings" found Sedge 25 yards from goal, unfortunately he hit the worst shot ever seen in adult football, much to the delight of Trevor! A minute later Sedge compounded his embarrassment as he mis-controlled a simple ball on the touch line, almost fell over and immediately subbed himself. With 10 fit outfield players on the pitch we began to take the ascendency. Gee and Two Touch were breaking down the right regularly and after an hour they had powered into the opposition box. Despite having the keeper at their mercy, it looked like the chance may have gone when we failed to take the shooting opportunity. Fortunately the ball ran to Howard who danced inside a defender and smashed the ball powerfully into the roof of the net for a clinical finish. 1-1. This was the catalyst for increased pressure with Paul, Kev, Gee and Two Touch all bossing the game. Matt had moved to right back and he seemed to be everywhere mopping up with his lightening speed. Poorey was also snuffing out the opponents with increasing ease.
Soon after Gee flicked the ball past two opponents on the right and as the ball bounced up he took it incredibly early guiding the ball powerfully over the stranded keeper. It was a finish of genuine Premier League quality that you rarely see - a truly sublime finish. 2-1. Despite our increasing control of the Game Clarky had managed to tangle himself in the children's goal at the side, bash his back and also get nut-megged which Kevin Anderson particularly enjoyed. Whereas the youthful Nigel Parker was closing down like a tenacious terrier with his enthusiasm and effort a joy to behold ( his day was only dampened by the lack of free food at the pub).
As the clock ticked down, Two Touch Hastings made a strong run past the last defender and held off a couple of opponents before toe-poking past the on-rushing keeper for a deserved third. 3-1.
The second half was a strong display and as the opponents tired we seemed to get stronger and stronger to run out deserved victors. Howard, Poorey, Two Touch, Kev Hurst, Paul, and Gee had particularly strong Games but the deserved winner of the MOTM award was Matt Warren.
Next week we entertain old foes St Ives who deservedly beat us earlier in the season. Hopefully we can get our act together from the start!
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