Games for the Mens 1s are becoming increasingly important: 'Huge Game', 'Enormous Game' - I've checked the thesaurus for some future adjectives for upcoming games: 'Colossal', 'Gargantuan', 'Mammoth', 'Massive' and 'Absolute Unit of a Game'. Basically at this stage, every game is a 'Vast' game (pushing my luck here).
I would describe this game as a 'Titanic Game' (Spoilers). Top of the table clash, six points on offer. Twenty-one players to be selected from, sixteen man squad plus Paul (credit to Stu, Harry and Paul, because I doubt selection this week was enjoyable).
South started strong. The emphasis was on intensity throughout and keeping our discipline. We were working the ball up the pitch nicely, linking up the midfield and forward line, leading to an early drive by Tom K who stepped smartly into the D to smash home a top corner finish. A good start for South, just what we needed.
Nomads responded with some dangerous attacking play, winning consecutive short corners and converting one to draw the scores level. South dropped on to the back foot, dropping the intensity slightly and Nomads popped in another goal. Heads dropped, but only briefly as some swift movement and passing lead to Harry L hitting (I know, a rare sight these days) a shot that was neatly deflected by Sam at the near post.
We go into the break two-two, lucky to have a Nomads' goal disallowed for some back stick shenanigans. The emphasis of the talk is to keep up the intensity throughout the second half, use our numbers and wear them down.
South press the attack. A nervy ten minutes from both sides sees some scuffles (the late rugby kick off clearly on some people's minds), cards and a lovely hit from Stu that cleared the fence and saw the bulk of the Lemon votes come his way. South pushed on and found that crucial goal to put them back in the lead - a crash ball into the D popped up for Mark to skillfully deflect it from high above his head into the goal (winning him MoM comfortably).
I wish I could end the match report here, but unfortunately Nomads aren't the sort of team to roll over and let us have it. They pushed right back and the next ten minutes saw some high pressure coming into our D, but South kept up the pace looking for more goals to seal the win. A couple of quick Nomads counters cut through the defense and put away two very well worked goals and all but sealed the loss for South. Three-four the final score.
We open on a cold winter's day. Fears of match cancellations had been brewing throughout the week. However thanks to a great effort organised by Stu, the games were back on (at least the ones at South were).
The match against Bourne Beeping was an important one. They had crept up to fifth in the table and posed a real threat. Thankfully we had the squad to take them on. The game started strongly with most possession in South's favour, until suddenly a short was conceded and they somehow found the backboard: one-nil Bourne Deeping. This wasn't going to stop us though as we pressed on and a well worked play led to a great finish by Walshy: one-all.
The second half got underway as the sun was enjoying playing a game of hide and seek behind the clouds, changing the temperature from cold, to miserably cold. Agitations ran high as we fought for a second goal. I saw an opportunity to be a star when Ollie "Wizard" Lamming set me through on goal; there were visions of top bins finishes and the fans going wild. However in the end I decided to tee off on the ninth and sent the ball drastically wide and high. This did not help with the agitation which was further exaggerated two minutes later when the ref didn't give a potential free. I politely inquired, "Good sir, I believe you may have made a mistake there?" (at least that's what I thought I said), for which I was swiftly shown the green card.
We fought on and another well worked goal led to a strong finish from the wizard himself, followed up towards the end with a goal from Jack Chalk. The final whistle blew: three-one Cambridge South, on to a crucial game next week against Spalding 2s…
Let's try and keep this momentum going.
P.S. I have no comment on the rugby.
The blow of a boreal wind and the snow of the coldest winter night in seven years were no match for the dogged determination of Jan and his team to have the pitch ready in time for this important clash of teams fighting to avoid relegation.
Armed with shovels and brushes the pre-match warm up cleared the pitch to a verdant green and with the sun now shining South took up their positions to start. That is except Stu, who toyed between wearing track suit bottoms and boxers as the traditional playing shorts were somehow absent. Thankfully for all concerned he chose the former and we were underway.
