Fenstanton 2-1 Brampton Reserves
Fenstanton played what seemed their toughest game of the season so far, against Brampton Reserves who came to Hall Green Lane with all guns blazing and their eyes on promotion.
With several key players missing from this week’s squad including midfielders Adam Berrill, Ryan Hunt, Scott Morrison and the in form veteran, Ben “Drogba” Fuller, they did however welcome back Ross Fairley, Tristan Young, Andy Broadbank and Martin Fowler who made his first start since re-joining the club 2 weeks ago.
The game started off with a fast feel to it, with Fenstanton dominating in all areas of the pitch. As early as 7 minutes into the game, a touch of class from top scorer Ben Hall on the right enabled him to drill the ball into the back of the net giving Fenny the lead. Less than 10 minutes later, striker Ross Fairley was brought down in the box after a mazy run. The referee had no choice but to award Fenstanton a penalty. Ben Hall stepped up to convert the penalty making it 2-0 and scoring his 21st goal of the season.
There were so many chances to increase the lead before half time with Salv Merola coming close quite a few times, and even defender Paul Street found himself up near Brampton’s goal, missing by only a couple of inches. Usual story for Streety.
Fenny went in at half time with a comfortable 2-0 lead and felt confident they could create a 2nd half performance equal, if not better to the 1st half, claiming all 3 points easily.
1 minute into the 2nd half however, Paul Street made a challenge on Brampton’s winger that Vinnie Jones and Julian dicks would have been proud of, and he immediately went into the ref’s book. Was this a sign for things to come for Fenny?
It seemed that the buzz Fenstanton had created amongst themselves in the 1st half had disappeared and it was Brampton’s turn to try and take control of the game.
Brampton pulled a goal back on the hour mark, with the Brammo player striking from about 20 yards out. A shot that keeper Adam Buckingham could have easily dealt with, only to find the ball in the back of his net.
With the score now at 2-1, Brampton pressed Fenstanton trying to make sure that they didn’t go home empty handed. They could have easily made the scores level if not for some excellent defending from the back 4 of Tom Cody, Arran Balls, Martin Fowler and Paul Street.
Brampton had a last minute penalty appeal turned down by the referee. Fortunately the ref knows a good and fair tackle when he sees one. This increased Brampton’s frustrations though and they pulled out all the stops going into injury time.
Despite having a full squad, only 1 substitution was made with Kieran Heaford replacing Tristan Young. The fresh pair of legs created a couple of chances in the dying minutes, striker Ross Fairley coming closest, with an opportunity to seal the win before Brampton could equalise, but unfortunately his shot sailed over the cross bar.
Fenstanton had their backs against the wall for the final minute of the game, Dave Moore getting added to the referee’s caution list, but they managed to hold on until the final whistle and the end score was 2-1 to Fenny.
Fenstanton travel to Brampton next week for the opposite fixture. No doubt they will be looking for revenge.