Leaders squeeze home with late goal
Fulbourn Institute A 1 Steeple Morden Res 0 A LAST-minute goal condemned Steeple Morden Reserves to defeat against BIS Division 5A league leaders Fulbourn Institute A. In a tight game that produced few chances, the visitors upped their game against a Fu
Fulbourn Institute A 1
Steeple Morden Res 0
A LAST-minute goal condemned Steeple Morden Reserves to defeat against BIS Division 5A league leaders Fulbourn Institute A.
In a tight game that produced few chances, the visitors upped their game against a Fulbourn side that has lost only one and drawn two all season.
It was the youthful home side that dictated play for most of the first half, but they were unable to carve out a goal against a solid Steeple defence and Tim Tidey in goal.
Morden manager Paul Jarman changed things at half time, with Damian Pennell adding some pace and guile to the front line, and Bob Dix coming off the bench to play on the left wing.
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The changes nearly paid dividends when Pennell was put through, only for some good defending to deflect his shot wide.
Shortly after, Pennell was in the thick of it again, but this time the Fulbourn goalkeeper was there to force a low save.
Bob Dix then shot narrowly wide with a speculative free-kick, as Steeple threatened to upset the odds.
However, with a minute left on the clock it was the hosts who made the breakthrough with a Fulbourn striker heading home from a well-taken corner.
Jarman said: "Every one of our players could walk off that pitch with their head held high because they all gave 100 per cent."
Steeple Morden Res: Tidey; Smith, Robson, Jarman, Morris; Pennell, Geraghty, Carlton, M Dix; Thorp, S Gilley. (Subs): Bird, B Dix.
Balsham 3 Great Chishill 1
GREAT Chishill ended a frustrating league campaign with a defeat despite an encouraging second-half performance.
The visitors got off to a bad start as Balsham took control, with their striker bursting through the Chishill defence and firing into the roof of the net.
The hosts soon doubled their lead, when the ball was turned past Chishill keeper Ian Gallagher, following a low Balsham cross.
The home striker then completed his hat-trick just before half time, with a coolly-taken lob that again left Gallagher stranded.
After struggling with the hosts' physical play, Chishill responded well after the break, with Shaun Wilson and Gary Radford linking well down the right.
Steve McGee and Jonathan Drury both had decent chances to pull their team back, but dragged their shots wide.
The visitors did grab a deserved consolation 10 minutes from time, when McGee chipped the Balsham keeper following a low cross from the left.
Great Chishill: Gallagher; R Drury, Saward, Gardiner, Bramwell; Warren, Bennett, E Drury, Hulks; McGee, J Drury. (Subs): Butler, Radford, Wilson.