Hertford not ready to Exet

first_imgSexy football was the order of the day at the third round of the Cuppers 5-a-side football last Thursday this round was definitely less One Man and his Dog and more Footballer’s Wives: physical, passionate, full of talent and with the odd smattering of sexy soccer. Queen’s B kicked off the day’s play against Exeter A in a corker of a match. Players fizzed around the pitch like annoyed wasps, buzzing after the ball (or, more often than not, after the legs of the opposition). An early Exeter free-kick was charged down by the omnipresent Sutcliffe who bit into the tackle and released Pearson to put Queen’s into the lead. Exeter were being outplayed by a Queen’s side full of verve, and although the physical Paul Coles was doing his best to keep them in the game, Queen’s B clinched another victory in what has been a fine tournament for them. Queen’s A were not as successful against historic rivals Teddy Hall B. Queen’s, orchestrated by the nimble-footed Kurosh Nikbin, dominated their ragged opponents who were indebted to goalkeeper Julian Baker for a series of fine saves. It was no surprise when Duncan Knox’s precise right-footed drive put Queen’s 1-0 up in the final minute, but then Queen’s keeper Graham Tunbridge, star of previous rounds, inadvertently directed a hopeful flick into his own net. Servants vanquished masters in the penalty shoot-out as Hall won 2-1. St Catz A beat Univ A in a match of minimal incident. Key players Chris Tapp (Univ) and Chris Vaulks (St Catz) pulled off several fine stops before Chris Bargate deservedly won the game for Catz with a well placed leftfooted shot. Good things come to those who wait, and those that stayed to see the final match were in for a treat as Hertford B produced football of such stunning simplicity and effectiveness to stun Exeter B. One-touch passing and movement were combined with spatial awareness and confidence in their teammates as first Scott Johnston and then Marc Rogers put Hertford in complete control of the game. Only Exeter keeper Olly Williams kept the score down. If they keep this form up Hertford might be an outside bet for the final. They continue to prove that you don’t have to be hard to be sexy.ARCHIVE: 4th week TT 2004last_img

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