C.U.P. 0-2 Foxton
The Foxes were away on Saturday, against Cambridge University Press.
In blustery conditions, the game was never going to be easy for either side, but Foxton put in a solid performance all round, and picked up an excellent and deserved 3 points.
After a good start, in which Foxton took the upper hand, it was Press who had the first real attempt on goal, with a rasping shot that went narrowly over the bar. Foxton stayed on top however, nearly taking the lead on 18 minutes, when Luke picked out Leavers, who had made a good run between the press back line, after a beautiful first touch, his lobbed finish fell narrowly wide of the post with keeper stranded.
Moments later Jez McMurrough, gave Foxton the lead they deserved when he managed to get his head to Liam’s viciously whipped in cross from the right side. Liam should’ve then doubled the lead five minutes later when Foxton were awarded a penalty after Leavers had been bundled over in the box, but his kick hit the outside of the post.
The Foxes kept pushing for a second goal but kept falling short, largely due to some good defending and last minute interceptions from the Press back line.
Just before half time, the home team were awarded a free kick in a dangerous position but the shot sailed high over the cross bar.
Press started the second half better, and really should’ve equalised early on after after a good flowing move down the right, which resulted in the right winger sliding the ball across the goal to his team mate at the back post to tap home, but Aaron somehow managed to throw himself in the way to make a vital block.
The game evened out and became a close affair for a short while, Foxton, were just trying to relieve the CUP pressure, which wasn’t helped when Ada spent 10 minutes in the ‘sin-bin’, and Press, kept doing their best to probe at the Foxton backline. But, with Jez and Leavers leading by example up top, this spurred on the boys behind them, to dig in and defend when needed, which they did superbly.
Foxton got the crucial second goal on 65 minutes, when Leavers held off his defender and played a short pass to Jez, who then scored with a first time shot from a tricky angle wide on the right corner of the box. To be honest he couldn’t have hit it much sweeter as flew past everybody and nestled nicely in the far top corner.
This goal was vital, and gave Foxton a further lift to work even harder to keep Press out, which again they did very well.
Scotty then had a glorious chance to make 3-0, when Ada played him through on goal, but it seemed he had just too much time to think about his shot and he drove it straight at the home keeper.
All Press could muster late on, was another driven shot from distance, which Aaron duly saved comfortably, to secure the win and a clean sheet on his debut for the club.
MOM….. very hard decision this week with a solid performance by all, but the vote goes to Jez McMurrough.