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Sandridge Rovers
Knebworth Football Club
Fri 4 May 18:30 - Cup Full time Attendance 100

Vets well beaten in league cup final

The Vets season ended in disaster, suffering a heavy defeat against a clinical Sandridge team.

The Vets season ended in disaster, suffering a heavy defeat against a clinical Sandridge team. The game was full of controversy and a police investigation has been launched after suspicious betting patterns around own goals were detected. The surprise selection of Tony Clare and his part in an own goal by manager Hobbs has attracted attention. In the 20th minute Hobbs cushioned a header back to Clare who somehow failed to gather it. Hobbs was unavailable for comment after the game, and Director of Football John Boyle deflected attention from the issue by launching a stinging attack on the fitness methods of the Vets. Boyle launched into a tirade, stating that after 20 minutes it was clear to everyone that Knebworth were burnt out. “Jackson, Coward, Hamer, Triggs (actually maybe not him) they have the body of a Rolls Royce but the engine of a Robin Reliant. They had nothing left in the second half. Big time Charlie’s the lot of them. Look at Sandridge they had a geezer who celebrates with a double somersault, that’s what you need at this level.” Boyle also questioned whether nerves played a part in this poor Knebworth performance, “I have heard Andy Wray travels with nappies in his kit bag, it’s not a good sign”, said Boyle.

Knebworth started well in the match without managing to create a clear-cut chance. But it was Sandridge who took the lead. A corner was cleared but Knebworth were slow to close down and a shot found its way into the bottom corner. Then came the own goal, Knebworth were slack out wide, allowing an easy cross, towards the highly rated centre forward, Hobbs was perfectly positioned, but Clare failed to gather the header. The third goal was a killer for Knebworth, again a cross from the right and a towering header back across goal from the far post. Knebworth were stunned.

At half time there was belief and optimism. Knebworth kicked off, the ball rolled under a full back’s foot and out for a throw. The midfield were to blame. Optimism fell away. A fourth goal came from a corner, scrappy defending and it was starting to look embarrassing. Knebworth kept fighting, kept trying but it was not to be.

The positions of Hobbs and Coward will be reviewed by the committee. Insiders have leaked that trust between the two has evaporated. Hobbs has been blaming Coward for the defeat, stating that his under 10s came back from 4-0 down to win 6-5 the following morning, the difference being Coward has nothing to do with this team.

A few drinks in the bar and a trip to Stevenage for a few of the squad followed. Unable to relive former glories on the pitch, Coward and Hamer relived their past with a kebab.

The search for silverware continues.

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Dave Jordan is substituted on for Knebworth Football Club
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Greg Millhouse is substituted on for Knebworth Football Club
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  • Sandridge Rovers
  • Knebworth Football Club
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  • Dave Jordan Sub On 45:00'
  • Greg Millhouse Sub On 45:00'
  • Gavin Simpson Sub On 45:00'

Team selection

Clare, Tony Clare, Tony
Hamer, Alex Hamer, Alex
Hobbs, James Hobbs, James
Buck, Barney Buck, Barney
Wray, Andy Wray, Andy
Knights, David Knights, David
Triggs, Frazer Triggs, Frazer
Jackson, Ross Jackson, Ross
Matthews, Paul Matthews, Paul
Lett, Christian Lett, Christian
Coward, Lewis Coward, Lewis


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