Wednesday 13th April 2016 – Thurlow Nunn Premier Division
Goddy Rovers 3 Felixstowe & Walton United 2
MoM: Luke Brown (Goddy Rovers)
Goals: Luke Brown 2, Taylor Parr
Having had a closely contested 0-0 three weeks previously, nobody expected anything but another tight contest, as Felixstowe made the long journey to Huntingdonshire.
Parr came back from suspension replacing Unwin who has been playing battered and bruised for some games now, whilst Moran and Diaper replaced Groves and Yambasu, respectively.
After the stalemate at the Goldstar ground in March, we should have been a goal to the good inside a minute. Johnny Hall sent a brilliant deep delivery from a corner which found Parr who somehow, with a gaping net, fluffed his free header from 4 yards, in what was a golden chance.
We were made to pay, as the away team moved the ball well and took the lead with a low drive that wrong footed Conroy in goal.
From here though, we were excellent against an excellent team. On 10 minutes LUKE BROWN smashed home an equaliser after Diaper had struck a post following a corner.
Our set plays seemed to be causing the visitors all manner of problems and after Bowen saw a header fly inches wide,we were soon leading when TAYLOR PARR made amends for his early miss, smashing home after a long McDonald throw had caused panic.
Spark, who tormented the right back all night , was at the heart of all things good. He went close soon after whilst Hyem tested the capable away keeper moments after the goal.
Niall made an excellent save to turn over a curling effort from a dangerous Felixstowe raid, but in truth we didn’t want half time to come, as we were causing lots of problems as we moved the ball well at the turn over of possession.
Dominant as we were becoming, the second half was a different story as Felixstowe came out the traps and dominated territory. Spark set up Brown on the counter after a 50 yard dribble leaving 3 in his wake, whilst we had to be at our resolute best to repel the barrage of crosses that came into our box.
On 55 minutes, parity was restored as a swift counter was excellently dispatched for 2-2. We were on the back foot for 20 minutes , but managed to limit chances and grew into the game once more.
A goal mouth scramble saw Moran mis kick from 6 yards and Hyem and Diaper both had efforts blocked as the game threatened to tip either way. Felixstowe ruffled the side netting on 75 minutes, but on 82 minutes we were ahead once more. We moved the ball well through Parr, Hyem and Brown, who slipped an excellent reverse ball to the tireless Hyem who was caught whilst rounding the keeper. LUKE BROWN who at 19 has the ability and temperament to make a mark in the game, stepped up and wrapped the winning goal in off the left post.
The remaining 10 minutes saw us defending with our lives as we dropped deeper and deeper. Thankfully Niall wasn’t called into further action, and a massive 3 points were secured.
This was a “proper game” of football. And only in these tight games against excellent opposition do you get the satisfaction from claiming victory.
On Saturday we face Brantham Athletic who inflicted an opening day defeat on us, in what seems like a lifetime ago. We won’t have revenge on our minds, just a focus to collect the points we need to cement 2nd place and close the gap on Norwich United.
See you at the far post.