MATCH REPORT | CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS v MILDENHALL TOWN RESERVES
Cambridge University Press defeat Mildenhall Town Reserves as the Hall Reserves begin their pre-season preparations
‘Well lost five goals in a 38-minute blitz as the league champions ran riot against a knackered-looking visitors.
Three goals inside seven minutes midway through the second half finished the game and another quick treble early in the second sealed Hall's fate, before a late seventh rubbed salt into the wounds.
The Hall Reserves opened their pre-season schedule at Cambridge University Press, who were promoted to the Kershaw Premier last season.
Injuries, holidays and other commitments hampered Hall’s selection with James Connell, Will Evans, Jamie Hilton, Marcio Pereira, Alex Stillinger and Kyle Huxtable missing, forcing many changes in the ranks, with youngsters making up a large proportion of the starting XI.
Following a couple of comfortable saves, new Mildenhall Reserves keeper Martin was forced into the first of several crucial stops, blocking Dan Heron’s stab at goal from six yards.
In the 13th minute the Hall ‘keeper produced a spectacular stop to palm Brett Wyman’s dipping volley over his cross bar.
From the resultant corner, Cambridge University Press took the lead, Mickael Lustig’s rising highest to get the opening goal.
The home side’s pressure paid off twelve minutes later when Cambridge University Press player was found unmarked on the right side, was allowed to drag the ball across the box before slamming a low right foot shot.
In truth the damage could have been worse before Mildenhall Reserves regrouped and reshaped at half-time The Hall played good football at times in the first half, but just lacked work rate off the ball and lacked support in the final third.
Five minutes later CUP extended their lead. Bradley Erskine worked a one-two at the edge of the box, but a clever bit of play carried him beyond the Mildenhall defence and when his shot rebounded in off the post.
Before Mildenhall Reserves could rally, they found themselves four down. Both Ndungu and Chizari got caught under CUP’s direct style of play and CUP ran through unchallenged at the back post to slot the ball over the line.
However, that challenge evaporated five minutes into the half when McDermotts’s volley from 12 yards made it 5-0. Within eight minutes, a sublime goal from CUP, with another volley, as Mildenhall failed to do their defensive duties to make it 6-0.
Martin was helpless on those occasions but the ‘keeper produced another diving save to deny CUP striker. The hosts then rattled a shot off the post before rounding off the score to 7-0 after several sublime saves by the Hall Reserves keeper.
Mildenhall’s day was summed up when Shaun McAvoy made his first and only save 10 minutes from time, admittedly a smart stop to push a fierce shot round the post.
It was a dreadful afternoon for the Hall, but the pre-season preparations can only go one way from now and that's up.
Mildenhall Town Reserves: Martin, Grinling, Baxter, Challis, Cocksy, Neo, Corbett, Chizari, Odeleye, Lindsay, Frank