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16 November 2014 | Nader_Khalifa

Geo reports on a 7-1 win over a young Chesterton Eagles side...

Long Road show superiority against a resilient Chesterton U20s Without Naders pre-centenery 55 mid-week text message build up trying to warn us about how ridiculously good the opposition are (usually werent), along with a mixture of new players who arent quite aware of the importance of the Centenary Cup to Long Road, I did feel we went into this game with a little naivety. Especially with Ash being away with Ibbdog for Naders stag-do. Which by the way for some of you that dont know, Nader apparently managed to top 100 units of drinking on the Friday night. Heroic and purely inspirational.

Having Rory come in for us definitely helped give us some solid experience from the back which the young Chesterton side couldnt handle quite clearly as their poor captain got utterly crushed in the first 10 minutes. I thought BT was unlucky not to start but as Nicky rightly mentioned before the game that having such a good squad this year, it is becoming very tough when it comes to selecting people particularly in the middle of the park when everyone is available.

I think this year weve been playing some really good possession football, thanks to Ash, which has seen us completely batter sides and wear them down by half-time allowing us to capitalize in the second half when their legs have gone. However, lining up Sunday against a young and unphysical side with Lloyd up top and Rory at the back gave us the perfect opportunity to play some more direct football which definitely worked first half until Lloyd went off. Jordan stepping in between the sticks for practice before he has to face Lakenheath and Shelford in the coming weeks for Fulbourn turned out to be a blessing in disguise. I thought he was superb in goal when called upon and special mention has to go to his distribution. A number of times he completely cleared their back line allowing our wide men and strikers to get in behind.

Defensively I thought we were brilliant, forcing them to one header in the first half and one attempt (their goal) in the second, which looked to be down to us just switching off as the game was already won. As I mentioned above, having Rory in there meant we were slightly more organised but I thought Baker probably had his best game in a Long Road shirt. Solid. Ollie and myself I thought had standard games, neither doing much extra nor much less. Gary and Phil.. standard.

First half was all about staying organised, not letting our guard down and setting the standard for the rest of the game. We did all of those things well without too much else to say. Nicky (old and brittle) was his usual, battling hard, picking the gaps in defense and setting our forwards through, class. Tulloch was smashed and with myself usually still being drunk, I have nothing but admiration for the man for his efforts other than when we all saw him run round the ball twice, brilliant. After re-grouping at half time and losing Lloyd, I think a few of the lads were set on trying to get the ball down again and start playing our football which showed. Goochy came on and put himself about clattering a couple of people in the process and also played some nice 1 touch football with the midfield trying to get forward where possible. The recently absent Izzy came on and did a job. Young, quick, good touch, eager and a superb top corner finish from just inside the box. A real threat to the aging full backs in the team. Idris came on once again showing us all how to do stopovers. A pain in the arse for any defender. Looks to be a good signing for us but would like to see him show some confidence as we all know the lads got ability.

Mike Evans (pussyhole according to their 17 year old full back) was everything you want from a chav. Gobby, diving, subbed off after being booked. In all seriousness I felt Mikey was a real handful. Stayed wide and put a huge amount of pressure on their left-back. Good to have him back. Special mentions for me go to Alex and Greig. Alex, what can I say, hes one of the best talents weve had at Long Road for years and is clearly going to go on to play at a very high level. His touch, vision, and confidence are well above his age. Ridiculous. Greig was average first half but coming on for the last 25 minutes and completely skinning a Soham Town first teamer (their manager) only to place it in the far corner post and in, followed by an unbelievable lob. Special, special goals. Overall, Id like to say on behalf of everyone I think, especially the older players, that Long Road as a team was on the brink of nearly ending when Nader left, but Ash has brought it around and its going from strength to strength every week.

I know Sundays are more of a laugh for most of the team, but we are playing some very very good football. MOM for me goes to Baker, you hard b*stard.



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