Hykeham Tigers v Greenbank Buccaneers
So it was off to Fen Lane on a bright day with a cold wind blowing in?
Greenbank started well with Bailey a constant threat running down the right and cutting in which resulted in a couple of early corners for the Buccaneers – Bailey then nearly opened the scoring cutting inside and getting a shot off that their keeper did well to keep out. However the opening goal wasn’t long coming as Greenbank made their possession count and Jake drove forward from the back playing the ball to Bailey who squared for Charlie F to calmly slot home. Greenbank were controlling the middle of the pitch with Mason and Jake breaking up the Hykeham attacks and turning defence into attack with good distribution. Greenbank nearly added to their score when Mason won back possession in the middle before playing Bailey in only for a Hykeham defender to bring him down resulting a free kick which Jake just put wide of the post. Greenbank were well on top and looking like they could add a second at any time forcing 4 corners in a row and both Bailey and Mason coming close on 2 occasions shooting just wide.
The second half started much as the first had ended with Greenbank dominating the ball and coming close from Bailey and Charlie R shooting just wide after some great passing in the middle between Mason and Jake who were linking up well. Out of nowhere though Hykeham equalised, breaking free and the cross from the right being slotted home giving Aaron no chance. Despite this set back Greenbank continued to press forward with Drew, Charlie R and Bailey all coming within a whisker of restoring the lead again. Then… against the run of play Hykeham were ahead!!! A hopeful ball forward fell nicely for their striker who made no mistake with a cool finish. Suddenly it was a different game with Hykeham looking like they were going to score again with only good defending from Oli and a nice save from Aaron preventing them from extending their advantage. With minutes to go Greenbank finally got the equaliser with Jake applying a lovely finish from outside the box that left their keeper no chance. In a move that typified the kind of game it was Hykeham then broke free and took the lead again leaving the Greenbank mums and dads with their heads in their hands as it looked like Hykeham had stolen the honours at the death! But Greenbank were not to be denied and some excellent inter passing in the middle by Mason and Jake saw Bailey put through on the right and his cross found Charlie R who made no mistake with the finish to earn the Buccaneers a share of the spoils in the last seconds.
On what can only be described a game that swung backwards and forth, Greenbank deservedly got a draw from a game that they looked certain to win and then looked like they were about to lose. Great fight and determination from the whole team to come back and fight to the end.
Player of the match
Mason – some excellent tackling and tracking back to break up the play and showed lots of good touches and a calmness on the ball to help to set up attacks