“UP THERE WITH THE BEST………”
Present:Managers Reedy and Edgar, Secretary Wrighty, Birdy, El tel, Loz, Pauly, Phil,
Fozzy, Peaky, SuperSi, Martin(Young Pipey) + guests Deano and Tommy C.
Absent: Don’t get me started!!!!!! + Brenn
In his 10 years in charge his post match comments of “ up there with the best performances in my time” were in stark contrast to his pre match comments immediately prior to kick off of “ any thing better than a 4-0 defeat here will be a result!!!”
The reasons for his pessimism?? Well they are the Red Bull from Cambridge, but a pub side they certainly not. Manager Simon Moir has assembled a terrific talented squad filled with local ex semi pro footballers , most of who were still playing at that level less than a decade ago.
Added to this, Newmarket found due to many absentees and late withdrawals they only had 9 players and no goalkeeper with 5 minutes to go to kick off. Simon kindly lent us Tommy Crawford, who was no stranger to the team, but what was stranger is we managed to collar Deano from Kennett who was on the line of an adjacent match to guest for us in goal!!!
Onto the game….as expected it was one way traffic and Deano was soon finding out his Sunday morning was a lot busier than he had expected. Red Bull took the lead through Andy Mee (ex Newmarket!!!!) and we awaited the onslaught. But wait….Young Pipey showed great composure when he found himself in a rare position in the Red Bulls box and rounded the keeper to equalise.
Deano had to return to Kennetts team at half time as their ‘keeper was injured!!!..the chances of that!!.. so Birdy reluctantly took over in goal and Reedy entered the game. Despite all their dominance and ticky tacky football Red Bull were constantly thwarted by the Jockeys defence admirably led by Loz and Pauly. A couple of goal line clearances kept the scores level. the best being a spectacular headed one by Young Pipey onto the bar and away.
Then the unthinkable happened!!!...Reedy sent Phil away who just reached the ball before the keeper but knocked it wide so there was no angle, however he set himself up and curled it in via the post…..2-1…. Unbelievable!
The younger Red Bull put their older opponents under the cosh for the last stages of the game and got the equaliser with a Mark Abbs (another ex Newmarket!!!) free kick that would have beat any keeper let alone our Birdy. The Jockeys managed to see out the rest of game and secure the draw which felt like a victory.
Off to the Red Bull pub after with our hosts where we wallowed in our performance, and listened, to those who were interested, in Phils’ constant explanation of the Pythagorus Theorem and how he netted from such an angle!!!!!.....yawn!!
Next game in 2 weeks at Hemingford…another tough game awaits.