Great WinSteve Jackson
This weekend gone saw South travel into deepest darkest Lincolnshire for a clash against bottom of the table Spalding. To be fair to them, they were much better than their league position implied having played most of the top of the table so far. After getting changed in the back of a coffee shop and half the team donning some triple XL shirts we were raring to go in the oddly sunny 20 degrees of an October day.
The game started with urgency and South didn’t rest on their laurels expecting an easy game, if anything the entire team upped their game. It wasn’t long before their keeper was called into action keeping the south attack of Olly, Pete, Ed and Jacko at bay. After a sustained period of pressure the ball fell to Jacko at the near post and he scooped it over the keeper. 0-1.
Spalding kept putting South under pressure, but this was mopped up by the backs Dave, Maz, Peter, John and Dean.
The backs linking well with the halves Jim, Nik, Matt kept the forwards supplied with decent passes, helping to create opportunities. One of these found Ed who jinked his way through the D only to be fouled winning South a flick. Jacko was loitering and stepped up to take it and putting it high over the diving keeper. 0-2.
The pressure continued with some great inter play and some first time passing, this lead to Ollie finding himself driving in to the D and burying a shot far post only to have it disallowed for an earlier infringement.
Shortly after with pressure mounting Spalding broke and ended up with a one on one with George in goal, he caught the attackers foot as he was trying to keep up with the ball resulting in a penalty. He was unlucky not to redeem himself as he almost pushed the ball around the post. 1-2.
George, however, did redeem himself a little later, a long overhead ball was well brought down by the Spalding attacker who drove into the D and the attempted lob was batted away.
The second half saw South start strong applying the pressure from the outset. Some good distribution and link up play saw Pete put Jacko through for his 3rd, a chip over the approaching keeper. 1-3.
With a bit of breathing space in the score line and South playing well they pushed for more goals, Pete coming close on a number of occasions. The next came for a well struck shot by Ed after rounding the keeper, finding the back board with a crash. 1-4.
Spalding had been looking dangerous on the break and with most of South camped in their half this eventually paid off, a couple of crashed balls up the pitch saw a good deflection in to the roof of the net, buoying the home side. 2-4.
Cambridge closed the game with yet more pressure and a few short corners which they were unfortunate to capitalise on.
Final score 2-4 and a very well deserved 3 points to South.