Hemel Hempstead (away) match report

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Hemel Hempstead (away) match report

Postby Probably Shirts » Sun Feb 25, 2018 7:14 pm

Many Shades given good run for their money

On Saturday 24th February, we travelled to the Cavendish School in Hemel Hempstead to play the Tudors’ walking footballers in a return fixture following last year’s narrow 4-3 victory on 11th November. So it was that the young men of Hemels Happy Feet faced up against the Many Shades of Grey. We clearly won the “team name street-cred” competition!

The Happy Feet were out of their blocks quickly, and played a well-drilled pass-and-move game, feeding their mobile forwards well. It wasn’t long before this push and run style of play paid off, and they took a marginally deserved lead.

The second period saw the Many Shades dominate for long stretches, and our pressure was rewarded thanks to a Steve Hall equalizer followed by a classic Rich Bishop bottom-corner placed shot from distance.

With both sides making regular substitutions, the pattern of play and overall team shape became a little less clear-cut, and the game became a little scrappy. This led to some frustrations, with both teams beginning to push the boundaries of the rules and giving the ref a testing time.

In the third period, the Happy Feet’s tackling began to leave the Many Shades with some reasons to be less than cheerful, none more so than when Stew Russell was taken down from behind in the penalty area and no foul was given. By the end of the period, the Happy Feet had equalized, and so we went into the final period level at 2-2.

The Hemel players’ overall fitness and ability to walk extremely quickly (so much so that you might even have thought their No. 3 was running quite a lot) pulled our tiring defence apart, and truth be told it was only John Kennett’s heroics in goal that kept us in the game. However with about 6 minutes left they got the goal that mattered, and as we tried desperately to push forward for an equalizer so they inevitably countered in swarming numbers and added a fourth.

So we lost 4-2, but that wasn’t the end. Oh no, for once on our travels we had a changing room with, wait for it, hot showers! Sheer bliss after the near-zero temperatures and Siberian breeze we had endured for the previous hour. Then it got even better as they had invited us back to the Vauxhall Road ground, where we were treated to sarnies, chips, chicken wings and then on to watch the mighty Hawks as they were the better side in a 0-0 draw dominated by the freezing wind.

Many thanks to Hemel Hempstead Town for their hospitality, which was excellent.

Your Many Shades squad for the day, and complementary entrants to the stadium, were: John Kennett, Jeff Pickering, Stew Russell, new Monday night signing Pete Brown, Rich Bishop, James McIlwaine, Steve Hall, Barry Ingram, Pete Dolamore, and John “the Hat” Hicks.
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