Throughout the first half South looked the stronger side with Jo in particular causing the opposition problems up front. The skilful defence of St Neots held firm however and the visitors were not without their own attacks, requiring solid defensive work from the back line of Jan, Dave, George, Pete, and Matt in goal.
But with better passing and moving South increasingly threatened with several balls hit into the D only centimetres from a South stick, first Rob, then Paul. Oh, so close. But then on twenty minutes the Oli's combined, Scott thundered a superb cross to the back post where Weston had shaken off his marker to be perfectly placed to tap in. South were ahead.
The second half continued much the same (though Stu now had shorts!) with James, John and JJ in the centre increasingly finding space and distributing well to Jelley and Stu out wide. Further crosses followed and short corners, but a second goal proved frustratingly elusive. Such as when Dave drove forwards from defence with gusto and, finding himself in the D with ball on the stick, swung ferociously. The result was closer to felling a tree than scoring a goal, but it lifted the South players to up their game.
St Neots, though now tired with no substitutes to our four, never failed to give it their all and continued to threaten, making it a nail biter for the courageous crowd braving the cold. But one-nil it stayed; three vital points for the team.
After much anticipation as to whether the match was going to be on, we got the go ahead saying it was definitely on due to some marvellous pitch sweeping by some of the men the night before and in the morning, after a new dump of snow arrived. Thankfully our match was at 3pm, that’s all I’m saying…
It was a tough start but with a South press we managed to keep Sudbury out of our D with goalkeeper Louise only touching the ball once! Izzy told us not to panic if we didn’t do our famous goal within five minutes. We always listen to Izzy, so didn’t and within fifteen minutes we went one-nil up. A goal scored by Sarah with fun attacking play up the right from the fun little crew at the back, through to the front with fun linking passes from Izzy to Sarah and great positioning in the D. A strong hit from the top of the D by Sarah flew straight past the defenders and the goalie, which gave us our first fun goal of the day! Such fun!
Half time talk and the fun Paul showed great support as ever, giving us a much needed team chat along with our fun little bag of jelly babies. This sorted us right out and we were ready to go: this match wasn’t going to end one-nil.
We started stronger than ever. Nifty little passes through the back line of H, Ellie, Jenny and Lauren moved the ball up to Annie. With a cheeky fun little run down the wing, Annie hits the ball to Jess who slots it towards the post for a fun finish from Eimear who, perfectly positioned on the post, swipes it in! Two-nil.
Not finished yet, we take up our final fun goal of the match and what a goal to finish on. A fun short corner with a fun line up of Eimear, Izzy MP, H, Annie, Ellie, Jenny, Jess, Aoife, Lauren, Hannah, Sarah, Dani A, Grace and Louise (a fun little way to make sure everyone was mentioned!). We had all options covered on this short corner; we had a few fun left slips and a few fun right slips not to mention a fun bit of backing up from Jess. The ball was injected from Hannah, Izzy slipped the ball to Dani A who dribbled round the keeper to finish us off, three-nil up.
A solid fun win of three-nil. That’s my girls.
…The fun didn’t stop there though…
It was a quick stop at the pub for Jess’s much-looked-forward-to chip butties, before all heading off to get well prepared for the fun night that lay ahead of us!
Rocking up at Izzy’s fun lil crib, we gathered before heading to the Hop and Grain to join the social and ordering one too many Parma Violet gins with Lemonade (such a fun drink to recommend!) After a revamp of the DJ’s music by H, and Jess becoming a bar tender with her tonic on the tap, we headed over to Lola’s (a rogue turn of events). With our fun Lola’s wrist bands we headed straight on in and boogied the night away with a few little wardrobe changes. The most fun night with the most fun team.
Oh and of course, the night ended with an obligatory trip down to Maccies, this time going rogue on the nugs with a chicken burger. Cheeky but fun.
And that concludes the L2s’ twenty-four hours of fun.
Love you all,