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Cambridge & Impington Vets v Veterans, 19 Sep 2021 (Friendly)

Buntingford Won 9-2

Chris Carter passes the 150 mark

Chris Carter passes the 150 mark

Sunday saw the lads cross the County-line to take on one of Cambridgeshire’s finest in a match that is becoming a regular fixture in the Vets calendar.

Despite the return of a Magician and a pair of goal and love machine’s, Bunt still arrived with a depleted squad and with the continued absence of the folically abundant playmaker, Matty Smyth, local pundits were questioning the visitor’s ability to reach their regular high hair stylist standard, Karl Brett stepped forward!

Whilst not of Vet age the nature of the fixture and both sides agreeing to play 10 a-side, KB’s debut was a welcome edition and the chicken-legged custodian pulled off a handful of important saves and never looked like putting a tress or lock of hair out of place during a first half that saw the visitors struggle to get in the game for long spells.

Bunt should be applauded for their willingness to play out from the back, but the coaching classes and training manuals that advise incorporating 10-15 passes to penetrate the opponents half when 4-5 will do, must surely be thin on the ground.

Nevertheless when they get it right it can be a thing of beauty and after 20 minutes they took a lead they were never to relinquish.

Carter slid home a gift from Nathe, a goal which finally took him to the 150 landmark, in fact so grateful was the stalwart that the part-time publican had to remind him that it might actually be an idea to put the ball in the net before he began celebrating.

Nathan Searle on the scoresheet again

Nathan Searle on the scoresheet again

Nathe was soon on the score sheet himself when out-muscling the defence he coolly finished off a Doughty through ball with his customary aplomb.

Half time saw the visitor’s 3-0 to the good when left back Wayne thundered a rocket into the top corner.

His strangely nonchalant reaction gave the impression such outcomes from the edge of the box were a regular occurrence.

His team mates know better.

Smudger Smith replaced Chris Adams at the break and a special thanks to the Standon legend for stepping in.

In a closely contested first half the next goal was always going to prove pivotal and Carter’s second tap in from an unselfish Wayney pass, took the wind out of the Imps sails.

Wayne Marden thunders a rocket

Wayne Marden thunders a rocket

Nathe swiftly moved into ‘jug territory’ with a brace then Stevie Dare got in on the act with a brave 50-50 with the home keeper; the fact that it was 98-2 in his favour when he began his run proved to be neither here nor there.

Credit to the Imps for they continued to press and after Carter had his pocket picked they deservedly found the net and a second promptly followed.

Indeed they can count themselves unfortunate to concede a further 2 goals in the 90th minute to make the score read like a landslide which for large parts it was anything but.

Glennington bundled home his 4th in 5 games then the icing on the Bunt cake; skipper Leeroy started off on one of his trademark charges out of defence, a move that often resembles a bull frantically searching for the exit after it has already obliterated the proverbial china shop.

However on this occasion, and somewhat miraculously, the ball was still roughly in the vicinity of his feet when he lifted the final goal of the day over the stranded Imps custodian.

A huge thank you to our hosts for a game played in a great spirit and for their hospitality at the local, The Barley Mow.

We look forward to hosting you in April.

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