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From: ben bensedgemore@hotmail.com Date: 14 December 2015 at 18:32:14 GMT To: Jon Clark Jon@bigifa.co.uk, Neil King <NeilKing1957@Hotmail.com> Cc: ben bensedgemore@hotmail.com Subject: The lads demolish newmarket old boys

After a rainy week we all made our way down to the ground fearing that it may be called off. Fortunately the pitch had held up far better than ref Blakey's body - with junior Clark filling the void as an able understudy. It looked like a good day for football for the hard core footballer but we only had 13 to choose from and Newmarket only had 11! With Jardine imprisoned in goal,we were struggling for forwards, so Sedge and Steve two touch ( Steven Hastings) the Hemingfords new Sheringham and Shearer up top. Stu and Dazza were on the bench as we had plenty of defenders but we had a strong squad albeit relatively light in numbers. The game was an even affair from the start. Newmarket are always technically good but a fair bit older than our team collectively. The heavy pitch was not easy but we did have a few good forays forward without finding the killer touch. After 25 minutes, our opponents lost one of their centre backs to a strained calf and our worst nightmare happened- bounding on to the pitch like a hungry cannibal came the one man army of Darrel May! Everyone checked their pads, took a deep breath and the game continued! They were creating a few chances on the break with one chance just missing the post, shortly after Darrel nearly scored for them as his volley from a corner skimmed the angle and flew over the fence. At the other end we had a few scrambled efforts but the keeper made the save of the day p from a terrific right footed Volley from Roy. He struck it sweetly from 20 yards diving low to his right and tipped it around the corner. It would have been the best goal from a Scottish player in 2015! Shortly after, another corner was half cleared to Kev Anderson who smashed an accurate volley back into the 6 yard box, where Kev Hurst was on hand to skillfully direct it into the net. The two kev's had combined well to see us take the lead. Soon after the half time whistle went and we retired to the changing room with a 1-0 lead which we just about deserved.

We planned to up our tempo in the second half and everyone rose to the challenge. Our passing was crisper and our movement was sharper and we were causing some serious problems for our opponents. They always tried to move the ball with accuracy but our greater athleticism was proving tough for them to counter and we were beginning to dominate all over the pitch. Before long Sedge danced down the left. H his first cross was blocked by heir speedy defender but it ricocheted to Sedge again who skillfully side footed a half volley into the path of the on-rushing Steve Two Touch who calmly applied the finish. 2-0. Stu, Roy and Clarky were interchanging at intervals and Nigel and Chris Keeble were keeping the possession well. The defence was well on top now with Darren Lawrence regularly fed by Matt who was sweeping up any issues. Soon after it was 3-0, Steve returned the favour for Sedge by driving the ball towards the keeper at the near post. The greasy ball squirmed through the keepers gloves and Sedge reacted first to drive home from 25 yards- correction- 25 inches! The lads up top seemed full of running but the speed may have been spiced up by adrenalin/ fear of the close proximity of Dazza! Nigel was first to feel the force, picking himself up from a solid Daz block tackle and soon after Steve took a shin kick that was quickly followed by a swift elbow to the midriff! Dazza was clearly taking it easy on us though, as the air ambulance was not scrambled on Sunday! Jard replaced Sedge up top and Clarky donned the gloves for the last 15 minutes. Soon after a flick on by Steve freed Chris who smashed in a powerful drive that flew past the keeper for the goal of the day. Jard and Clarky both claimed the clean sheet and it was a strong dominant display in the second half to see us run out 4-0 winners.

Newmarket played with conviction and technique with Percy and Terry showing some real skill and football brains, the pacey centre back made life difficult for us, a couple of workmanlike wingers and the strong number 3 - who was a powerhouse in the air all giving us problems to contend with. However our younger fitter team had a bit too much for Newmarket on the day.M.O.M Chris Keeble Roll on the Jason king eleven and the challenge of unlimited Moretti! I am sure we will all be up for it again...

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