Greased lightning, sprinting for the first goal.
Greased lightning, slipping over and into the fence.
Congrats to the South 4th team on our three-one win over the Ely 2nd team - a well deserved win, we kept battling all the way to the end, great team effort. Our Man of the Match was Jimmy, who thoroughly deserved it after an amazing run down the line and acute finish from the byline, followed with a well-rehearsed celebration by slipping to the ground.
Ely then started to apply pressure, which rewarded them with a goal, but if anything this woke the visiting team. Cambridge South got a short corner towards the end of the second half which was fired home by Dave Monck, our star man for short corners (one goal every three shorts). Dave then cleared a short corner off the line at the other end with his cat-like reflexes: well done, Monkosaurus!
With a pumping team talk from the big man, Jan, himself and our goal king, Rob Barton (Rob is number 1!), the second half was more of the same from South with Jimmy slotting home a well worked goal, this time managing to stay on his feet for his moment of glory. Great work, Jimmy!
On another day we could have been punished as the team felt like the game was in the bag. Ely started to apply more pressure which only brought the best out of George Toynton with a couple of Buffon-like saves.
After this the game became more like an ice hockey match, with the conditions worsening and players slipping left, right and centre. An honourable mention to myself, who managed to slip over on the ball with no-one around, only to have the ball played off my elbow by a very comforting defender who was sporting a homemade cap.
With the game in the bag the opposition were getting more frustrated, with one player receiving a green card for a swung stick.
Other honourable mentions for Man of the Match candidates…
JJ - solid in midfield, great movement off the ball all game and nice to see some aerials being thrown.
Pip - outstanding all game, great tackles and very well timed passes through to the midfield.
George - great saves and, as usual, cracking jokes right from the off. Unlucky not to be MoM, (very) lucky not to be LoM with his classic question, "Is Hertford in Hertfordshire?". Yes, George, it is.
Simon - lovely reverse stick skills, work rate was excellent and a well-performed reverse stick aerial!
Andy - great at cutting out passes, solid tackles and Mo Farah-like energy. Truly great stuff.
Dave - powerful hit outs and a thunderous goal (our ears are still ringing).
Rob - shouting positive comments and instructions all game to keep our players calm and composed, especially me. Cheers, Rob.
Jimmy - and of course our real MoM. Very well finished goals, one from almost off the pitch, and solid work rate throughout the game.
Honourable mentions for Lemon of the Match candidates…
Names removed to shield the guilty - handbags being brought out by a number of our team. It's not typical of us… Still, it does show passion and the raised standards we now expect of ourselves!
Rob - for his Neymar-esque run in circles followed by precise hit off the pitch.
Dave - for the majority of his 16s making it all the way to the other end of the pitch and out the gate (time wasting at its best). Apart from the ones which went straight to their forwards.
Jan - for having a little meltdown during the game.
Elijah - and of course Dave's son for getting run over by a parked car during the warm up!
Great win today, lads. We go again!