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As Hemingford Vets stepped out for the final game of the season a number of familiar faces were missing but I suspect they will all make it for the free beer and burgers, see you there boys! One new face in goal was Martin and we thank him for turning out for us this week. For Money Laundering purposes I cannot include his surname.
Kingy tried to sell the idea of someone hosting a BBQ for an end of year presentation; without a rush of volunteers Wazza was nominated by Kingy, thanks Wazza shame you weren’t there, we miss you and promise not to trash your lovely home.
Anyway back to the footie. On a bright but blustery spring day Kingy opted to leave over 160 year’s of experience on the bench, that was only 3 players, you do the maths. Anyway we knew this was a shrewd tactical move and a masterplan for Kingy who then left for an 80th birthday party which apparently was’nt his. Clarky lost the toss but persuaded the opposition to kick with the wind in the first half so it would be easier for the Zimmer brigade in the 2nd.
This appeared to be a much changed Cottenham team from the past and Hemingford would have to work hard if they were to come away with a victory on this particular visit. Both teams competed well in the early stages with some good passing moves but neither team could create a clear opportunity, defences and keepers were on top. It is hard to pick out some of the fine detail as the subs were so old it was difficult to see what was happening and when we could see it we couldn’t remember what had happened!
It looked as though the first half may end goalless but the home team capitalised on a loose ball in the 6 yard box and headed home from short range, 1:0 at the break. Tactically speaking I reckon it was a ‘2 goal wind’ and believed Hemingford could take the 2nd half to Cottenham and produce the win that was desperately wanted. Gavin Reynolds at right back and Paul Sully at left back had worked tirelessly in the 1st half and had not put a foot wrong so it was obvious that they would be rested to allow Stu Smith and Roy Shaw to stir things up. This cunning plan worked well and 15 minutes into the 2nd half the equaliser arrived. Roy Essendoh, had been a thorn in the side of the Cottenham defence all game and when he picked the ball up just inside there half he surged forward and left several Cottenham players in his wake before slipping the ball past the hapless Cottenham goalkeeper, 1:1. To be honest a great individual goal which raised the spirits of the Hemingford side and spurned them on to a 2nd moments later. A well-rehearsed corner by Kevin Anderson fell to Chris Keeble, who was having another inspirational game, this time he disguised his pass to look like a mishit shot and found Roy to blast home a 2 yard toe poke, 1:2. Time to make some further tactical changes, Darren Lawrence and Kev Anderson again had worked hard on the flanks, linking play and providing many crosses between them, just victims of squad rotation, this allowed Paul and Gavin to both return but now in midfield. The solid looking back 4 remained in place with Kev Hurst doing a great job on their big number 16 and when anything got passed him Nigel Parker was there to clean up. A Hemingford 3rd soon arrived when the tireless Roy pressed forward and released Two Touch who looked as though he was going shoot but thankfully and unselfishly he squared the ball immaculatley to the oncoming Paul Sully who made no mistake from 1 yard by hitting the roof of the net and was relieved he was not 2 yards out. Jon Clark then came on for Jardine up front to give Roy’s ear a rest. Unfortunately Kev Anderson then copped it on the side line. So it was now a ‘3 goal wind’ and Hemingford looked comfortable but Cottenham were not giving up. With a minute remaining they scored a 2nd to make it 2:3 but had not left enough time to create any more chances. On the balance of play I think 2:3 was a fair r result and this will also be the conclusion when debated on Match of the Day tonight.
Nigel Parker kept up his fine performance in the changing room after the game with the odd funny quip and then demolished the sausage and chips before going home for his Sunday roast.
We thank the hosts for their kind hospitality and a competitive yet fair 90 minutes.
Great season boys, make sure you make the presentation do.
Just one further point I do remember Kev Hurst being magnificent today and has been throughout the whole season, even when he did not play. He will definitely be getting my vote for player of the year, if you email Kev your bank details he will make sure he gets your vote too.
The M.O.M goes to Roy Essendoh
I will be in touch asap about b.b .q do. Kingy
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