Chishill grab a late point
Great Chishill 2 Bassingbourn 2 GREAT Chishill snatched a point on Saturday (December 16), just when it looked like Bassingbourn might take all three. The home side started in fine form, with some neat football. Despite their early dominance, Chis
Great Chishill 2 Bassingbourn 2
GREAT Chishill snatched a point on Saturday (December 16), just when it looked like Bassingbourn might take all three.
The home side started in fine form, with some neat football. Despite their early dominance, Chishill found it increasingly hard to break the deadlock.
Jonathan Drury came close with a few chances, in particular a clever lob that went agonisingly over the bar.
However the deadlock was broken when a speculative volley from a Bassingbourn attacker found the back of the net.
But the lead was short-lived, as Luke Tyler powered through the defence and pulled the ball back for Drury to steer home.
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It was much of the same in the second half, with Division 3 high fliers, Chishill dominating.
Tyler cut in from the right and fired a low shot for the keeper to save well with his legs.
The game looked to be heading for a draw. But when a heavy Chishill clearance fell to a Bassingbourn striker five minutes from time, he made no mistake with a curled strike.
Chishill refused to be beaten, and their spirit was rewarded when Peter Jackson's right wing cross was turned into the net by a back-tracking defender to see them maintain their unbeaten record.
Gamlingay Utd Res 3 Melbourn 5
A MINUTE'S silence for player Cliff Waldman on the first anniversary of his death preceded this match.
Melbourn started brightly, with a number of early chances being created for forwards Andrew Morris and Kris Watters.
It was Jason Gray who opened the scoring after 20 minutes when he pounced on a loose ball in the six- yard area and managed to flick the ball past the young Gamlingay keeper.
Soon afterwards Andy Richardson and Morris switched positions which provided immediate dividends, with Richardson using his pace to beat the slow Gamlingay defence and slot home goal number two.
But then Gamlingay broke down a Melbourn attack and from a good passing move, the ball was cleverly chipped over Glen Pearse's head for them to pull back a goal before the break.
Melbourn had the slope in the second half, and pressure was maintained on the home goal, with the tireless Gray smashing home his second hard and low.
This setback did not deter Gamlingay, and from a corner they grabbed their second via a deflection.
Then Gray, once again inspiring his team mates, ran on to a through ball down the right, but was fouled just outside the penalty area.
Morris knocked in the resultant free kick for Mark Williams to score a fourth.
Once again Gamlingay picked themselves up and a shot from the edge of Melbourn's box clipped Bill Mansfield and was deflected into the net.
Melbourn's fifth goal came from Watters, after he won a tackle with the opposing keeper and fired into an empty net.
- A SPECIAL match in memory of Cliff Waldman will take place between Meldreth and Melbourn.
Cliff who died in a car accident last December, played for both clubs.
And in a fitting tribute to Melbourn's all-time top goal scorer, the two clubs will meet at Meldreth Recreation Ground on Sunday, December 31, at 10.30am.
All proceeds from the match will be donated to Magpas, the emergency medical charity.
Andy Edwards of Melbourn said: "Cliff was a great player for Melbourn and he scored more than 100 goals.
His death was very tragic and I couldn't think of a more fitting tribute than a match between the two sides he used to play for.