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Haughley United were the first visitors of 2019 to Greshams and they were on the back of a fine unbeaten run which saw them challenging for top spot in the league. On arrival I was met by Danny Thrower who had been suffering from flu all week and was unfortunately unable to take part so we set in a 4 3 3 formation with Bucky, Coops and Nay Woolard in midfield and the same back four and forward line as the previous weeks fine victory over Henley.
Haughley started with a hesitancy and we came out of the blocks well with Coops firing just wide after 10 mins and we looked up for the challenge, but as the half wore on the visitors came more into the game with blistering breakaways instigated by the influential Tredray in midfield and with an abundance of pace up top they threatened our back four on a number of occasions, showing just why they are where they are in the league. Half time 0-0 and the general consensus was that this could be a one goal game…but to whom?!!
We forced the pace from the whistle as the second period began and created a few chances but were looking a bit sluggish in the final third and we were definitely missing the guile and class that Thrower has brought in recent weeks.
Haughley then caught us on the break with their impressive young left winger weaving his way at pace past a back pedalling defence and toe poking home a fine rising shot over Jack Foster to put the visitors into the lead with 15 minutes to go. They nearly went two up when the same player burst forward but a fantastic Bucky tackle halted him in his tracks as he bore down on goal. We knew we had to respond, but try as we might the Haughley rear guard stood strong under the leadership of the impressive West and manager Hawkins and we looked to be heading for a disappointing defeat when up popped James Blades at a corner to volley home a loose ball for a deserved equaliser. We nearly committed hari kari moments after as the Haughley goal scorer was again in one on one with Jack, but the Cranes keeper made a fine and vital save to at least earn us a point.
So, a really good game of football played in good spirit by both sides and well officiated by the evergreen Maurice Scrivener, although we will need a contribution from him for some grass seed as he pretty much wore out the centre circle!! But he still managed to keep well in control of the game despite turning his ankle early on .
MOTM Daniel Buck. Competed for every ball as if his life depended on it.
Finally. We say adios to Jamie Gregory who has decided to leave us after being relegated to just one game on the bench... A good all round footballer but clearly lacking in commitment and loyalty which are two attributes our cub demands.
Happy New Year to all in local football.
EARL OF UFFORD

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Posted: Monday, January 7 2019 by Andy Pearce

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