Fenstanton 5-3 Mepal Sports
On a day of terrible conditions, with gale force winds blowing towards the ‘changing room end’ this was always going to be won by the side that defended better against the wind… Fortunately it was Fenstaton.
Buckingham and Tilbury were forced to make a few changes, and decided to make the most of Fenny’s large squad.
In was Tom Cody for the place of young Scott Wilkinson, in was Arran Balls, slotting in next to Moore (DSD) at centre half, and the final change was the injured Dion ‘Audley’ Lee, being replaced by Scott Morrison in central midfield. There were substitute spots for new signing Leo Cutler and the elusive Tristan Young.
Fenstanton won a vital toss and opted to defend against the wind first half, and as expected it was all Mepal in that half. Fenstanton were defending well, but went behind, giving away a stupid free kick in a dangerous position, that was whipped in and headed home at the back stick.
Surprisingly Fenstanton hit back instantly, with Salv Merola hitting a deep cross, over the flapping goalkeeper (who wiped out Adam Berrill) for Ben Hall to lash home at the back stick.
Mepal soon went close again from distance, with Adam Buckingham, tipping the ball on to his crossbar. But Mepal soon went 2-1 up courtesy of a contentious penalty, where Arran Balls was adjudged to have fouled the Mepal winger.
2-1 soon came 3-1 when a looping header was caught by the winds and found the far top corner. Fenstanton did manage to hold on until half time, and were quietly confident at only being 3-1 down at half time.
A huge performance needed from Fenny started off well, when goalkeeper Buckingham, saw a huge gap in Mepal’s defence, and hit a perfectly weighted clearance, in to the path of veteran Ben Fuller, who cooly lobbed the keeper.
A minute later, Fuller was soon back on the score sheet, when he poked in from close range, after the opposition’s goalkeeper dropped a dangerous Ben Hall cross. 3-3, and Mepal looked done.
Fenstanton’s turnaround was complete moments after, when the lively Ben Hall cut in from the right and smashed in from the corner of the box, to keep his hot streak going.
Mepal did nearly equalise, when a lapse in concentration allowed the Mepal striker to go one on one with Buckingham, but he couldn’t beat Fenny’s number 1.
4-3, soon became 5-3, when Salv Merola got in on the act, with a cross shot that eluded everyone and found its way in at the far stick. 5-3, game over.
The victory put Fenstanton top of the table, and the yellows host basement boys Bluntisham Rangers Reserves this Saturday.