Houghton & Wyton 4-0 Fenstanton
Fenstanton crashed to their first defeat of the season at the hands of local rivals Houghton & Wyton.
Fenstanton were missing a lot of big players this week, with Ben Fuller, Ross Fairley, Adam Berrill, Luke Males, Darren Bryant, Tom Cody, Tristan Young all missing, and having to field an injured Dave Moore on the bench. But the starting 11 was still relatively strong.
Houghton dominated the early stages of the game forcing many corners in the opening 10 minutes. But it was Fenstanton who had the ball in the net, with Tom Brown, who was making his first appearance of the season, tapping in from close range, but unfortunately it was ruled out for offside. And Ben Hall was unlucky not to win a penalty when he sat the Houghton full back down, and the ball appeared to hit the defender’s arm, but nothing was given.
They were the only real highlights for Fenstanton in that half, with Houghton outmuscling Fenstanton in all areas of the pitch, and were lucky to not go behind when the Houghton striker Bozo Saso nipped in, but was denied by a smart save by Adam Buckingham.
It was not long after that Saso had the ball in the net, with Houghton winning an unchallenged header straight from a goal kick, to which the Fenny back line were very flat footed, and Saso smashed in from a one on one.
1-0 became 2-0 soon after, with the Houghton winger whipping in a low cross into the ‘corridor of uncertainty’ to which Saso tapped in his second of the game.
2-0 down at half time, and an improvement needed to made, which it was, but it still wasn’t exactly great. As Houghton were still bullying Fenstanton across the pitch. Ben Hall and Salv Merola did get in behind a few times, but found their efforts cleared off the line.
Houghton made a few changes and it was one of them that scored the 3rd goal of the game and settle the tie. In a carbon copy of the first goal, latching on to a header, straight off ofa goal kick.
To rub salt into the wounds, Houghton grabbed a forth, with the tall substitute, heading in from close range.
A miserable day, and a miserable result for Fenstanton, who see their lead cut to just 1 point at the top of Cambs NMC League, Division 2B.