And Kevin Hirst scored a header, there is talk that the queen is going to give us a days holiday to celebrate this.
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Home vs Cambs Vets
The lads assembled at the Pavilion on another bright sunny day.
We had lost a couple of dangerous players from the week before with Midge and Chris Parker unavailable but Clarky put himself forward to run the line and only come on if required, as he was hoping to regain full fitness by the end of October. The pitch looked good and Blakey produced the goods again with some top quality balls!
We had a strong 12 to choose from without Clarky, so Daz May went on the bench as it was his first appearance of the season- much to the relief of the opposition and their shinpads.
Our opponents always make a good Game of things and they looked to have added a couple of more youthful players to the spine of the team. The early exchanges were tight and competitive. The ball was perfect and with a slight zip on the hard surface your touch had to be spot on. Cambs were clearly up for the fight and there were a couple of hefty but fair challenges around the pitch. As the match settled down it looked like we had a little more quality and we began to get on top. Chris and Two Touch were working their socks off to close down in midfield and Nigel and Kev were razor sharp at the back. Howard and Sedge were causing some problems up top and we began to put the opposition under increasing amounts of pressure. A great cross from Kev Anderson found Sedge who powered a downward bullet header into the ground towards the goal. From nowhere the agile keeper managed to dive and get a hand on it to deflect it onto the bar. Howard broke again smartly and only a last ditch tackle prevented a certain goal from 10 yards. Soon after a great corner was swung in and Kev Hurst managed to angle in a header at the far post- we all thought he was heading it back across goal and fortunately so did the keeper. 1-0 We continued to press and there was some tremendous high intensity closing down all over the pitch. Before long Sedge dispossessed the fullback and fed Howard neatly in the box. Howard evaded a tackle and fed the on-rushing Two Touch who was rampaging towards goal before despatching a cool finish into the net. He had really deserved the goal after a powerful display to that point. However, his celebrations were short-lived as he was soon on the receiving end of a thunderous hit (albeit accidental) from behind. There was a clash of heads and it was clear from the high pitched scream, the tears and the subsequent calls for his mummy that he was in some discomfort having lost the sensation in his hooves! In truth it looked like a bad one and there was genuine concern that he may have been seriously injured. The full back who collided with him seemed to be suffering too with concussion so it was a hefty challenge for both parties. Roy was quickly into action calling an ambulance but unfortunately they did not have a clue what he was saying with his thick Glaswegian accent! A pepperami pizza turned up soon after instead of a paramedic-this was Glen's highlight of the day! Fortunately Two Touch slowly recovered and was enjoying some of the stick from the lads whilst soaking up the rays on the bench. The ref called a halt as we were not too far from half time and we all agreed that it was the right thing to do.
We planned to keep our tempo and work-rate up to keep the pressure on our opponents and before long we had taken almost total control of the Game. There was some crisp passing all over the pitch and Daryl had settled in brilliantly. Roy was playing some confident balls around and having some terrific interplay with Paul Sully. Gavin was looking sharp doubling up with Kevin Anderson and the play was sharp and crisp all over the pitch. Glen was having a relatively easy afternoon- but after his heavy night the night before it was probably a good thing for his heavy body.
Before long Kevin Anderson picked out a terrific cross for Paul who managed to evade his marker by ghosting in from the far post to drill into the net with his right foot for a good 3rd goal. The lads were looking fitter than Cambs now and the superiority soon told again as Sedge danced in from the right to drill an unstoppable drive into the top corner of the net from just outside the box. It was a great goal to make it 4-0. However, it was not one way traffic and Glen earned his sandwich by making a good save when Trevor George escaped the defence for once.
Howard was still proving to be a major threat with his sharpness and movement and before long he broke down the right with pace, crossing an inviting ball into the middle which the unfortunate defender headed into his own net for 5-0. Daz was as combative as ever, continuing to apply pressure to the guys in the middle. His passing was great too and the ball was moving around really well all around the pitch.
Before long it was six, as Sedge pulled the ball and the defender left and right before smashing another good shot that flew past the keeper with a slight deflection.
However, Cambs got in on the action with a well taken goal that they crashed into the roof of Glens net from close range after a good break from their right winger. 6-1
Roy was having a great Game from Left back and he soon jinked past three players, cutting into the edge of the area before shooting goalwards.
The sprightly Anderson was into the action too after another good display. He took the ball in the middle, switched it onto his right foot before crashing a powerful drive into the roof of the net from 20 yards to make it 7-1 and a resounding victory.
It was another tremendous display that seemed to have really surprised our opponents. There was no doubt they were happy to hear the final whistle. Everyone contributed a great deal to the performance. Everyone encouraged each other, worked tirelessly and showed a great deal of composure and quality. It was arguably another one of our best displays for the duration of the match.
It was great to play in and Chris Keeble played well and supplied an excellent lunch for both teams. 5 wins in a row and each one a convincing victory so far...roll on next week.
Ps Two Touch is OK after a precautionary x-ray revealed he had a really low pain threshold...and a crap sarong[cid:3fc317c7-fb6f-4d1a-9762-b1b092ad8955]
From: Neil King
Great result mate. Is anyone doing the report? Who scored ? I think we have a very good squad nowi
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