Tight Match Tight CalfSteve Wicks
You could sense the buzz of excitement as the M2s looked to square up to promotion hopefuls Long Sutton 1s. This was going to be a good battle especially as M2s were fielding an impressive squad with the only late change being Jim Hockley missing out due to his wife giving birth - congrats mate!
The game got off to a bad start with Steve Wicks pulling his calf muscle in the first 3 seconds as he made his first pass of the game. (Lemon). Nevertheless, the game got off to a frantic start, with both sides struggling to find their rhythm and keep possession, and pressing each other well. Sutton probably had the best of this early exchange. But it was their wonder-kid up front who made a quick break away and without breaking stride buried a reverse hit in the corner - it had us all saying under our breath, "fair enough". Despite this, South remained positive, pushing forward with Baggers looking threatening down the right and Nik enjoying lots of space on the left. But with South pushing forward disaster struck as wonder-kid scored an almost carbon copy goal of the first with another reverse hit goal from. No wonder he asked whether daddy could film the match. 2-0 and half time.
Despite being 2-0 down the halftime chat was rightly positive with a call to be more patient and to string more passes together through the midfield. And with that South really started to grow increasingly dominant in the game. Wonder-kid remained a threat - but Mike pulled off about three top quality saves and when Tom Crump - our very own wonder-kid scored his own reverse. The feeling was - it is on. Sutton were tiring as the game went on and Walshy and Menzies were putting in a massive shift in the middle to keep the pressure on. Short corners came and went on both sides, but then up stepped Tom to again strike his and M2s second goal and suddenly it was 2-2. The defence did a great job frustrating Suttons' key players and dealt with the aerial threat as if it was catching practice in the back garden. A late chance fell to Tom to get his hattrick but alas a foot in the D prevented the absolute dream come back. Nevertheless as the final whistle blew the M2s could walk off the pitch with their head held high at being equal to an impressive Long Sutton team. 2-2 felt good, especially as there was a feeling it could have been even better, but also without some exceptional saves from Mike a lot worse.