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Ashdon Villa
Cambridge University Press
Tue 30 Aug 18:15 - League Full time

Reserves battle back to claim draw

Reserves come from 2 down to claim draw...and it could have been more

A 6.15pm kick-off on a Tuesday night at Ashdon Villa; not the easiest game to organise players for or get to. That was evident with two of the starting line-up arriving less than 20 minutes before the planned start, eventually finding the dry pitch in a pretty much hidden location. We were bolstered by two first-teamers joining us

Team: Alex ©, Ryan, Hilaire, Matt, Csaba, Elliott, Jonny P (1), Baz, Suki (1), Rob, Scott
Subs: Kendal, Stuart, Sharkey

A limited warm-up and rush to get ready for kick-off was evident as we started slow and struggled to get into the game for the two first 20 minutes. Some sloppy play gifted a tricky Ashdon even more chances than the ones they created from good football and soon they had a 2 - 0 lead. After a few strong words, some committed tackles, and reverting back to a 4-2-3-1 formation from 4-4-2, we are started to get a foot in the game and ended the half on top but without quite scoring.

The improved play and dominance continued in the second half as Jonny P and Baz picked out the passes unleashing Elliott and Suki on the wings and great hold-up play from Scott supporting Rob up front. A great move down the right and ball played across the box saw Suki half the deficit on his debut for the club. The game was then level after a push in the box allowed Jonny P to convert his second penalty in a matter of games.

We continued putting the pressure on Ashdon forcing some last-ditch tackles, bringing on fresh legs to help be in the ascendency, but unable to claim a match-winner that would have been deserved...but did not look likely after the first 20 minutes.

A well-earned point and more importantly an impressive fight back, which would have likely been a heavy defeat last season!

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Ray, Alex Ray, Alex
Cullum, Ryan Cullum, Ryan
Hajdu, Csaba Hajdu, Csaba
O'Rourke, Baz O'Rourke, Baz
Tcheutcheua, Hilaire Tcheutcheua, Hilaire
Beattie, Matt Beattie, Matt
Irvine, Elliott Irvine, Elliott
Pugh, Jonny Pugh, Jonny
Jones, Rob Jones, Rob
Barker, Scott Barker, Scott
Usman, Dasuki Usman, Dasuki

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