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Old foes St Ives rolled into the Hemingfords on Sunday morning with a good squad on a bright crisp day for football.
The Hemingford squad was strong in all departments and it looked like we were in good shape for the Game.
Kingy picked a powerful team and it was tough to fit everyone in after our terrific unbeaten start to the season (All wins and 1 draw).
We welcomed a new keeper Andy into the fold as Glen had finally managed to get transport to his new job in Cleethorpes after trying to hitch a lift for 2 years!
The early exchanges were pretty even with both teams trying to move the ball around the park well.
Midge and Howard were combining well up top and the midfield began to gain control.
We won a number of corners which Chris Parker swung in brilliantly and although we were winning the headers on each occasion we could not quite steer them home. Kev Hursts 50P shaped head managed to send one wide from close range much to the amusement of Kingy who had watched the first 10 minutes.
After about 20 minutes Sedge closed down a defensive clearance and had a break as the ball ricocheted towards goal before he was pulled back at about 25 yards out.
Two Touch hit a strong free kick towards the top corner and fortunately for us a fumble from the keeper saw the ball creep in at the far post. 1-0.
St Ives kept plugging away though and within minutes a good ball forward from Big J (who had played for us before) split our defence and Jez Hall lobbed the ball over the onrushing keeper for a good finish. 1-1. It was a momentary lapse from our otherwise strong defence but St Ives duly punished us.
Matt the St Ives skipper was as vocal as ever which failed to endear him to most of our team but aside from that the game was played in a competitive but fair spirit.
We enjoyed some good breaks down the flanks and a couple of teasing crosses almost caused openings before Midge broke away to steer in a 2nd after a good break.
Moments later it was 3 -1. Howard danced in from the left flank evading a couple of tackles before the ball ran to Sedge on the edge of the box who rifled in left footed from the edge of the box.
Some of our closing down was good and we looked like we may have an advantage in fitness and mobility.
It was a close game though and St Ives still troubled us on the break but we went into the break with a 2 goal lead.
Sedge had a slight hamstring stain and Dippy replaced him at half time after prolific displays from our simpleton in recent weeks.
Again chances came and went with all of our front players causing problems as well as being well supported by the lively Paul and impressive Gavin our fullbacks.
Bozo (another player who had played for us previously) latched onto a good cross after about an hour to score a great volley on the run. That made it 3-2 and St Ives were still pressing. Roy came on at left back and Pearcey went into midfield as the game continued to ebb and flow.
Two Touch had a great strike which just went wide and we forced their keeper into action on a number of occasions.
Try as we might we could not seem to increase our advantage.
Sadly with about 5 minutes remaining a deep free kick was misjudged in our area allowing Big J to nod into an unguarded net.
It made it 3-3 which was a good result for the spectators but a bit of a disappointment for us.
It was a good debut from Andy in goal and our unbeaten run was maintained despite a run of tough fixtures in recent weeks.
In truth it was a good game though and the post match sandwiches, pizza and crisps from Paul were also really well received in the packed bar.
Gavin Reynolds was deservedly named man of the match after some outstanding displays in recent weeks and a strong resolute display on the day.
Bring on Newmarket...